Friday, August 03, 2007

Loose Lips Sink Twits

A federal intelligence court judge earlier this year secretly declared a key element of the Bush administration's wiretapping efforts illegal, according to a lawmaker and government sources, providing a previously unstated rationale for fevered efforts by congressional lawmakers this week to expand the president's spying powers.

House Minority Leader John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) disclosed elements of the court's decision in remarks Tuesday to Fox News as he was promoting the administration-backed wiretapping legislation. Boehner has denied revealing classified information, but two government officials privy to the details confirmed that his remarks concerned classified information.

This is another example of a high ranking GOP official not doing so well with classified information. The best/worst one of all has to be Orrin Hatch, Senator from Utah. He leaked only hours after the attacks on 9/11 that we were listening in to the satellite phone calls of Osama Bin Laden and his chief lieutenants. Not surprisingly, they switched to other forms of communication. Without Hatch's leak, it is possible that the entire leadership could have been captured or killed. Ooops.

You simply can't trust the Republicans to do anything competently.