By: Cliff Kincaid
Accuracy in Media
There has been a series of leaks of classified information from the White House in an effort to portray President Obama as a tough American foreign policy leader, but no official has resigned from the administration or the Obama campaign in disgrace or protest. This suggests the betrayal of state secrets is being condoned or ignored at the highest levels. Not surprisingly, Eric Holder’s Department of Justice is resisting the appointment of a special or outside counsel to probe the scandal.
If it is so easy to turn over national security information to the media, it may be just as easy to turn the state secrets directly over to the enemy. Either way, our adversaries benefit.
Starting with Obama and then moving through Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and on to campaign adviser David Axelrod, we have individuals who could not pass a basic FBI background check.
Obama says, “The notion that my White House would purposely release classified national security information is offensive. It’s wrong.” This is from the candidate who concealed the identity of his communist mentor, Frank Marshall Davis, in his book, Dreams from My Father. Such a cover-up should have disqualified Obama from the office of the presidency.
The connection to Davis has never been investigated by the major media, let alone Congress. For their part, Republicans are afraid of being called racist McCarthyites if they challenge Obama’s allegiance to the United States and raise questions about his communist connections and Islamic upbringing.
In a roundabout way to get at the truth, Republicans are pleading for the appointment of a special counsel to investigate the damage that has been done by the leaks. Holder thumbs his nose at them. Even if they get their special counsel, the damage is done and the results won’t be available until probably next year, after the elections.
Congress is part of the problem and got us into this mess to begin with.
Congress gave Panetta a pass when he became CIA director and then Secretary of Defense, despite his long record of associations with identified communist Hugh DeLacy, who had connections to the Chinese government. Not surprisingly, the Soros-funded Media Matters came to Panetta’s defense, accusing conservatives of a “smear” for raising the inconvenient facts about his record, including opposition to President Reagan’s anti-communist defense policies. Media Matters has White House connections and specializes in intimidating the media when they dare to question the White House line.
Fortunately, the facts, including some of a personal nature, were included in a column by the courageous Diana West, who commented that the evidence showed that Panetta had “a cordial, long-term relationship in the 1970s and 1980s” with Hugh DeLacy, a Communist Party USA member elected to one term in Congress while pretending to be a Democrat in 1944. Incriminating “Dear Hugh” and “Dear Leon” documents were obtained by researcher Trevor Loudon at the University of Washington.
West went on, “DeLacy later co-founded the communist-penetrated Progressive Party that nominated Henry Wallace for president in 1948. By the 1970s, DeLacy was still politically active, with connections to known Soviet agents including Victor Perlo of the infamous Perlo spy group, and Frank Coe and Solomon Adler of the equally infamous Silvermaster spy group. DeLacy is also associated with suspected Soviet agent John Stewart Service of the ‘Amerasia’ spy case.”
She noted that “DeLacy was of sufficient interest to Communist China to have scored a paid junket to the People’s Republic in 1974,” and there “met up with Service, Coe and Adler, who was then thought to be working for Chinese intelligence.”
“Our legislative branch is falling asleep on the job over stories that should be giving them—and us—night sweats,” West said, in a column titled, “Give Panetta the Pinko Slip.” But Republican senators—some of the same people now expressing outrage over leaks—put on their blinders. They didn’t want the public to notice them dozing off.
Another suspicious Obama associate, David Axelrod, is a former Chicago Tribune reporter who became Obama’s chief strategist and appears regularly on television as the face of the campaign. He once worked closely with David Simon Canter, a communist operative investigated by Congress as an agent of the Soviet Union. Axelrod was “within the extreme orbit of the old Chicago CPUSA [Communist Party] apparatus,” writes Professor Paul Kengor, author of a forthcoming book on Frank Marshall Davis and his Chicago and Hawaii networks.
Axelrod, who reportedly attended some counterterrorism meetings in the White House Situation Room, insists that the White House didn’t leak the national security information to the Times. With a straight face, he told ABC News that “the authors of all of this work”—The New York Times reporters—have made that assurance.
We see the damage being done, as Obama tries to look like an international tough guy in order to be re-elected. In addition to the leaks to The New York Times about U.S. policy toward Iran and al-Qaeda, producers of a film about the killing of Osama bin Laden, to be released before the November 6 presidential election, were given classified briefings at the Pentagon. Panetta denies anything improper was done, but Rep. Peter King (R-NY) has released emails from the CIA and Pentagon showing “unprecedented and potentially dangerous collaboration” between top Administration officials and the filmmakers. Judicial Watch obtained the documents.
King, however, runs the House Homeland Security Committee, with jurisdiction over the Islamic threat. What Congress needs, in order to get to the bottom of the scandal, are internal security committees or subcommittees in both houses. They were all abolished by congressional liberals in the 1970s.
It seems as though Republicans can’t come to grips with the nature of the problem that faces them and the country. A conservative attorney who has been probing into the backgrounds of Obama and his associates tells the story of attending a speech by Republican Rudolph Giuliani in 2011 and asking the former New York City mayor if he had ever considered the possibility that Obama was a mole. “What? A mole? God, I hope not,” was the response.
It is a serious charge to make, let alone mention in a printed piece such as this. Yet, the new book by retired U.S. intelligence analyst Christina Shelton, Alger Hiss: Why He Chose Treason, is a reminder of how and why questionable individuals get into positions of extraordinary power. Hiss was a founder of the United Nations because of his position as a high State Department official. He might have become Secretary of State, were it not for the revelations of communist defector Whittaker Chambers. A video on the website of Shelton’s book includes interesting information from the author about Hiss’s communist motivations.
It is significant that Anthony Lake, an adviser to and fundraiser for then-presidential candidate Obama in 2008, had previously withdrawn his nomination as Bill Clinton’s CIA director when outrage developed over his public doubts about Hiss’s guilt. That didn’t bother Obama, who took Lake’s advice and fundraising help and then gave him a job at the United Nations. A video shows Lake taking his oath of office as an “international civil servant of the United Nations.” The U.N. is notorious as a nest of spies.
Panetta’s background as a former member of Congress helped to make his confirmation process easy and fast. It worked. Now, Republican senators are reluctant to admit they made a mistake, as Panetta skillfully fends off charges that the Pentagon and the CIA released the secret information about the bin Laden raid to the pro-Obama filmmakers.
Conducting “bipartisan” investigations with the Democrats will not get the job done. Obama, whose foreign policy approval ratings are already better than Romney’s, is sitting pretty and laughing behind-the-scenes at the GOP. Our national security crumbles before our eyes, making the nation more vulnerable to what in the corporate world would be termed a “hostile takeover.” The catch is that it is a takeover from within.
Cliff Kincaid is the Director of the AIM Center for Investigative Journalism and can be contacted at [email protected].