Disclosures of our most highly effective, classified intelligence-collection tools, which the U.S. government has used to disrupt al-Qaida terrorist plots against America citizens, have made us much less safe than we were eight months ago.
There is also no doubt that more leaks will only result in more damage and less safety for our citizens. That’s why legislation is needed to discourage leakers.
Government officials who take a solemn oath are not free to break that oath and put all Americans’ safety at risk for their personal political agenda or the desire of newspapers to sell hot breaking news.
There are adequate opportunities for whistleblowers to contact their superiors, federal inspectors general offices and congressional intelligence committees or representatives to raise legitimate concerns.
In the end, this legislation wouldn’t be necessary if the news media had showed restraint when publishing America’s intelligence sources and methods across the front page for all the world, including America’s enemies, to see.
U.S. senator, Missouri