Why Is It........................

sherwoodsherwood Senior MemberPosts: 1,215 Senior Member
That a politician can spout off classified info to the press but a SEAL can't mention something that MIGHT be classified? Just saying.
I may be old but I ain't dead!
DPRMD

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  • mkk41mkk41 Banned Posts: 1,932 Senior Member
    When ya go into the military and volunteer for certain 'additional duties' like Special Operations , apply for and get a security clearance , you promise , swear and sign an agreement not to divulge such things.

    Divulging such info can endanger you , your family and friends , and the family and friends of fellow operators who may still be actively engaged in current anti-terror activities.


    Never know if and when Abdul Muhammed might load his taxicab with explosives and drive into his next booksigning.
    "There are no victims , only volunteers!"
  • sherwoodsherwood Senior Member Posts: 1,215 Senior Member
    I signed those papers before I started working for DOD 40 years ago. I'm still requird to follow them now after 4 years of retirement. Why can't a politician sign the same thing? Are they above the law?
    I may be old but I ain't dead!
    DPRMD
  • mkk41mkk41 Banned Posts: 1,932 Senior Member
    sherwood wrote: »
    Why can't a politician sign the same thing? Are they above the law?

    Yes , they apparently, and unfortunately are.

    Defense contractors have security briefings reminding them not to discuss what they do , but some politician can pop in with a full press crew and print whatever they want to make it look like they are responsible for you having a job.

    I can find info about stuff we build at work on the 'net that I can get fired and prosecuted for asking about at work.
    "There are no victims , only volunteers!"
  • Dr. dbDr. db Senior Member Posts: 1,541 Senior Member
    Idiots are always held to a lower standard.
  • woodsrunnerwoodsrunner Senior Member Posts: 2,725 Senior Member
    If you hold-or held-a Top Secret Sensitive Compartmented Intelligence Clearance you are held to extremely high requirements in what you write or say verbally. You are even totally restricted in travel to certain countries of the world and cannot even fly commercially over these countries, and there are other areas that require prior approval before you can visit.

    Remember the old TV program "Hawaii 5-O? A former civilian intel type was instrumental in helping scrip-write the program.....up to a point! The first program that aired back, when? the 1960's or 70's? resulted in the deaths and capture of over 30 intel/counterintel agents operating worldwide including a couple of US citizens within the first 72 hours of being aired! A slip of the lip can certainly sink the ship :yikes: Some politicians, unfortunately, have a very bad record of talking about classified subjects even though in intel briefings-a daily thing in government agencies-the degree of classification is stressed. Fortunately, however, most-the vast majority-of political leaders are very "shut-mouthed about things highly classified!
  • sherwoodsherwood Senior Member Posts: 1,215 Senior Member
    woodsrunner. You are correct about the first part. But times have changed now and the rules are not so stringent as before.
    I may be old but I ain't dead!
    DPRMD
  • tennmiketennmike Senior Member Posts: 26,106 Senior Member
    Because politicians have diarrhea of the mouth and constipation of the brain?
    If the U.S. Congress was put in charge of the Sahara Desert, there would be a shortage of sand in under six months.



  • sherwoodsherwood Senior Member Posts: 1,215 Senior Member
    But why are they above the law?
    I may be old but I ain't dead!
    DPRMD
  • bruchibruchi Senior Member Posts: 2,582 Senior Member
    Politicians are the "ruling class" everything and anything goes for them!
    If this post is non welcomed, I can always give you a recipe for making "tostones".
  • NNNN Senior Member Posts: 23,968 Senior Member
    tennmike wrote: »
    Because politicians have diarrhea of the mouth and constipation of the brain?
    This is it. They could be prosecuted as well; but, then most of them would have to prosecute each other.
    A Veteran is someone that served in the Military, it does not matter where they served.
  • bullsi1911bullsi1911 Moderator Posts: 9,731 Senior Member
    Selective Enforcement of the law is the first sign of tyranny
    To make something simple is a thousand times more difficult than to make something complex.
    -Mikhail Kalashnikov
  • mkk41mkk41 Banned Posts: 1,932 Senior Member
    sherwood wrote: »
    But why are they above the law?

    It is actually all part of being in congress. They're teflon. It is part of the job that they cannot be prosecuted for certain things. Their cronies have to vote to prosecute them. Info leaks? They'll just blame it on a subordinate. Kinda like the vote to impeach the POTUS.

    Who else can vote to give themselves a pay raise?
    "There are no victims , only volunteers!"
  • BufordBuford Senior Member Posts: 6,661 Senior Member
    sherwood wrote: »
    That a politician can spout off classified info to the press but a SEAL can't mention something that MIGHT be classified? Just saying.

    Some things you just don't do. As to the politicians, they should also be held accountable.
    Just look at the flowers Lizzie, just look at the flowers.
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