19 February 2009

The Spirit of Daniel Ellsberg

The Spirit of Daniel Ellsberg lives and, apparently has possessed Dianne Feinstein!

How else does one explain a statement at an open hearing by the chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee that reveals classified information?

A senior U.S. lawmaker said Thursday that unmanned CIA Predator aircraft operating in Pakistan are flown from an airbase inside that country, a revelation likely to embarrass the Pakistani government and complicate its counterterrorism collaboration with the United States.

The disclosure by Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), the chairwoman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, marked the first time a U.S. official had publicly commented on where the Predator aircraft patrolling Pakistan take off and land.

At a hearing, Feinstein expressed surprise at Pakistani opposition to the ongoing campaign of Predator-launched CIA missile strikes against Al Qaeda targets along Pakistan's northwest border.

"As I understand it, these are flown out of a Pakistani base," she said of the planes...

Such an arrangement would be at odds with protests lodged by officials in Islamabad and could inflame anti-American sentiment in the country.

If history is any indication, there are all kinds of secret arrangements we have with other governments that would make their own people angry. That is why the arrangements are secret, Senator.

And never mind that a newspaper may report them. Newspapers report all kinds of things that are not true or can be denied until a Senator on the Senate Intelligence Committee states it as a fact.

Either she is trying to subvert American foreign policy or she is a moron. In either case, she needs to show why she should keep her security clearance.

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