Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Obama Gets Tough on Leakers of His Team's Secrets. Surprise!

Obama has been coming down very hard on federal workers who leak government secrets to the press.  But remember when liberals said leaking was one of the highest forms of patriotism?  Apparently only if it might embarrass Republicans.

From the liberal website Politico (link):
The Obama administration, which famously pledged to be the most transparent in American history, is pursuing an unexpectedly aggressive legal offensive against federal workers who leak secret information to expose wrongdoing, highlight national security threats or pursue a personal agenda....  That’s a sharp break from recent history, when the U.S. government brought such cases on three occasions in roughly 40 years....  But legal experts and good-government advocates say the hard-line approach to leaks has a chilling effect on whistleblowers, who fear harsh legal reprisals if they dare to speak up. 
GW Bush was derelict in his failure to stifle leakers of national security secrets, intimidated, I think, by the liberal media elites.  Now here's one Bush policy Obama has actually changed.  Whistleblowing on Democrats can't be tolerated.

John M Greco