President “Look at Me!” blows our national secrets — again

Posted by: Phineas on June 1, 2012 at 2:01 pm

**Posted by Phineas

This time about Stuxnet, the super-virus that’s been wreaking havoc with the Iranians’ “peaceful” nuclear program. The New York Times Obama Marketing Department has the story:

Obama Order Sped Up Wave of Cyberattacks Against Iran

From his first months in office, President Obama secretly ordered increasingly sophisticated attacks on the computer systems that run Iran’s main nuclear enrichment facilities, significantly expanding America’s first sustained use of cyberweapons, according to participants in the program.

Mr. Obama decided to accelerate the attacks — begun in the Bush administration and code-named Olympic Games — even after an element of the program accidentally became public in the summer of 2010 because of a programming error that allowed it to escape Iran’s Natanz plant and sent it around the world on the Internet. Computer security experts who began studying the worm, which had been developed by the United States and Israel, gave it a name: Stuxnet.

At a tense meeting in the White House Situation Room within days of the worm’s “escape,” Mr. Obama, Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. and the director of the Central Intelligence Agency at the time, Leon E. Panetta, considered whether America’s most ambitious attempt to slow the progress of Iran’s nuclear efforts had been fatally compromised.

“Should we shut this thing down?” Mr. Obama asked, according to members of the president’s national security team who were in the room.

Told it was unclear how much the Iranians knew about the code, and offered evidence that it was still causing havoc, Mr. Obama decided that the cyberattacks should proceed. In the following weeks, the Natanz plant was hit by a newer version of the computer worm, and then another after that. The last of that series of attacks, a few weeks after Stuxnet was detected around the world, temporarily took out nearly 1,000 of the 5,000 centrifuges Iran had spinning at the time to purify uranium.

This account of the American and Israeli effort to undermine the Iranian nuclear program is based on interviews over the past 18 months with current and former American, European and Israeli officials involved in the program, as well as a range of outside experts. None would allow their names to be used because the effort remains highly classified, and parts of it continue to this day.

What was it I said in another post about keeping one’s mouth shut with national secrets? Oh, yeah…

One of the greatest secrets you can have in intelligence work –especially when dealing with a deadly enemy– is that you’ve compromised their security. That you’ve cracked their codes, found their safe houses, planted a bug in their meetings, slipped a mole deep inside… so many things. You want them kept secret because you can exploit the advantage again and again, disrupting and demoralizing your enemy because they can’t figure out how you’re always one step ahead. These are secrets you go to your grave with, because, once blown, they’re useless.

Again, this is great news, and the article is a fascinating read, but does anyone really believe that its publication on the same day as a horrific, recession-foreboding jobs report is just a coincidence?

No, I didn’t either.

Yeah, I know they said they interviewed a bunch of people (Do you really think they talked without Washington’s permission?) and said some secrets were kept secret, but… give me a break.

The danger of an article like this is that the Iranians (or their patrons in Russia and China) might be able to deduce from what is said and not said crucial information — about Stuxnet itself, about how it was inserted into Iran, about who may have helped us from the inside… who knows?

And that’s the point. We don’t know what they know, and thus we don’t know if anything in this article might provide them with a valuable clue or a key to a defense. Remember, it was a series of small, seemingly obscure clues that lead us to the big secret of Osama bin Laden’s location. Who knows what tidbit useful to Tehran might be found in this article?

Thus the correct thing to do would have been to shut the Hell up.

After WWII, the British kept the truth about Ultra secret for 29 years. With a national secret of comparable importance, Obama can’t wait 29 months to brag about it.

This is an administration so self-absorbed, so puerile, that it values the security of American strategic secrets lower than the president’s reelection chances.

November can’t come fast enough.

PS: Romney 2012, because he’s an adult and can keep his mouth shut.

(Crossposted at Public Secrets)

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  1. Drew the Infidel says:

    “The effort remains highly classified”? Compared to what? The headlines? Had anyone in my Navy outfit openly and randomly discussed sensitive data, even with other squadron members, they would have been court martialed for it. Intel 101 for Obhammud: STFU!

  2. Phineas, Great article, super information. I read this blog almost daily these days and know this sight is destined to become one of the best of the web. Keep up the good work. Thank you.

