The New York Times doing what it does best; giving the muslim enemy terrorists all the information they need.
By MARK MAZZETTI
Published: May 24, 2010
WASHINGTON — The top American commander in the Middle East has ordered a broad expansion of clandestine military activity in an effort to disrupt militant groups or counter threats in Iran, Saudi Arabia, Somalia and other countries in the region, according to defense officials and military documents.
The secret directive, signed in September by Gen. David H. Petraeus, authorizes the sending of American Special Operations troops to both friendly and hostile nations in the Middle East, Central Asia and the Horn of Africa to gather intelligence and build ties with local forces. Officials said the order also permits reconnaissance that could pave the way for possible military strikes in Iran if tensions over its nuclear ambitions escalate.
……The precise operations that the directive authorizes are unclear, and what the military has done to follow through on the order is uncertain. The document, a copy of which was viewed by The New York Times, provides few details about continuing missions or intelligence-gathering operations.
Several government officials who described the impetus for the order would speak only on condition of anonymity because the document is classified. Spokesmen for the White House and the Pentagon declined to comment for this article. The Times, responding to concerns about troop safety raised by an official at United States Central Command, the military headquarters run by General Petraeus, withheld some details about how troops could be deployed in certain countries.
The seven-page directive appears to authorize specific operations in Iran, most likely to gather intelligence about the country’s nuclear program or identify dissident groups that might be useful for a future military offensive.
A secret directive, huh? Not anymore, thanks to the assclowns at the New York Times.
Hey Mazzetti, why not email the fucking GPS coordinates, the SpecOps units, and their names, ranks, and SSNs? Rags like the NYT are not averse to aiding and abetting the compromise of intelligence and the lives of troops. They have papers to sell. Sulzberger and company never pass up the chance to give our enemies a heads up. Luckily the document wasn’t too specific, or else we’d be reading all about the OPORD, as well.
Any time a news outlet “obtains” secret documents, it’s usually fed to them by some asshole with an axe to grind. The intelligence community needs to do a better job at tracking down leakers, prosecuting them, and putting them in front of a firing squad.
That wouldn’t be a bad idea for the publishers, either.