The media in this country disgust me.
Media outlets like CNN, NYTimes, LATimes, MSNBC, and their minions are nothing but propaganda machines - appendages, if you will, of the Federal Government. They get their marching orders from Team Obama and the other Fabians that populate academia, government and journalism.
What, you're asking, has sparked poor Rue's outrage? It is this NYTimes article. It's entitled Former Spy With Agenda Operates a Private C.I.A.
The article exposes former CIA operative Duane R. Clarridge, and dug fairly deep into Mr. Clarridge's operation - naming names, locations and secure websites that the former SpyMaster uses to connect with his security teams in the field.
The article cites the fact that Mr. Clarridge's Pentagon funding was pulled in May of 2010 and now relies on "like minded private donors" to pay his agents, who are in the field gathering INTELL on militant fighters, Taliban leaders and the keyplayers in the seedy underworld of Afghanistan.
Mr. Clarridge is described as being contempuous of the current CIA, and that his operation was tapped by a "military desperate for information" apparently because the CIA isn't providing them with quality intelligence.
The article also claims conservative commentators Olly North, Brad Thor and Glenn Beck are end-users of Mr. Clarridge's intelligence dispatches.
Many of you are familiar with Brad Thor's work. He's a tremendous talent. He was interviewed by Hugh Hewitt a few years ago and discussed his fictional portrayal of a crack spy unit (named APEX in Thor's novels) that was used to obtain information by any means necessary. Thor was asked by Hewitt if the US government maintained any such organization like APEX. Thor replied,"Of course. I know for a fact that we have such teams. Why do you think the government pays $125 for a toilet seat? or $500 for a hammer? They're using those as a cover to hide payments to these outsourced teams." (Mr. Clarridge's group is called Eclipse.)
And I happen to believe that we need these types of field units - doing whatever is necessary to protect our interests. If they have to kill, torture, waterboard, starve, or eavesdrop - then they should be able to go do it. No other country is handicapping its intelligence services. Do you think the Russians or the Chinese have such restrictions on their security operatives? The answer for the obtuse is NO.
How did we get here?
The 1960's radicals began to leach into our government right after 1968. They put a lot of pressure on the Feds to reign in our overseas operations and immediately began to demonize the CIA and FBI as 'rogue' outfits. In fact they succeeded beyond their wildest expectations. In 1975 the Church Committee outlawed assassinations of foreign officials. In fact, the NYTimes was the first to publish indictments of the CIA back in 1974 - uncovering the "family jewels" operations that were counter-insurgency operations overseas.
And they haven't stopped attacking the CIA ever since.
If you're a CIA employee and you're getting targeted by your own Justice Dept for "human rights violations" then why would you go out of your way to gather intelligence? Why interview anyone?
Remember the 2003 case where, again the NYTimes had their hand in demonizing our intelligence officials, Italy convicted 23 CIA operatives and their Base Chief for scooping up a Muslim Cleric and sent him to a rendition center? The judge handed an eight-year sentence to Robert Seldon Lady, a former C.I.A. base chief in Milan, and five-year sentences to the 22 other Americans, including an Air Force colonel and 21 C.I.A. operatives.
Gee, I wonder why they decided to pick this "cleric" up and interview him? Maybe because he was contacting people in Yemen and Afghanistan that were known militants? Well, here's why the 'innocent' Abu Omar was picked up by a joint CIA/Italian counter-terrorist team. He has long ties to Egyptian radical jihadi groups.
But does that matter to the NYTimes? Of course not. In fact they continue to treat Abu Omar as a victim of American Imperialism.
For those of us who love this country, want to defend her, want to support a civil society, and understand history - in other words, we conservatives -aren't ashamed to be patriotic nationalists. Articles like these make our blood boil. And it's painfully ironic that the NYTimes claims Mr. Clarridge has "an agenda" as if the NYTimes didn't.
Here's Mr. Clarridge being interviewed by the prototypical crypt-keeper LibTard reporter John Pilger:
The CIA is an honorable organization that has lost 90 agents in operations. The most publisized was Officer Mike Spann back in 2001.
Bottom line: the media in this country is a disgrace. They're very thorough in investigating any little thing that puts America and American interests in a negative light. But when it comes to Liberal politicians, or their socialist agendas, they circle the wagons and protect them. Look at the murders in Arizona a couple weeks ago. Immediately the Left and their apologists wanted to use the actions of a nut-case shooter to shut down the First and Second Amendments. An worse of all they went right after poor Sarah Palin, Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity - in effect saying that they were guilty of 'inciting' this crazed goof.
They are shameless and will do or say anything to garner more power for themselves and their ilk.
God help us.