Q Scott, you're talking about these stories that Helen raised, and the possible damage to national security. It's been several months since both of those were released. Is there any evidence that national security has been damaged by either of those stories?
MR. McCLELLAN: You're talking about the terrorist surveillance program? Absolutely. It shows the enemy our play book, Peter, and that is -- when we are engaged in a war on terrorism --
Q Beyond the general concept that it shows the enemy our play book, is there any specific --
MR. McCLELLAN: We're facing a different kind of enemy. And General Hayden has talked about how it has been harmful to our national security.
Q -- anything that happened, specifically, that you can point to and say that happened because of this, or didn't happen because of this?
MR. McCLELLAN: I think there are two issues you're talking about. And people have talked about how it has been harmful to our nation's security --
Q How? Can you point to any specific --
MR. McCLELLAN: Because it's showing the enemy our play book. And what happens, when the enemy sees our play book, the enemy adjusts and adapts. This is a different kind of war we're engaged in, against a very dangerous, determined and lethal enemy. And for people to leak information that shows them our play book is a serious matter --
Q Is there any evidence that they have --
MR. McCLELLAN: -- and we take it very seriously. And our law enforcement officials are the ones that enforce the laws on the books.
Q Is there anything that shows us that they have, in fact, adapted or changed as a result of --
MR. McCLELLAN: I think General Hayden has talked about it, Peter. He's our Deputy Director of National Intelligence, and I would encourage you to go back and look -- he has talked about how this has been harmful.
Tuesday, May 02, 2006
Ah, The Enemy Play Book: Can We Pick Up A Copy On Line, Or Do We Just Have To Have Faith That There Is One?
I love this question in today's regular washing of the news at the Whitehouse press briefing. It shows, really, that the W, Rove and Co don't have a clue about what the "enemy" playbook is, was, or how it may be affected by any of the supposed "breaches" of security (by the hands of their own people, I might add). I would be curious to hear what you think about when you review this text. In other words, how do you interpret Scotty's non-answer?