Hero Utah Congressman Jason Chaffetz Outs Pretty Much Entire CIA

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Plamed! Jason Chaffetz, how is your MENSA membership? Still in good standing? Oh, good! Now, we know you and your brethren want to make some political hay out of the Libya fiasco. Who could blame you? Even we were like (secretly, in our brainpans), sup, did Hillz drop the ball? And if hacks like us are wondering that, then it is probably a potent issue indeed! But FIRST you admitted that actually, you and all your GOP buddies had voted specifically to cut funding for embassy security — “priorities,” you said, while accusing Chick Clinton of not having enough embassy security — and then you totally Valerie Plamed an entire CIA … platoon? Gaggle? Murder? Nipple? A nipple of CIA dudes? Well, whatever a bunch of CIA dudes would be. GOOD JOB IN YOUR PUBLIC TELEVISED HEARINGS ON MATTERS OF NATIONAL SECURITY, GENIUS.

When crybaby car-robbing arsonist Darrell Issa is trying to cover your blunders, you are pretty much the greatest congressman in the world.

Sup, Dana Milbank?

Through their outbursts, cryptic language and boneheaded questioning of State Department officials, the committee members left little doubt that one of the two compounds at which the Americans were killed, described by the administration as a “consulate” and a nearby “annex,” was a CIA base. They did this, helpfully, in a televised public hearing.

Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) was the first to unmask the spooks. “Point of order! Point of order!” he called out as a State Department security official, seated in front of an aerial photo of the U.S. facilities in Benghazi, described the chaotic night of the attack. “We’re getting into classified issues that deal with sources and methods that would be totally inappropriate in an open forum such as this.”

A State Department official assured him that the material was “entirely unclassified” and that the photo was from a commercial satellite. “I totally object to the use of that photo,” Chaffetz continued. He went on to say that “I was told specifically while I was in Libya I could not and should not ever talk about what you’re showing here today.”

Now that Chaffetz had alerted potential bad guys that something valuable was in the photo, the chairman, Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), attempted to lock the barn door through which the horse had just bolted. “I would direct that that chart be taken down,” he said, although it already had been on C-SPAN. “In this hearing room, we’re not going to point out details of what may still in fact be a facility of the United States government or more facilities.”

Milbank then goes on to explain that Chaffetz and Issa have just told the world that the facilities were run by Joe Wilson or something. You could read it! It’s pretty good!

SO. If the lapses were indeed the fault of the CIA, then we can rest easy that our image of Hillary Clinton as kick-ass superhero can remain unmolested. (Hooray!) And also, pinning State with not having security when you’ve cut funding for security for State might just backfire when people are reminded you are the party that wants to prove that government is ineffective and terrible by making government ineffective and terrible.

You know. Just saying. So thanks Jason Chaffetz, we feel totally 10 times better now!

[WaPo]

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108 comments

  1. actor212

    "Would I trow a match in dere if my good friend Rocky was in dere?"

    Fucking amateurs. Sheesh, at least Rove had the good sense to put two layers of culpability between him and Plame.

    1. BoroPrimorac

      I think Rove's and Cheney's finger prints are all over this. They probably think: "Hey, we got away with it once, so what the fuck?

  2. YouBetcha

    Someone strap a helmet to each of these two clowns, hand them each a grenade, an iPhone, and a fully automatic weapon, and drop them into Benghazi. They can investigate from the ground.

  3. Pragmatist2

    Chaffitz will make up for this goof by enlisting in the Marine Corps and going to Afghanistan.

  4. no_gravity

    Can't we just say once and for all that the Oversight and Government Reform Committee of the House is an unmitigated clusterfuck and be done with it.

    1. cousinitt

      I think we can safely say that of the entire House, aka, the House that Norquist built and Wall Street paid for.

  5. ManchuCandidate

    There's a man who puts lives in danger
    To everyone he meets he's quite the dumper
    With every cut he makes another buck he takes
    Odds are someone won't live to see tomorrow

    Utah Congress man, Utah Congress man
    They've given you a donation and you never had a brain

    Cuttin' security bucks for Foggy bottom one day
    And then blamin' them for dying next day
    Oh no, you let the wrong word slip
    While kissing Boner's orange lips
    The odds are those assholes will still elect you tomorrow

  6. Schmannnity

    Cutting funding for security and then complaining about lax security is the same strategy as during the presidential primaries where the military option on Iran was batted about and then when oil prices exploded, they claimed that Obama caused gasoline price inflation.

    1. HouseOfTheBlueLights

      This is also the PBS strategy– cut govt funding to public television, and then when the programming tanks, tell the rubes that the govt can't even get public television right.

  7. delaney_blom

    I believe the collective term for a bunch of CIA dudes is "Cell"

    Also, too, House Republicans' collective term for the State Department is "Coven"

  8. mrpuma2u

    Isn't that law that Bush 41 passed, that made outing intelligence agents a federal crime, still on the books? Attorney General Holder, hello?

      1. Crank_Tango

        That's something both sides of the aisle can agree with, I think.

        Then again, some of them GOP pigfuckers might enjoy those tits…

    1. sullivanst

      Phone call from the Constitution on line 3. It says the Speech or Debate Clause would like a word.

      1. mrpuma2u

        Yes, silly me, I am living in that dream world where people in the government are held accountable for their screw ups.

  9. ahnc

    Smart move, Chaffetz, getting the CIA pissed now that they have to vacate the facility you exposed.
    Actually, it sound like something Mittens would do.

