Thursday, July 16, 2009


“Congress never could keep any matter strictly confidential; someone always babbled”- John Jay, agent of America’s diplomatic affaires, frustrated that the Congress consisted of too many members to keep America’s most vital secrets (circa 1784).

I will write my senator and congressmen and urge them to introduce a bill to post John Jay's statement in every representative's office. Yeah, if that move would prevent leaks...perhaps Dick Cheney, Karl Rove, Scooter Libbey and Bob Novak should receive complimentary plaques...from the CIA. Just kidding...I think! Actually, a little humor is needed to get through all of this. The IC, especially the CIA, has always been cannon fodder for certain members of congress...for over two centuries! Thus, the James Bond and Ursula misquotes.

Talk about babbling, The video below proves Karl Rove lied when he denied he outed CIA covert operative Valerie Plame:
Because of documented videos like the above, Declassified Secrets does, indeed, applaud both the statements that John Jay made over two centuries ago and President Obama's recent one- that he would veto the Intelligence Authorization Bill if it included a provision that allows information about the Intelligence Community's covert actions to be given to the entire House and Senate Intelligence Committees rather than to the "Gang of Eight"- the Democratic and Republican leaders of both houses of Congress and the two Intelligence Committees.

And this is from a so-called "liberal" president? Move over Senator Church; I don't think your Committee will be reinstated any time soon. I get the feeling President Obama is fully aware that a genuine terrorist threat exists inside and outside the United States and that the Intelligence Community's agents and case officers hit the streets at home and abroad, daily, to keep Americans out of harm's way. Let's all give these brave souls many KUDOS!

Remember when former Bush Press Secretary Scott McClellan said during his press conferences that both Karl Rove and Scooter Libbey swore to him that they didn't know Valerie Plame or that she was a CIA case officer? Later, of course, McClellan discovered they both lied to him. Thes video with Matt Cooper proves that Rove did know about Valerie Plame and her CIA case officer status:
Let's hear excerpts from CIA Case Officer Valerie Plame about the leak:
I culled little OSINT out of Valerie Plame's book, "Fair Game" (photo below), although she did autograph it for me. Below are some "meaty" pages about Karl Rove and his part in leaking Plame's undercover status. Still, despite lines of redacted statements, it was an interesting book and I would highly recommend it. I gleamed much about the daily duties of CIA undercover case officers. Last year, I interviewed a CIA case officer who was a classmate of Plame's at "The Farm." He told me she was a remarkable woman and was the youngest person in his class, eventually becoming a NOC!


Wednesday, July 1, 2009


Just in from the Department of Homeland Security- National Terror Alert.

"The North Korean ship tracked by the US Navy and suspected of transporting weapons or military know-how in violation of UN sanctions has turned around, a Pentagon official said
(See "U.S. AND NORTH KOREA HEADED FOR SHOWDOWN" POST BELOW). The official declined to provide details, including where the Kang Nam 1 ship — reportedly originally bound for Myanmar — could now be headed, but news reports out of South Korea suggested the ship may be returning home two weeks after it set sail June 17.

A diplomatic source speaking on condition of anonymity told the Korea Herald that the ship was 'near our waters,' which could suggest that sanctions were having an effect on reclusive North Korea.

'If the ship is on its way back, it would mean that Resolution 1874 is taking effect and causing the North to retreat,' Kim Tae-woo, vice president of the Korea Institute for Defense Analyses, told the newspaper.

The Kang Nam 1 quickly drew the attention of the US military under new UN sanctions designed to punish Pyongyang over its May 25 underground nuclear test.

The US ambassador to the United Nations, Susan Rice, confirmed Sunday that the United States was tracking the cargo ship.

U.S. Navy tracking Kang Nam 1

'Obviously we’re pursuing and following the progress of that ship very closely,' she told the CBS network."

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The Kang Nam 1 has a questionable history, according to intelligence experts: The ship had cleared the Taiwan Strait and was hugging the Chinese mainland. Intelligence experts were pondering if the Kang Nam may need to stop in some port to refuel. In the past, the Kang Nam stopped in Hong Kong's port.

A U.S. defense official said he tended to doubt reports that the Kang Nam was carrying nuclear-related equipment, saying information seems to indicate the cargo is banned conventional munitions. Both officials spoke on condition of anonymity in order to talk about intelligence.

North Korea has carried banned goods to Myanmar before on the Kang Nam, said Bertil Lintner, a Bangkok-based North Korea expert who has written a book about leader Kim Jong Il.

North Korea has been helping the junta in Yangon build up its weapons arsenal, a South Korean intelligence expert said. He spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the issue.

The two regimes, among Asia's most repressive, restored diplomatic ties in 2007. Not long after that, in April 2007, the Kang Nam docked at Thilawa port saying it needed shelter from bad weather. But one expert said reports show the weather was clear then, and two local journalists working for a foreign news agency who went to write about the unusual docking were arrested.

The North Korean cargo ship Kang Nam 1 anchored in Hong Kong waters in Oct. 24, 2006. "The Kang Nam unloaded a lot of heavy equipment in 2007," Lintner said. "Obviously, the ship was carrying something very sensitive at that time as well."

North Korea has also helped Myanmar dig tunnels in recent years, said Lintner, adding that the cash-strapped North may have received rice, rubber and minerals in return for its military and other assistance. "North Korea appears to have exported conventional weapons to Myanmar in exchange for food," another expert said.

Pyongyang is believed to have transported digging equipment to Myanmar, which is seeking to make its new capital a fortress with vast underground facilities, he said, speaking on condition of anonymity to discuss intelligence.

Note: This info was collected from Associated Press writers Hyung-jin Kim and Jae-soon Chang in Seoul, and Pauline Jelinek in Washington, contributed to this report.

Brief on Kang Nam 1: This 3-year old, 2006 news report on the Kang Nam 1 reported suspicions of arms smuggling: