Bill To Stop Security Leaks

Discussion in 'Freedom and Liberty' started by tulianr, Aug 1, 2012.

  1. tulianr

    tulianr Don Quixote de la Monkey

    EVERY DAY IN Washington, government officials — at the Pentagon, the State Department, the White House, Congress or the CIA, to name a few — talk to journalists about information that is considered sensitive. The officials are not quoted by name, but the information is provided for the reporter’s understanding and it often makes its way into the public realm.

    These officials are attempting to help the American people sort out complex policies. Often they have strong views, as boosters or dissidents of the policies. This vast public square is a robust and enduring feature of our democracy.

    Now, spurred by recent national security leaks, the Senate intelligence committee has voted 14 to 1 to outlaw many of such background briefings. An amendment to the 2013 intelligence authorization bill would prohibit anyone but the director, deputy director or public affairs representative of an intelligence agency from providing “background or off-the-record information regarding intelligence activities” to the media. Those at the top could go on talking, while lower-level experts or anyone who might have contrary views would be blocked.
    It sweepingly prohibits disclosure of “intelligence activities” without distinguishing among different levels of classification that are used every day by the 4.8 million people authorized to handle such material.
  2. Seawolf1090

    Seawolf1090 Retired Curmudgeonly IT Monkey Founding Member

    So, yet another law to make something illegal....... oh yeah, this will so work....... this time. ;)
  3. CATO

    CATO Monkey+++

    What do you expect...after all, this IS the most transparent government ever. :rolleyes:

    They must also be the most thinking administration ever given the amount of dollars they've spent.
  4. Seawolf1090

    Seawolf1090 Retired Curmudgeonly IT Monkey Founding Member

    Well, he is right on one count - he's more 'creative' than past Presidents who were limited by The Constitution. bobo is always devising new ways to do an endrun around that pesky Congress.
  5. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Monkey++

    This would be effective against those pesky whistle-blowers.
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