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2 Reporters Behind The WP’s Latest Leak

From a crowing Washington Post:

Top Secret America

A Washington Post Investigation

A note on this project

"Top Secret America" is a project nearly two years in the making that describes the huge national security buildup in the United States after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.

When it comes to national security, all too often no expense is spared and few questions are asked – with the result an enterprise so massive that nobody in government has a full understanding of it. It is, as Dana Priest and William M. Arkin have found, ubiquitous, often inefficient and mostly invisible to the people it is meant to protect and who fund it.

The articles in this series and an online database at topsecretamerica.com depict the scope and complexity of the government’s national security program through interactive maps and other graphics. Every data point on the Web site is substantiated by at least two public records.

Because of the nature of this project, we allowed government officials to see the Web site several months ago and asked them to tell us of any specific concerns. They offered none at that time. As the project evolved, we shared the Web site’s revised capabilities. Again, we asked for specific concerns. One government body objected to certain data points on the site and explained why; we removed those items. Another agency objected that the entire Web site could pose a national security risk but declined to offer specific comments.

We made other public safety judgments about how much information to show on the Web site. For instance, we used the addresses of company headquarters buildings, information which, in most cases, is available on companies’ own Web sites, but we limited the degree to which readers can use the zoom function on maps to pinpoint those or other locations.

Our maps show the headquarters buildings of the largest government agencies involved in top-secret work. A user can also see the cities and towns where the government conducts top-secret work in the United States, but not the specific locations, companies or agencies involved.

Within a responsible framework, our objective is to provide as much information as possible, so readers gain a real, granular understanding of the scale and breadth of the top-secret world we are describing.

We look forward to your feedback and can be reached at topsecretamerica@washpost.com.

– The Editors

Mind you, this is the same Washington Post that claims it did not have enough staff to ever report on the doings of the New Black Panthers, or the Justice Department’s decision to drop their (already won) case against them.

And, more importantly, as we have previously noted, these are the same Washington Post editors who insist that the final decisions about national security should “be made by newspaper editors and not the government.”

From the archives of the Washington Post:

White House Trains Efforts on Media Leaks

By Dan Eggen
Sunday, March 5, 2006

Leonard Downie Jr., executive editor of The Post, said there has long been a “natural and healthy tension between government and the media” on national security issues, but that he is “concerned” about comments by Goss and others that appear to reflect a more aggressive stance by the government. Downie noted that The Post had at times honored government requests not to report particularly sensitive information, such as the location of CIA prisons in Eastern Europe.

“We do not want to inadvertently threaten human life or legitimately harm national security in our reporting,” he said. “But it’s important . . . in our constitutional system that these final decisions be made by newspaper editors and not the government.”

Also, lest we forget, Dana Priest and William Arkin have long history of leaking vital national security secrets, as well as publishing agit-prop to advance their own causes.

The Washington Post’s Dana Priest received the 2006 Pulitzer Prize for beat reporting “for her persistent, painstaking reports on secret ‘black site’ prisons and other controversial features of the government’s counterterrorism campaign.” Never mind that to this day there is no evidence that these ‘secret CIA prisons’ ever existed.

But perhaps Dana Priest has her own agenda. She is a ‘peace scholar’ for the United States Institute of Peace. She is also married to William Goodfellow, who is the Executive Director of the the Center for International Policy (CIP).

Here is a little background from Discover The Networks about the Center For International Policy:

Peace Corps Online

Dana Priest on left.

America’s Red Army

One of the most sophisticated of Fenton’s anti-war projects is the co-mingling of Win Without War and the Center for International Policy (CIP).

Before 9/11, CIP, a Fenton Communications client, mainly acted as Fidel Castro’s greatest “think tank” ally. Much of its million-dollar budget was spent lobbying to end economic sanctions and travel restrictions against Cuba.

Now, it has another mission. Fenton has established a “war room” with CIP called The Iraq Policy Information Program (IPIP). Its main job is getting the anti-Bush foreign policy message out to the media and providing guests for talk shows. A featured speaker of the IPIP is former ambassador Joe Wilson, one of the Bush administration’s most vocal enemies.

Like Moveon.org and Win Without War, the contact for the Iraq Policy Information Program is Fenton Communications. Win Without War also collects tax-deductible donations through CIP.

Here Dana Priest and Mel Goodman shared a stage behind the CIP banner in October 2003. From the first page of their news letter (a pdf file):

CIP’s Mel Goodman with Washington Post reporter Dana Priest at CIP’s “Cowboy Diplomacy” conference on national security, held in the U.S. Senate, October 2003.

Mel Goodman is a member of the Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity (VIPS), which is an organization that pleads with former and current CIA officers to break their oaths and leak secrets that would hurt our national security.

