Skip to comments.The New Normal (Oliver North)
Posted on 08/03/2012 9:15:48 AM PDT by jazusamo
WASHINGTON This week's revelation about the president's authorizing covert action in Syria should not have come as a surprise to anyone. On Wednesday, Aug. 1, CNN carried a breathless report sourced to "U.S. officials" that our beloved Nobel Peace Prize recipient in the Oval Office "has signed a covert directive authorizing U.S. support for Syrian rebels battling President Bashar al-Assad." According to the story, which was picked up by dozens of other outlets within hours, "The secret order, referred to as an intelligence 'finding,' allows for clandestine support by the CIA and other agencies."
Given the torrent of self-adulatory leaks since the O-Team arrived in Washington three and a half years ago, this should have been the non-story of the month. But the mainstream media fell for it faster than Missy Franklin could swim 100 meters. That's just what the O-Team wanted and has come to expect.
It turns out the story is true. Obama did sign a "finding" a document required by the 1974 Hughes-Ryan Amendment to the Foreign Assistance Act. The Nixon-era law compels a president to notify Congress that he has formally authorized a "covert" U.S. intelligence activity that goes beyond the collection of information, and that the activity is important to U.S. national security.
As a result of Hughes-Ryan, Congress set up "permanent select committees" in the House and Senate and committed to protect sensitive sources, methods, identities and operational details that would put Americans and/or our allies at risk. Both committees were provided special access facilities where classified material could be discussed, debated and stored. Members of the committee staffs are subject to background investigations and granted security clearances.
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Thanks, Ollie, but the leaks are only part of the problem. Can anyone say for sure who we are now supporting? If radical Islam ends up in power and Christians get murdered, will those supporting intervention pay with their jobs?
Thanks for the ping jaz. Sad state of affairs with this administration.
“If radical Islam ends up in power and Christians get murdered, will those supporting intervention pay with their jobs?”
You jest, yes? Getting radical Islam in power seems to be what Obama wants, since that follows wherever we stick our nose these days. I’m guessing that when Islamists take over countries, there’s free pizza and beer parties all over State and the CIA.
Of course not - they'll get raises and promotions.
Fostering the spread of radical Islam and murdering Christians is the goal of this administration.
Both The Won and the barbarians on the other end of the BlackBerry hate freedom, hate Western Civilization, and hate this country.
They want to see most of us dead, the rest in chains.
If radical Islam ends up in power and Christians get murdered, will those supporting intervention pay with their jobs?
You jest, yes? Getting radical Islam in power seems to be what Obama wants, since that follows wherever we stick our nose these days. Im guessing that when Islamists take over countries, theres free pizza and beer parties all over State and the CIA.
Sorry, I was thinking of the Republicans — McCain, certain writers at the Wall Street Journal, etc. We KNOW they will be whooping it up at Sate if the mullahs take over in Syria.