STOP the politicians, President Obama and others, from politically capitalizing on US national security operations and secrets!
|August 22, 2012
||Contact: Chad Kolton
OPSEC CALLS ON HOLDER TO SEEK 'EXTRAORDINARY REMEDY' TO PREVENT DISTRIBUTION OF BOOK ON OBL RAID
Earlier today OPSEC sent a letter to US Attorney General Eric Holder calling on him to "commit any and all resources of the Department of Justice necessary, including your authority as the U.S. Attorney General, to immediately seek the extraordinary remedy of an injunction in federal court to prevent this book [on the OBL raid by a SEAL Team 6 member] from being published and distributed until it can be subjected to proper review procedures by the appropriate government agency." A copy of the signed letter is attached and the text is pasted below for convenience.
August 27, 2012
Attorney General Eric Holder
U.S. Department of Justice
950 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20530-0001
Dear General Holder:
During our service as Special Operators and intelligence community officers, we relied on tactics and capabilities kept secret in order to help make our units lethal and effective. Since our honorable discharges or retirements we have both spoken and written about our experiences, carefully following the rules that govern the release of information as well as common sense to protect those who still serve – and who will one day serve – and help ensure the success of their missions.
We have grave concerns about failures on the part of this Administration to curb the rise of a culture of leaks on Intelligence as well as Special Operations missions and capabilities. However, our immediate concern involves the possibility of a future unauthorized disclosure and we are writing to ask you to act immediately to prevent it.
Recent media reports indicate that a book authored by a member of the SEAL Team 6 unit that killed Osama Bin Laden is scheduled to be published on September 11, 2012, and will disclose details about the unit’s tactics and capabilities on that mission. While we believe the author is a hero whose service far exceeds that of most Americans, most alarming are reports that this book has not been properly reviewed by any appropriate agency of government to ensure that it includes no classified or sensitive information.
We have no desire to condemn a book we have not yet read and remain hopeful current reports about its contents are simply the product of hyper-aggressive marketing. However, the potential threats from unauthorized disclosures to those who still serve in Special Operations units are too great to simply wish for the best. Too many detail about units like that one were already leaked by senior members of the Administration in the days after the Bin Laden raid and those who serve simply cannot afford any more to become public.
Admiral McRaven has issued an important warning about what may happen if this book includes classified information but you don't need to wait until it becomes public to act. We are asking you to commit any and all resources of the Department of Justice necessary, including your authority as the U.S. Attorney General, to immediately seek the extraordinary remedy of an injunction in federal court to prevent this book from being published and distributed until it can be subjected to proper review procedures by the appropriate government agency. A failure to act to prevent an unauthorized disclosure of sensitive or classified information is a failure to act to protect those who serve our country. We hope you share our view that such a failure is unacceptable.
Scott Taylor, President
Special Ops OPSEC Education Fund