In my post on what I presumed to be Cheney's latest offense, Kagro X asked:
I guess I'm trying to figure out how the outward appearances would be different if the OVP were actually the seat of an espionage ring.
And it's a good question. After all, we know that WH's folks were leaving SCI documents lying around ...
For example, according to one officer, a junior White House aide reported that a senior assistant to the President improperly disclosed SCI to him, even though he had no security clearance.
Another security officer reported that a White House official left SCI material behind in a hotel room during a foreign trip with the President.
Such looseness with SCI information is also something John Bolton has been guilty of.
And then there's the prevalence of folks hanging around OVP with clearance issues. Most recently, of course, there has been Wolfie's girlfriend.
[Shaha] Riza, who is not a U.S. citizen, had to receive a security clearance in order to work at the State Department. Who intervened? It is not unusual to have British or French midlevel officers at the department on exchange programs, but they receive security clearances based on the clearances they already have with their host governments. Granting a foreign national who is detailed from an international organization a security clearance, however, is extraordinary, even unprecedented.
6. You're clearly fascinated by President Omar Bongo of Gabon. Why do you find him so interesting?
For decades Bongo was a guardian of what was, in a sense, the biggest secret in Africa: a giant offshore slush fund, fed by African oil and hooked up to tax havens. It secretly financed and corrupted the main French political parties, the intelligence services, and provided bribes in pursuit of French diplomatic, economic and military objectives around the world. Several hundred French troops protected Bongo against coups, and his secret influence in French politics was staggering. Could anything like this happen elsewhere in the West? A secret system fed by foreign oil, underpinned by military links, corrupting national politics? When I contemplate America, Britain, and Saudi Arabia, I wonder. In fact, it is almost certain that several systems with some or all of these characteristics link rich Western countries with poor, oil-rich ones. The main difference is that magistrates cracked the French system open. The others remain submerged.
Has really stuck in my head. After all, Cheney and Bandar bin Sultan seem to have their own little foreign policy gig going.
You'd think after they caught a spy working in Cheney's office who had been there for three years, Cheney would welcome some scrutiny and security (I always wondered whether this happened with Cheney's tacit approval). But you'd think wrong.
So how long are we going to put up with the White House and Cheney refusing to permit some scrutiny into their activities.