Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Smear Factor

If you didn't see it last week, here's a McClatchy piece on the winks, nods, and slurs that are part of the campaign against Obama. I found this part interesting:

One practitioner in Virginia, who hates Obama like a dog hates cats, led a reporter through his efforts. Because the man is a retired clandestine CIA officer, identifying him could endanger officers or operations that remain classified, so McClatchy will not reveal his name.

In late 2006, convinced that an Obama presidency would be disastrous for America, he decided to start an anti-Obama operation. He combed the public record on Obama. He used a couple of allies and informants — half-jokingly dubbing his group "The Crusaders" — to learn about Obama's background, especially his Africa connection and how he came to be the editor of the Harvard Law Review.

He assembled a dossier on Obama, including allegations that Obama attended a madrassa, or Islamic religious school, in his youth in Indonesia.

Then the retired spook tried to get Israeli intelligence officials interested in his Obama dossier. They weren't, to his chagrin. He also shopped it to some foreign reporters. Again, no luck.

Assuming that's not just tall talk from a former spook who misses the game, what part of the CIA officer's professional experience led him to believe Israeli intelligence would be interested in an anti-Obama dossier? And what did he think Israel would do with the information?


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Israeli intelligence doesn't need any freelance crackpot to build a dossier. They have one a mile thick already.

To the extent that Israeli intelligence is a creature of their right wing is the extent to which they are shitting bricks about Obama. After all the Bush administration is filled with de facto Israeli agents from top to bottom most of who will be out of their jobs if Obama wins. Already the top tier, Feith and Wolfowitz are gone.

We can only hazard wild guesses about what Obama might do as president but most will guess that he won't use the absurdly myopic views of the Middle East tinged with large doses of millennial frosting that Bush did and McCain would. A prospect which is unacceptable.

5/13/2008 6:28 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ok, don't the actions of this "retired clandestine CIA officer" border on espionage on behalf of a foreign government? With "patriots" like this, who needs enemies. Of course, good thing he's retired, because he sure seems to be a lousy agent.

5/13/2008 11:00 AM  
Blogger Fasteddiez said...

Ed luttwak's op-ed in the NYT would qualify as a false flag information operation, n'est-ce pas?

Who is Edward Luttwak?


5/13/2008 11:30 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'd bet that many of the actions taken by this "retired CIA agent" were illegal. Much of what the CIA does isn't legal, but at least it's done under the color of law. A civilian, on the other hand, has no authority at all to invade people's privacy.

5/13/2008 6:26 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This retired CIA agent ... I'm guessing is the man behind NoQuarter.

5/21/2008 1:18 AM  
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