by Craig Masters
Two months before the November presidential election proved the vulnerability of electronic vote recording; the Inspector General investigating the disclosure to Obama movie-maker friends of classified details of the operation that resulted in the killing of Osama bin Laden made a major criminal referral. In that criminal referral to the Holder Department of Justice, Undersecretary of Defense for Intelligence Michael Vickers was implicated in the improper release of classified information.
Vickers was specifically alleged to have illegally provided the name of at least one operative to the filmmakers. Neither at the time in September, nor at any time since, Attorney General Holder has taken no reported action on that criminal referral. In fact, the DOJ has refused to comply with multiple court orders to release information requested under the Freedom of Information Act in litigation pursued by Judicial Watch.
Pentagon Investigators concluded that Vickers, a leading candidate at the time for Director of the CIA for Obama’s second term, leaked classified information to the filmmakers for the recently released film “Zero Dark Thirty” glorifying the President’s role in killing bin Laden.
The Pentagon investigators concluded Vickers released the name of a U.S. Special Operations Command officer who helped plan the raid on bin Laden’s compound.
Selective law enforcement has been the hallmark of the Holder Justice Department. This case illustrates the degree to which this administration has been allowed to simply pick and choose which laws it will ignore at will when it benefits the administration and enforce enthusiastically when it hurts critics. Obama’s Justice Department has prosecuted a record number of U.S. officials for leaking secret information to the news media that contends the information should never have been classified or did no harm to national security. At the same time, the DOJ has fought the release of documents the courts have agreed should be made public.
Judicial Watch has reported that extracting public information from this administration has been a most difficult ongoing effort. The first term of the Obama administration has proven it to be the most secretive administration in history. The prevailing attitude is that the public has no right to know anything the administration considers “its” business.
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