Apr 27 2006
After Mary McCarthy’s lawyer attempted a pathetic push back in the media using Clinton-speak to deny very focused ‘phrases’, it seems McCarthy has pulled the plug on her leftward lawyer’s tactics and is now doing the smart thing – laying low. Mac Ranger sees the same thing I have been seeing, nothing new from McCarthy.
For someone innocent of the allegations and a whistleblower on serious crimes by our government, McCarthy’s silence speaks loudly. A true, innocent whistleblower would be out there day in and day out pleading her case. Mac has this to say:
Make no mistake, Porter isn’t playing around and the mandate he has is at any cost – “Bring them in, bring them down”. McCarthy is the beginning. Regardless of what you hear, charges will be brought against her. Which is why soon after her lawyer appeared trying to reverse history, she has begun to lay low.
Expect to see these criminals redouble their efforts to the extreme from here on out. Rehashing old stories – most debunked – and talking crazy like McGovern who is three fries short of a Happy Meal. It’s going to be very entertaining to see them squirming and allegating and bloviating and frothing, just like an animal in it’s death throws.
Let’s hope so. McCarthy finally realized she needs to be cooperating if she wants to get out of this in reasonable shape.
Addendum: Kenneth Timmerman explores how truly serious this investigation is:
Furious at the leaks that exposed sensitive intelligence programs â€“ including the existence of â€œsecret prisonsâ€ the Agency has used periodically to hold high priority suspected terrorists – CIA Director Porter Goss kicked off the internal investigation by personally submitting to a polygraph.
He then called on other top Agency officials to do the same. Those who went â€œon the boxâ€ included McCarthyâ€™s boss, CIA Inspector Geeral John. L. Helgerson. All the while, Porter Goss led the probe himself.
Internal probes led personally by a CIA director are virtually unheard of. As far as Iâ€™ve been able to ascertain from Agency veterans, there hasnâ€™t been a single one in the past fifteen years.
I would agree with Mac, the days of playing games and using the media to divert attention are probably over. Anyone still trying it will be in for a world of hurt. It’s not like the warning signs are not all on and blinking red. Some humor on the side: has anyone noticed how Robert Redford always plays the hero against the evil government employees (think Three Days of The Condor which Scott Johnson of Powerline discussed on the CIA covert war on Bush, All The President’s Men on Watergate of course, and now Spy Game):
But late last year, top intelligence executives began to seriously review a 2001 Robert Redford/Brad Pitt thriller, Spy Game, in which a wily covert operator (Redford) is grilled by the CIA Director and top Agency lawyers about an operation gone sour, on the very day he is scheduled to retire.
The interrogation goes on and off the record, as lawyers dig up new information, and Robert Redford conducts his own covert operation right under their noses. In the Hollywood version, the CIA director is the villain (naturally) and the rogue agent is the hero.
McGovern and Johnson make me think of Sneakers, personally. Anyway, back to Timmerman.Â One thing readers of this site point out is that Mary McCarthy is accused of leaking operations intel, not the analyst’s ‘opinions’ of what this means.Â Operational leaks are serious and dangerous.Â And Timmerman notes this is what he is hearing from his sources:
Former clandestine officers say that the leaks surrounding the extraordinary renditions have caused â€œtremendous damageâ€ to the Agency and have â€œphysically endangeredâ€ officers currently serving overseas.
This is why these leaks are much more serious than the media knowing who Joe Wilson’s wife was and where she worked.Â The NSA leaks tipped off terrorists on how to evade detection.Â Evidentally other leaks have endangered very brave people out doing dangerous work in the world so we can live in relative peace and safety.Â This elevates the crime from one of leaking to one of reckless endangerment.Â A coup d’etat does seem to be the best example of what is happening here:
For the ideological divide currently paralyzing our intelligence community runs deep and is not limited to CIA or State Department analysts. It involves top officials, who believe they have a moral â€œdutyâ€ to prevent the President of the United States from executing policies with which they disagree.
This must end. And any Democrat dumb enough to support undermining the duly elected leadership of this country deserves the political backlash they will receive.