Indeed, Dana Priest shared the stage that day with none other than the aforementioned Joe Wilson. From page five of the same CIP newsletter:

CIP’s “Cowboy Diplomacy” conference featured speakers Ambassador Joe Wilson, [Code Pink’s] Ann Wright and [VIPS member] John Brady Kiesling.

William Arkin has a similar background. The self-styled military expert, Mr. Arkin has, among other things, written columns revealing the top secret code names used by NSA and other intelligence agencies.

Indeed, he even wrote a book to that end, as well. (Which was reviewed by a worshipful Dana Priest.)

Unsurprisingly, Mr. Arkin is a former Greenpeace "researcher." He has also worked for the radical left Institute for Policy Studies and Human Rights Watch, and even the notorious leftwing fantasist, Seymour Hersh.

In fact, Mr. Arkin considers himself more of an activist than a journalist. (Not that there is any discernible difference in our one party media.)

From the Washington Post, via Lexis-Nexus:

Explosive Analyst

William Arkin, Giving Opinions Left and Right

By Howard Kurtz
Friday, May 24, 2002; Page C01

He insists he’s not a journalist.

In fact, he’s an activist who works for the liberal group Human Rights Watch. He also does work for the Air Force. He’s also an academic, an author, a newspaper columnist and a talking head.

From his home in the mountains of Vermont, William Arkin seems to have mastered one of the great juggling acts of the multimedia age — persuading news organizations, advocacy groups and the Pentagon, through sheer smarts and a bulldog personality, to take him on his own terms

The dogged investigator, who was wary about being interviewed, is accustomed to taking flak.

"Someone yelled at me in the Defense Department about how I could possibly write a detailed article about our war plans against Iraq," Arkin says. "Because it’s stupid, and people need to know it’s stupid. And the only way to change it is if it’s exposed." ..

Investigative journalist Seymour Hersh, who once employed Arkin as a researcher, describes him as "a guy who can tick you off like no one else. He’s very blunt and straightforward and very sure of himself." …

The success of Arkin’s foray into journalism was evident in March, when he wrote a Sunday column for the L.A. Times about the government’s super-secret Nuclear Posture Review

The piece set off alarm bells at the Pentagon. General Counsel William Haynes II wrote the L.A. Times that "the person who provided this information to you very likely broke the law. . . . The Department of Defense opposes in the strongest terms any further release of this information."

Noting that he criticized the bombing of power lines in Iraq as hurting the civilian population, Arkin boasts: "The U.S. has never done it again. I actually had an influence over changing the entire air warfare doctrine." …

And, lest we forget, these are the same Washington Post editors and reporters who insisted that Bush administration officials should have been prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law for ‘outing’ the CIA employee Valerie Plame.

Indeed, to falsely prosecute Messrs Rove and Libby, the Washington Post wanted to employ US Code Title 18, Part I, Chapter 3, § 793:

Gathering, transmitting or losing defense information:

(e) Whoever having unauthorized possession of, access to, or control over any… information relating to the national defense which information the possessor has reason to believe could be used to the injury of the United States or to the advantage of any foreign nation, willfully communicates, delivers, transmits or causes to be communicated, delivered, or transmitted, or attempts to communicate, deliver, transmit or cause to be communicated, delivered, or transmitted the same to any person not entitled to receive it…

Shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than ten years, or both.

Of course this law applies to the Washington Post’s latest betrayal of our country — in spades.

This article was posted by Steve on Monday, July 19th, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

13 Responses to “2 Reporters Behind The WP’s Latest Leak”

  1. hushpuppy says:

    This is the kind of thing that ties my stomach into knots and literally makes me want to vomit. I’m heartsick that people who claim to love this country could so easily betray it. I don’t understand their mentality.

  2. wardmama4 says:

    While I agree with you HP – this article to me shows two things that give me hope:
    1) the extensive hypocrisy and duplicitous nature of their spewings – which show when it is against someone they revile – It’s ok, but when it’s against them or someone they revere Hey, not so fast.
    2) the fact that when you do ‘discover the networks’ – It’s all the same people – so the same 1000 or 10000 or even 1000000 are anti-America – gives me hope that when you knock out the entitlement crowd who wouldn’t fight for a damn thing – We The People have a real chance to Take Back America.

    We must just band together and get TERM LIMITS into place – as these anti-American haters have proven time and again, they are not above lying and cheating to win – so let’s just make our government what the Founders desired – simple National protection from foreign enemies and then let any States tend to the poor and unfortunate (or churches or family or neighbors). Bet we’d find a lot less unfortunates in America if that would happen.