  3. Yorkshire says:

    What else can a believer of Marxism (by his own admission) do?

  4. John Bibb says:

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    Loose Lips Sink Ships still applies here. And they keep the enriched UF6 coming out of Iran’s centrifuges.
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    Coming soon to an Israeli and / or American City near you soon. Hiroshima and Nagasaki style!
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    John Bibb
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  5. Carlos says:

    All in an effort to show the average Joe Blow Voter that he’s “just one of us.”

    Yeah, like an all-beef piece of balogna is just like any other great steak.

    He would make just one meal that would fit his personality: an outhouse burger, made from ingredients from the world’s greatest outhouses. It’s still bm, still smells like bm and still tastes like bm.

  6. Colleen says:

    “Romney 2012, because he’s an adult and can keep his mouth shut.”

    Perfect!

  7. Libertarian Advocate says:

    He’s an astonishing cluster***k of incompetence.

  8. TexasMom2012 says:

    This really chaps my hide. There had better be a highly intensive investigation into who exactly released this info. It looks and smells highly political. When Obama didn’t get a bounce from spiking the Bin Laden football there were next stories about his personal participation in decisions about drone assassinations. Ick. This one bothers me only when I think about the fact that the prezy has actually ordered the assassination of an American citizen with no legal court procedures whatsoever. And now we have the EPA flying drones over Montana looking for violations. 4th amendment anyone?

    And finally the latest leak. Confirmation of what many of us suspected. We are in a cyberwar with Iran. Great. I want a perp walk. If Skooter Libby went to jail and WASN’T EVEN THE LEAKER; I want someone or several someones in prison for treason. This was obviously timed for political purposes and heavily damages our national security.

    I’m fighting mad and I am going to volunteer Monday with the Romney campaign to make phone calls into states where I can make a difference. Texas will go for Romney. Btw, we used to have conservative Dems in my youth but no longer. Especially here in Fort Bend. Basically, only choices here are made in the primaries!

  9. Casey says:

    Come on, people. This is Teh Won we’re talking about! Nothing is more important than getting him re-elected, so he has more … “flexibility” after the election.

    After that he’s going to prosecute every single whistle-blower in the administration, starting with Fast & Furious.

    BTW, Phineas, you missed another British operation from WW2 kept secret for decades: the XX System. For those who haven’t heard of it, MI5 had managed to turn or capture every single German agent in Great Britain before the war started. At first it was only used for occasional counter-espionage, like getting an agent into Occupied Europe. It was later realized they also had an excellent source for disinformation, and XX was very useful while deceiving how many divisions the Allies really had available.

    It was thought the Germans over-estimated Allied strength by several dozen divisions. A good example: one of the reasons the German 15th Army was nailed to Calais was FUSAG (First US Army Group) notationally commanded by General Patton. The Germans were certain the Allies would not let such a talented leader go to waste, which -added to the XX disinformation- convinced the Germans that FUSAG was real and that Normandy was a feint. If you’ve ever wondered why so many German leaders thought the Normandy landings weren’t the main effort… Now you know. :)

  10. PE says:

    What we have here is just another natural byproduct of Obama as a narcissistic psychopath. Aint nothin he can’t screw up; aint nothin he won’t. History, strategy, national interests be damned if they don’t serve him.

  11. Tango says:

    …yeah, he’s a traitor to his own people. But as bad as this incident is, it is hardly the first such leak. No nation with any sense (and that includes our allies – or what’s left of them) will trust the U.S. with any sensitive intel. Not as long as Barry and his minions are in Washington, anyway.

  12. Chris in N.Va. says:

    As with America(and-self)-loathing Libtards in general and with our Narcissist-in-Chief, Ozymandias-on-the-Potomac, the famous last words of American revolutionary hero Nathan Hale have now been “retooled” to be:

    I regret that I have only one country to give in exchange for my life (or my wealth, comfort, power, political advantage, ad nauseum).

    *****
    Makes the blood of this USAF vet and his USN wife vet positively boil. This kind of traitorous behavior would routinely result in the ordinary citizen being granted an extended all-expenses-paid vacation at scenic Club Leavenworth, participating in the fitness center regimen of making small rocks out of big ones.