Blabbermouth Feinstein Needs to STFU

Monday, February 16, 2009


DINO Democrat, Sen. Dianne Feinstein, needs to shut her cakehole.

As a senior U.S. lawmaker and the Chairwoman of the Intelligence Committee, Feinstein ought to know better than to disclose sensitive, classified CIA intelligence information in a public forum.

At a hearing this passed Thursday, Feinstein disclosed that unmanned CIA Predator aircraft operating in Pakistan are flown from an air base in that country — a revelation likely to embarrass the Pakistani government and complicate its counter-terrorism collaboration with the United States.

“As I understand it, these are flown out of a Pakistani base,” she said.

The disclosure by the Chairwoman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, marks the first time a U.S. official had publicly commented on where the Predator aircraft patrolling Pakistan take off and land.

Bruce Hoffman, a terrorism expert at Georgetown University, said Feinstein’s comments put Pakistan’s government on the spot.

“If accurate, what this says is that Pakistani involvement, or at least acquiescence, has been much more extensive than has previously been known,” he said. “It puts the Pakistani government in a far more difficult position [in terms of] its credibility with its own people. Unfortunately it also has the potential to threaten Pakistani-American relations.”

As chairwoman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, Feinstein is privy to classified details of U.S. counter-terrorism efforts. The CIA does not publicly acknowledge a campaign against Pakistan-based extremists using remotely piloted planes, making Feinstein’s comment all the more inappropriate.

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18 Responses to Blabbermouth Feinstein Needs to STFU

  1. Scott Dancer says:

    Dianne Feinstein’s senate career is a matter of luck and assassination but certainly not qualifications.

    She was married to a doctor and lived the life of a rich, San Francisco socialite (a la Nancy Pelosi) when she got bored and ran for supervisor. Her district loved voting for one of their own and elected her. Soon she became president of the board of San Francisco supervisors and when San Francisco mayor George Moscone was assassinated (along with Harvey Milk), Feinstein became mayor — a position handed to her by tragedy and dumb luck.

    In many ways, Feinstein’s rise to the United States Congress is a comment on what is wrong with our political system. Because she’s a wealthy woman, raising the necessary cash to pay for TV ads in a state with more than 8 major media markets means no one can oppose her political will or her political machine.

  2. feminazi says:

    Why would Feinstein disclose such important CIA intelligence reports information when she knows the camera is on her and recording her every word? I don’t understand it. Perhaps the senate needs to rethink her presence as Chairwoman and replace her with someone who has more self-control?

  3. DB says:

    These kinds of slips are scary. People can die from this crap. I would personally lose my security clearance if I leaked classified information putting lives at risk. It is a shame their is no way to punish this behavior for her.

  4. DB says:

    *her behavior for this.

    (how’d I mess that one up?!)

  5. Dmitris says:

    DiFi detests Obama. She was in Hillary’s pantsuit from the day Hillary entered the primary race. I think DiFi would do anything to help undermine Obama and make his first term a failure. What better way to make this a reality than ruin his Middle East security policy in a nation hiding bin Laden?

  6. Mauigirl says:

    It seems like a very unwise thing to say in public; but it’s possible she just blabbed without thinking about the consequences. (Putting a charitable spin on it). Of course Dmitris may be right and it was more than that.

  7. lea-lea says:

    Loose lips, sink ships.

    Feinstein has been around a longtime. I’m not willing to cut her any slack. This seems deliberate to me.

  8. Bill Hussein O'Reilly says:

    For her encore maybe Lady Dianne will next reveal the identities of all the known countries that have nukes?

    Not very bright, DiFi.

  9. what a dummy lol

  10. Fran says:

    Although Di’s slip is bad, as she may have created an additional hostility in Pakistan, what bothers me more is that the U.S. IS using drone planes dropping bombs in Pakistan, regardless of where the base is located. The U.S did this in Iraq– pre-preemptive air strikes.

    I saw a piece about this yesterday & one Pakistani person asked this question: Would the U.S. tolerate the same action in reverse? Would it be OK if Pakistan sent any plane to drop bombs on U.S. soil, randomly killing people?

  11. VicoDANIEL says:

    Ah, yes. Sen. Dianne Feinstein.

    I’m always amazed at how far she’s managed to make it on so very little other than a pretty face and being in the right place at the right time.

    What should have happened back in 2007 when she was forced to resign her seat on the Military Construction Appropriations subcommittee because a local San Francisco paper broke the story of her husband, Richard Blum, the owner of the military companies Perini Corp. and URS Corp., had received multi-million dollar contracts in conjunction with the Iraq war, was the senate leadership force her out of anything however remotely connected to defense or intelligence.

    Of course, this would have required Majority Leader Harry Reid to act like a man and do his job and we all know how unlikely that would be.

  12. R.J. says:

    I tried voting her out last term, Chris. She’s way too popular statewide to dethrone her. I hate to say it, but she’s basically a Senator for life.

  13. Walk on Socks says:

    Vico Daniel hit the nail on the proverbial head.

    Feinstein is a war profiteer and is every bit as ethnically challenged as Rod Blagojevich. Why the senate hasn’t investigated her is another Beltway mystery.

  14. libhomo says:

    DiFi is foolish. However, if this cuts back on the killing of Pakistani civilians, Feinstein may have accidentally helped US foreign policy.

  15. JollyRoger says:

    I take it her hubs isn’t cut in on any of the contracts for drones?

  16. Harry says:

    I can’t fathom why DiFi is popular. The buzz on her nowadays is, she plans to run for governor and run against Meg Whitman.

  17. libhomo says:

    Harry: Meg Whitman is even more loathsome than DiFi. I hope California gets better choices than those two.

  18. DB says:

    I’m with Libhomo, Whitman is much worse then DiFi, but the options are still pretty crappy.

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