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"Politics should never come before national security." "Tactics, techniques, and the location were revealed... we even knew the name of the dog on the raid." "I have been on the Intelligence Committee for 11 years and I can tell you, I have never seen it worse than this."
A group of former Navy SEALs, members of Delta Force, the Marines, Army Special Forces and the intelligence community have joined together and are standing up, demanding that America's political leaders immediately stop leaking sensitive military information.
This morning at 10am, the group known as the Special Operations OPSEC Education Fund (OPSEC) released a twenty-two minute film titled "Dishonorable Disclosures: How Leaks And Politics Threaten National Security." Here is the promo reel for that movie.
In the documentary-style video, ten former members of the military and intelligence community (including one General) speak candidly and clearly on the importance of Operational Security or OPSEC. The film shows the men detailing their outrage over multiple leaks of sensitive and valuable information from this administration.
Their mission is one of education. OPSEC is a 501(c)(4) - a social welfare organization. They strive to teach the elected officials in Washington and the American people about the vital need to keep secret so much of the work being done by our military.
"Politics should never come before national security."
According to the group, the biggest problems started on May 2nd of 2011 after the killing of Osama bin Laden. OPSEC maintains that the rush to announce the success of the raid on Bin Laden's compound compromised the men involved, their families, and also diminished the value of the materials gathered during the mission.
"Tactics, techniques, and the location were revealed... we even knew the name of the dog on the raid."
OPSEC also claims that just days after the raid, Hollywood was invited to the White House for a briefing on the mission. The former military men believe that officials told too much to the filmmakers, compromising ongoing and future missions by detailing just how our system works.
From the grandstanding on the death of bin Laden, to the leaked information that the U.S. and Israel worked together on the STUXNET virus that temporarily shut down Iran's nuclear operations, OPSEC believes we have a serious problem that must be addressed now.
Starting in June, and following a spate of intelligence leaks out of Washington DC, considerable media attention was focused on this administration's use of strategic and sensitive military intelligence for political gain.
On June 6th, Sen. Dianne Feinstein said:
"I have been on the Intelligence Committee for 11 years and I can tell you, I have never seen it worse than this."
Senator John McCain accused the "highest levels of the White House" of leaking sensitive information that jeopardized years or intelligence work.
Of course the White House has denied any involvement in the leaks. The President himself made a strong denial on June 8th, saying that it was "offensive" and "wrong" to say that the White House was involved in the leaks.
Since the President's public denial:
- Two special prosecutors were appointed by Attorney General Eric Holder.
- Mike Baker, a former CIA operative appeared on the Don Imus radio show to express his concerns and frustrations over the leaks.
And Senator Feinstein again made a statement that initially seemed a belief that the leaks came from someone at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. Speaking at a forum in late July, Feinstein said that she “think[s] the White House has to understand that some of this is coming from their ranks.”
Although the Senator did state that she did not believe the leaks came from the President, she thought the White House was involved before she decided that they were not involved.
One member of OPSEC, Navy SEAL Benjamin Smith spoke with TheBlaze and stressed that this group is not "swift boating" anyone. Their mission is to educate the American people while reminding our elected officials of the crucial importance of protecting the vital military intelligence information we have gathered as well as the individuals (and their families) who have dedicated their lives to protecting and defending the United States of America. In fact, their official Mission Statement from the group's website reads:
STOP the politicians, President Obama and others, from politically capitalizing on US national security operations and secrets!
EDUCATE the public on the importance and necessity of Operational Security in today's environment.
To Do Nothing is not an option as that allows the special operations and intelligence capabilities to be degraded, and paraded around like a show dog…ACTION IS REQUIRED NOW!
"Dishonorable Disclosures" will be shown at events in key states across the country over the next several months, including Virginia, Florida, Ohio, Colorado, North Carolina and Nevada. We offer the full 22 minute film for your review.
Reuters is reporting that OPSEC has one million dollars at their disposal and is using their website to raise additional funds. OPSEC spokesman Chad Kolton told TheBlaze their funding was raised by anonymous donations to the 501-(c)(4) and they choose not to identify them.
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