    • Rusty Shackleford says:

      In other words, social programs create and foster poverty. For, one never has to think ahead, anticipate and plan if that gubbmint check be comin’ every munff. Nome Sayn?

      However, every time I go to walmart and see the people who work there, I sometimes wonder if it’s just better for the nation as a whole to have them, instead, go sit in the corner and color, while smarter, more qualified people actually work. But then, I remember, these are the “more qualified” people and I sigh and go home.

  3. BannedbytheTaliban says:

    Good work SG. There is often a tendency to ignore the man behind the curtain publishing these treasonous ‘exposes.’
    I doubt, however, that there will be as much to do about the communist and liberal leanings of these America-hating ‘journalists’ as there was about the judges who struck down Obama’s illegal ban on offshore drilling. Such important information will never make it to the public at large.

  4. proreason says:

    It’s a distraction.

    Insignificant details to distract you from the real threat to the country…..the criminal in the White House and the Cabal that inseminated him and groomed him.

    In the first 5 minutes of his day, every day, he does 1000 times the damage as these WaPro dirtbags have created by their treacherous criminal and immoral expose. And yes, I know people will die because of them. But millions of poeple will die because of Obama. Thousands already have.

  5. Rusty Shackleford says:

    “… He insists he’s not a journalist.

    And he’s right. He’s a traitor. If I was still active duty military and published what this guy did/does, I’d be in prison for a very long time.

    Why are such people never prosecuted? Why isn’t the rug pulled out from under him?

    Rhetorical, of course but just ONCE, I’d like to see people like this get a bloody nose. Political expediency my a__.

    • hushpuppy says:

      Exactly! And it was just one generation ago when our parents lived through WWII. They knew “Loose lips sink ships”. They knew patriotism. Not the John Kerry, Hanoi Jane – WaPo – NYT – HuffPo version of ‘patriotism’.

      That is why I’m astonished at how quickly so many embraced socialism/marxism/communism. Where did that come from? Answer: from Hollyweird: home of every perverse and degenerate idea.

      I came to the conclusion a long time ago that McCarthy was correct to suspect the media, the film industry and unions for communist affiliations. All that has been accomplished in the free world never could have been accomplished if those in the media and famous faces had come right out and quoted the planks of communism. Nope. Too obvious. So they carefully inserted their poison a little at a time.

      Soon, by the mid-60s you had anarchy and rebellion: drug use, promiscuity, disregard for our elders, open hostility towards all that is holy and good. It was replaced by musicians who sang garbage like ‘if you can’t be with the one you love, love the one you’re with.’

      And along came various STDs, unplanned pregnancies, the ‘right’ to have abortions, and the meddling of Dr. Benjamin Spock who taught that spanking was child abuse. How many Spock-marked kids landed in jail because they weren’t taught boundaries and respect for others’ property?

      Then those kids went on to breed the next generations. And each generation down is worse than the last. Sort of like a photocopy of a photocopy of a photocopy….

      …and now you have: sexual promiscuity (readily available birth control), broken families, cheating partners, damaged children, unwanted/unplanned pregnancies (liberals brainwashing people into believing abortion is a ‘right’), and on and on…

      So the liberals have created this ‘utopia’ and it’s anti God, anti family and ultimately anti life.

      Well no thank you. Christ is my High Priest and elder brother, and God is my Father. Take that, Hollywood.

      Take a look at these columns:

      State Department warns employees about new website highlighting Top Secret facilities

      The Communist Party Goals and the Relevance to Today:

      The 10 Planks of the Communist Party by Karl Marx

      This URL has a lot of out of date links, but I found some of them and pasted them here.

      Brain Washing, A Synthesis of the Russian Textbook on Psycho-politics

      Are American Practicing Communism

  6. verner1 says:

    Oh what a trip down Memory Lane!

    Where to begin! Well, first , the irony of Dana Priest, (a woman married to William Goodfellow–a man who in the last 40 years a has not met a totalitarian Marxist thug he didn’t love) using a free press to investigate a “shadow government” is a joke. I’ve looked at the article. Try that is Cuba honey! Waste fraud and redundancy in the Federal Government!!! Quell Suprise!!!! But what a joke to say that no one controls it all. Congress controls the purse, and the Executive is the boss. DUH. If Obama and the dems in congress don’t like it, let them start making cuts.

