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December 28, 2007

Top 6 National Security Bloopers of 2007

The top news of the day, of course, is about Benazir Bhutto today...as it should be. My first words after hearing about her assassination yesterday were, "The fat's in the fire now!" The next few days will be crucial ones in a situation where things have the potential to get very ugly indeed. All eyes are on Pakistan.

Still, my weekly article (written before this news broke) is running as scheduled over at FamilySecurityMatters.org and in it, I talk about what I think are the top national security bloopers of 2007. Here's a snippet:

#3: MEDIA BLASTS CIA FOR KEEPING INTERROGATION TECHNIQUES, WELL, SECRET

Why is the media having a fit that the CIA, whose every move is supposed to be cloaked in secrecy, is trying to keep its interrogation tactics a secret from the enemy? This makes even less sense when you think about how many MSM outlets were outraged about the outing of (non-covert) agent Valerie Plame. The CIAs decision to destroy interrogation tapes of high-value al Qaeda captives makes sense in a time of war: you dont tell your opponents your battle plans; nor do you tell them anything else that might give them an advantage. Besides, as Cliff Kincaid pointed out, the whole thing was blown out of proportion by a press salivating at the chance to place the White House in a cover-up scandal not seen since the days of Watergate.

Read it all here.

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