  10. Indiepalin

    Issa's next crusade? A congressional investigation into our 7.8% unemployment rate. If you watch "Homeland", you know that the deceased son of the terrorist leader, and the motivation behind Brody's crusade, is named Issa. Don't tell Corsi.

  11. gullywompr

    It's amazing to me how many Congressmen think they actually understand the government. The guy giving the briefing has done this his entire career, Chaffetz has been a federal employee for about three years. At the State Department, we call someone with that length of experience an "intern".

  12. coolhandnuke

    Now that professional douchebag Robert Novak is covering the Breitbart trial in the sixth circle, we need a semi-professional douchebag from the wingnutosphere–who can type–to step up and deliver.

  13. BaldarTFlagass

    I thought all them CIA agents wore T-shirts that said "CIA" on them in big giant letters, like Johnny Depp in Once Upon a Time in Mexico. How could you possible "out" them?

  14. skmind

    The best way to thank Issa is by honoring him with the coveted title of CIA Section Chief in Libya.

    Isn't Obama required to make a recess appointment?

  15. zumpie

    Wondering when you guys were gonna get around to this one! The immediate, near total silencing of Puggies screaming this would be the Evil Kenyan Muslin Usurper's October Surprise was stunning (though many of the dumber ones are still blathering)

    Also, too:

    Issa will be remembered as a much dumber Joe McCarthy.

    Sometimes, just maybe, the WH and the State Department keep stuff quiet, cause you know, top secret, national, security, etc.

  16. asterixaverni

    While this is yet another lovely example of rethuglican dumbfuckery… isn't also well known that every State department facility is also a CIA branch office?

  17. BaldarTFlagass

    "you and all your GOP buddies had voted specifically to cut funding for embassy security while accusing Chick Clinton of not having enough embassy security"

    That's some catch, that Catch-22.

  18. PsycWench

    I guess it was a bad idea when a student walked in my office and I shouted "Don't look at the computer screen! You're not supposed to see the test ahead of time!"

  19. sullivanst

    So: in order to keep the CIA's cover, he had to blow the CIA's cover, eh?

    I don't think it can come as a surprise to anyone who's ever seen Chaffetz on camera that he's not too bright.

    1. GunToting[Redacted]

      We had to destroy the agency to save it.

      It's amazing how often that little trope is relevant with these idiots.

  20. fuflans

    i wondered if this was CIA (the base that spearheaded a revolution and was the major weapons distribution point was likely to be at least partially CIA. and they were the only boots on the ground in libya…). but i don't know how the bamz team squares that circle politically.

    though perhaps jason chuffed has just done that job for them.

  21. PeaceWithHonor

    Patriotism is a cudgel we use to beat our opponents. It's not something we actually practice.

  22. Incitefully_Joe

    By the logic that's been applied to Wikileaks, it's not unreasonable to conclude right now that Issa and Chaffetz have a ton of American blood on their hands, and are therefore The Real Terrorists.

  23. PuckStopsHere

    This is the same fuckstick who got busted by Soledan O'Brien live on CNN for having voted against a State Department request for increased funding for embassy security and then bitching about the Obama administration being responsible for what he termed lax security at the Libyan embassy. Still, I can't say that I blame Chaffetz. He's just an idiot; one might as well place the blame on a poor, dumb dog. Rather, I blame the people of the congressional district in Utah which he represents for being fucking right wings idiots and putting him into office in the first place. Thanks again, Teabaggers! USA…USA…USA. F-U-C-K, fuck you all.

  24. BaldarTFlagass

    "official assured him that the material was “entirely unclassified” and that the photo was from a commercial satellite."

    A few years ago I was running a geospatial mapping project for our bases in USAF-Europe. The Turks did not want to give up any satellite shots of their base at Incirlik, where the USAF is a tenant. We were able to obtain the maps, and when the Turkish AF guys saw them they hit roof, wanting to know what kind of espionage we had gotten up to in order to obtain this highly classified information. They were pretty chagrined when the answer was "Google Earth."

  25. fuflans

    so apparently republicans like outing intelligence agencies (including romney in UK). maybe there's still something to that old canard about CIA being elitist.

  26. prommie

    Mormons. Dumb dumb dumb dumb dumb. I learned this from South Park. If ya start out with that portion of the populace stupid enough to fall for Smith's scam (think Jonestown followers) and then you interbreed for 190 years, well, it can't be good for the gene pool.

  27. Slim_Pickins

    This is even dumber than Newt announcing he would begin covert actions against Iran on day one of his presidency.

  28. Blueb4sinrise

    S'okay, the CIA was meeting Hondurans there to sell them guns to then fund the opposition in Iran.

  29. anniegetyerfun

    Seriously, though, the idea that there WASN'T a CIA base in Libya (several, akshully) is hilarious. Of course there was/is.

  30. HouseOfTheBlueLights

    May I request that Barry bring this up when Willard tries to decapitate him over Libya?

  31. bibliotequetress

    So what if Chaffetz potentially endangered the lives of US operatives and/or their local contacts who may OR MAY NOT have realized they were assisting the US? Political points were scored! Chaffetz wins!

  32. iamrrm

    Chaffetz is a person? I thought it was the sore you get from excessive rubbing. E.g., "I fapped so much that it caused some painful chaffetz."

  33. glamourdammerung

    When can we just yank security clearance from Republicans? They have consistently shown to be incapable of handling such responsibility.

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