Lights, Cameras, it’s Obama’s 2012 campaign.
The Defense Department and CIA have agreed to investigate access to and possible release of classified information to Hollywood filmmakers on the killing of Usama bin Laden after a Republican lawmaker questioned the release of information into the May 1 raid in Pakistan.
Rep. Peter King, chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, asked for a review in August as to whether “Hurt Locker” director Kathryn Bigelow was given access that King suggested could leave U.S. military secrets and personnel open either to leaks or worse. Bigelow and executive Mark Boal are working on a movie about the hunt for Bin Laden.
King said in a statement Thursday he was gratified that the two agencies had agreed to look into Bigelow’s and Boal’s access.
“Following a shockingly dismissive response to my request from White House Press Secretary Jay Carney, I am pleased that the inspectors general at DoD and the CIA agree with me that potential leaks to filmmakers are something worth investigating and taking action to address,” King said.
“The leaks that followed the successful bin Laden mission led to the arrests of Pakistanis and put in danger the mission’s heroes and their families,” he said.
In her Dec. 23 letter to King, CIA Deputy Inspector General Patricia A. Lewis wrote that “the CIA’s Office of Public Affairs handles requests for information from the entertainment industry.”
“According to a senior official from that office, the protection of national security equities — including the preservation of our ability to conduct effective counterterrorism operation — is the decisive factor in determining how the CIA engages with filmmakers and the media as a whole,” she wrote.
The office also is “developing a written policy to create a single point of reference that will govern future interactions with the entertainment industry,” she added.
Citing a New York Times report, King wrote in his Aug. 9 letter that Bigelow and Boal were granted “‘top-level access to the most classified mission in history’ to produce a move about the raid, due for release in October 2012. Reportedly, a Hollywood filmmaker also attended a CIA ceremony in honor of the team that carried out the raid.”
King asked whether the White House was involved in consultations on the “advisability” of providing Hollywood executives with access to covert military operators and clandestine CIA officers; whether the Defense Department or CIA will get an advance copy of the film to review to determine if special operations tactics or techniques were revealed and how compromised undercover agents may be by the presence of filmmakers at CIA meetings about the raid.
This is how he kisses up to Hollywood. But then he always kisses the ass of belligerents; leftwing and muzzie alike.
What’s equally troubling is the cooperation of CIA officials in this bullshit. Hollywood representatives and media reporters shouldn’t be allowed anywhere near national security information. Those who are entrusted with the nation’s secrets and who knowingly violate that trust, should be sent to an underground 8×10 cell at Leavenworth or in a perfect world, taken out and shot.
The safeguarding of classified information was drilled into my head throughout my career as a Soldier and intelligence analyst, only to witness appalling treachery like Clinton’s Chinagate go unpunished with the help of Janet Reno’s obstruction of justice. PFC Bradley Manning, the disgruntled little fop who fed thousands of classified documents to Wikileaks, is actually standing trial through a Courts Martial, while Jullian Assange, the little cockholster who gleefully published those documents, has yet to be charged.
The criteria for treason and willful disclosure of classified information seems to vary from administration to administration.
It all depends on what the meaning of the word ‘is’ is.