Posted by: Democratic Thinker | September 5, 2009

CIA Asks For Probe

The Washington Times reports that the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) has asked the Department of Justice the investigate the criminal disclosure of a secret program. See excerpt:

EXCLUSIVE: CIA asks Justice to probe leaks of secrets

By Eli Lake, Sara A. Carter THE WASHINGTON TIMES

Besieged by leaks of several closely held secrets, the CIA has asked the Justice Department to examine what it regards as the criminal disclosure of a secret program to kill foreign terrorist leaders abroad, The Washington Times has learned.

Two U.S. intelligence officials, who spoke on the condition that they not be named because of the sensitivity of the case, said the leak investigation involved a program that CIA Director Leon E. Panetta told Congress about in June and that surfaced in news reports just a month later.

The vice chairman of the the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence declined to discuss any possible leak investigations but told the Times on Thursday that a growing number of disclosures of highly secret programs, tactics and other information had caused “irreparable damage” to the U.S. intelligence community.

“They foil our attempts to carry out classified missions,” Sen. Christopher S. Bond said in an interview. “They tell our intelligence community: We don’t have your back; we’re stabbing you in the back. Our allies ask us, ‘How can we trust you to deal in classified matters in private, when the details are leaked to the press?'”

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†Tagged as Treason: 1. Under natural law, exposing state secrets in time of war is treason; 2. Such treason causes incalculable death and destruction to individual citizens, so natural law demands the severest penalties, up to and including capital punishment; 3. Factional demagogues may parse such actions a “justifiable” or “patriotic” or, worst of all, “answering to a higher calling” 4. The U.S. Constitution codifies natural law in Article III § 3: Treason against the United States, shall consist only in levying war against them, or in adhering to their enemies, giving them aid and comfort. No person shall be convicted of treason unless on the testimony of two witnesses to the same overt act, or on confession in open court.