OPSEC: Obama Admin leaks Libya military planning on killers

Obama administration leak about Libya military palnning undernies defense capabilities, puts killers of US diplomats and SEALs out of reach

Obama Administration Chooses To Support Re-Election At Expense of Justice for 9/11/12 Victims

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Scott Taylor, president of the OPSEC, issued the following statement in response to leaks by the Obama Administration yesterday that it was preparing for military operations in North Africa in response to the September 11, 2012, attacks in Benghazi that killed the U.S. Ambassador, another diplomat and two former SEALs:

“There is clearly nothing this Administration won’t do or say to support President Obama’s re-election, including using premature statements about clandestine military operations planning to deflect attention from the Administration’s failure to protect our diplomats and security teams and now-obvious campaign of misinformation in the aftermath of the attack. The question of who ordered Ambassador Rice to speak out on numerous mainstream media networks in a clearly untruthful way remains to be answered.

“Several current Administration officials have provided information to the media about on-going military planning that is obviously trying to show the Administration is ‘getting tough’ with North African militants who carefully planned and executed attacks on September 11, 2012. Unfortunately the Administration’s military ramp-up comes too late the save the lives of those who had requested such support prior to the attacks.

“These leaks may help the president’s re-election campaign but they will actually make it harder to find and bring justice to those responsible for the attacks, who now know they have a target on their backs if they didn’t realize it before. Advertising the planning for the missions also unnecessarily increases the risks to the Special Operations personnel who may need to undertake any missions.

“Time and again the Obama Administration has shown it is willing to put its own political needs before the safety and security of the Americans who serve our country in dangerous places and this latest example is no different. Aren’t some things more important than politics?”

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OPSEC, a group of former Intelligence officers and Special Operations members, previously released the film “Dishonorable Disclosures,” a documentary short film that views the impact of the increasing number of leaks on Intelligence and Special Operations missions, tradecraft, tactics and capabilities from the perspective of those who have relied on these tools to carryout similar missions and protect themselves and those they served alongside.  The film is being shown in ads and at events and in advertising in key states across the country over the next several months, including Virginia, Florida, Ohio, Colorado, North Carolina and Nevada.  More information about OPSEC and news about the release of “Dishonorable Disclosures” can be found at www.OpSecTeam.org.

OPSEC – Press release – Scott Taylor statement

Editor’s Note – Chad Kolton, representing OpSecteam.org, has released the following statement from Scott Taylor, President of OPSEC:

OPSEC: Threatened prosecution of a war hero but reluctant investigation of Senior Administration officials on leaks is a dishonorable double standard

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Scott Taylor, president of OPSEC, issued the following statement in response to media reports that the Department of Defense had threatened to prosecute a former SEAL Team 6 member and author of No Easy Day:

“The author is an American hero but the rules about disclosing sensitive information have to be applied to everyone. OPSEC was among the first to call for action to prevent the book’s publication until it could be properly cleared.

“However, the Obama Administration is applying a dishonorable double standard with a lightning quick threat to prosecute a five-time winner of the Bronze Star while dragging its feet in identifying and charging senior administration officials who have purposefully leaked classified information.

“A culture of leaks has developed over the past few years because it has become very clear that President Obama and his senior team not only will tolerate leaks and politicization of Intelligence and Special Operations missions, they will actively engage in them if it serves a political purpose.

“From showing satellite photos to media, to disclosing the existence of a double-agent in AQAP, to publicizing classified or sensitive details of the OBL raid, senior Obama Administration officials have repeatedly violated their commitments on classified or sensitive data with impunity.

“If President Obama is going to pursue an immediate and vigorous prosecution of American war heroes he should hold his senior aides to the exact same standard.”

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Here is the letter sent by the General Counsel: Letter to Mark Owens

OPSEC Video: “Dishonorable Disclosures”

New Campaign launched by former CIA, Special Operations Members to combat leaks and politicization of National Security Info

Kicks Off Nationwide With Release Of Documentary Short Film Titled “Dishonorable Disclosures”

OPSEC Website: http://www.opsecteam.org/

Former CIA and Special Operations members are announcing the creation of OPSEC, a new nationwide public campaign to combat the spike in leaks and politicization of Intelligence and Special Operations missions that threaten their effectiveness and the safety of Americans who conduct them.  OPSEC – short for Operational Security, meaning to eliminate or reduce the exploitation of critical information — will begin with the release of “Dishonorable Disclosures,” a new documentary short film highlighting the problem from the perspective of those who have served in these critical positions. The film will also serve as the basis for a TV and online advertising effort.

“Intelligence and Special Operations members are angry and frustrated at how our work has been used for political advantage by officials across government, including President Obama himself who bears special responsibility as Commander in Chief,” said Scott Taylor, chairman of OPSEC and a former Navy SEAL.  “We want the American people to understand the cost of these leaks and politicization both on those who serve and on our national security and to hold those in positions of leadership accountable if it doesn’t stop.”

OPSEC is made up of individuals who served their country in the CIA, and Special Operations Forces (SOF) consisting of Navy SEALs, Army Special Forces, Marine Corps and Air Force Special Operations.  It is organized as a 501(c)(4) nonpartisan public education campaign and is independent of any political party or campaign organization.

The campaign will begin with the release of “Dishonorable Disclosures,” a documentary short film that views the impact of the increasing number of leaks on Intelligence and Special Operations missions, tradecraft, tactics and capabilities from the perspective of those who have relied on these tools to carryout similar missions and protect themselves and those they served alongside.  The film 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.  “Dishonorable Disclosures” can be seen here.

“Countless leaks, interviews and decisions by the Obama Administration and other government officials have undermined the success of our Intelligence and Special Operations forces and put future missions and personnel at risk,” said Fred Rustmann, an OPSEC member and 24-year veteran of the Central Intelligence Agency.  “OPSEC will carry a strong message across the country that it’s time for President Obama and other administration officials to stop jeopardizing national security operations for political gain.”

More information about OPSEC and news about the release of “Dishonorable Disclosures” can be found at http://www.opsecteam.org/.

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