Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Secrets Secrets Secrets

One of the premises of the 9/11 conspiracy movement has been that it would be a relatively easy thing for the government or the powers-that-be to silence any whistleblowers who may have information regarding a covert conspiracy to murder thousands of Americans even years after the fact, through bribery, threats or coercion. This theory ignores the fact that they currently can't keep anything secret, not even a non-violent covert operation, against another country, which hasn't even started yet.

Last night, the lead story on ABC's "World News" was an exclusive report on how the "CIA has received secret presidential approval to mount a covert 'black' operation to destabilize the Iranian government." You can read about it here, and watch it here. Then again, maybe you shouldn’t. According to many of the commenters at ABC News' "The Blotter" – around 1,500 at last count – running the report was "traitorous" because it revealed a secret U.S. government action.

Bloggers are all over the story as well: As Lynn Davidson at Newsbusters sarcastically put it, "[w]hy should a country go to the effort of spying on Americans when all they have to do is follow the US media?" She compares this story to one in the New York Times exposing the SWIFT banking transaction database and another in USA Today about an NSA phone call database, both of which came under criticism from those who felt that the programs should not have been made public.

Of course it will only be a matter of time before we hear how this leak is in itself a disinfo operation intended to discredit the 9/11 truth movement, or some similarly silly speculation.