    Here’s what I think is really going on. Little Miss Dana is trying to construct a new bogeyman for the left to attack, since the military industrial complex is running out of steam. Trust me, all the little agitprop orgs that her husband is associated with are getting their troops mustered, and their fund raising letters typed. She and the WaPo have thrown together every single agency, contractor and individual in the federal government who require a top secret clearance. Thus, on the list of TWENTY THREE categories listed by the post, we find activities as disparate as Counter-IED explosive operations to building security. And, if that’s what you’re doing, I don’t think that it should be a surprise that 850,000 in this country have a top secret clearance of some sort. (and hey, if things are so out of control, then how did she come up with that number.) Read you Lackoff–she is creating and steering the language! Right out of the Radical handbook.
    If the system working? Well, we haven’t been hit again now have we. But with an interactive map showing every single government and contract entity in the country, hey, that could change.

  7. verner1 says:

    This is from Marcus Carey’s Blog–here is his question to Priest-Goodfellow during her appearance at NKY in 2009:”

    “The media watchdog group, Accuracy in Media, has equated you with Soviet apologist Walter Duranty of the New York Times, who covered up Stalin’s crimes, pointing to your husband’s connections with various Marxist groups and his long history of far left activism, and concluded that your story on Black Sites was a “carefully designed and planted effort to sabotage the war on terror” putting Americans at an increased risk of attack.

    Under these circumstances, with all the stories you could have reported, how do you address those people who believe your motivations translate into media bias?”

    And here was her answer:

    “I don’t feel the need to address it necessarily because I have a long career and many articles that people can look at judging for themselves whether those articles turned out to be accurate or not. And I cannot think of a story in many years that I had to write a correction about….I am married to someone who is liberal with a think tank that has a liberal bent. You know, I don’t feel the need to have to defend it, it is what it is.”

    I’m surprised her nose didn’t grow like Pinocchio! William Chester Goodfellow a LIBERAL. How about FLAMING Khmer Rouge, Sandanista, Phillip Agee, Che, Fidel, Hugo Chavez loving MARXIST!!!! Yeah baby, it IS what it IS.

  8. Chuckk says:

    Why does Russia bother to plant spies in this country? They can get more and better info from the New York Times and Washington Post.

  9. verner1 says:

    Hey Steve, get a load of this:

    In 1978, in an article in National Review, Brian Crozier, director of the London-based Institute for the Study of Conflict, described IPS as the “perfect intellectual front for Soviet activities which would be resisted if they were to originate openly from the KGB.”

    IPS has been particularly concerned with researching U.S. defense industries and arms sales policies to Free World countries under pressure from Soviet-supported terrorist movements. The director of IPS arms sales research, Michael Klare, is a veteran of the North American Congress on Latin America, a Castroite research group that has aided CIA defector Philip Agee, and who worked with the Center for National Security Studies (CNSS), an IPS off-shoot affiliated with the Fund for Peace. Klare has made frequent trips to Havana to “lecture” on U.S. arms policies to “graduate students” at the University of Havana, and has participated in disarmament conferences sponsored by WPC groups.

    IPS’s Arms Race and Nuclear Weapons Project is directed by William “Bill” Arkin, who is compiling a book of [United States] nuclear weapons data with “everything from where the bombs are stored to where weapons delivery systems are cooked up.” This is to be kept up-to-date with revisions bi-annually.

    Arkin, who formerly worked for the Center for Defense Information, is coordinating an attack on the defense budget by a group including Bertram Gross and long-time IPS activist Richard Kaufman, assistant director and general counsel of the Joint Economic Committee of Congress.

    According to the Zill report, Arkin was coordinator of the March 1982 END researchers conference in Holland; briefed END leaders on U.S. weapons developments “which affect Europe…[and] works closely with Stan Norris of CDI and with press people from The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Washington Post and CBS where, at the end of February, 60 Minutes will feature a story of his on Nuclear Weapons in Europe.”

    In addition to taking a leadership role in the National Nuclear Weapons Freeze Conference, February 19-20, in Denver, and conducting a workshop attacking the impact of military spending on local areas, and writing a pamphlet on nuclear weapons to be distributed by the time of SSD-II, Zill reported that Arkin “is also teaching a course at the Defense Intelligence School called ‘Research and Methodology: Effects of Limited Nuclear War in Europe’.”

    IPS played a seminal role in the formation and development of the Nuclear Research and Information Service (N IRS), the World Information Service on Energy (WISE), and European Nuclear Disarmament (END).

    On April 10, 1982, an IPS-sponsored group visiting Moscow for a week of meetings with high-level Soviet officials responsible for disseminating disinformation and propaganda for U.S. consumption, met with U.S. reporters to serve as the unofficial means for floating the possibility that Brezhnev might agree to a New York summit meeting in New York at SSD-II.

    From “the War Called Peace.” So there we have it–the BFF of Philip Agee is not calling the shots on reforming” Americn intel. It is enough to make a cat laugh. Rush, Newt and the rest of them REALLY need to jump all over this. Priest should be a laughing stock.

  10. verner1 says:


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