Obama Says Hooray For Hollywood!

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During his address to the graduating class of the Air Force Academy today, President Obama reminded the cadets that he gave the order to take out Osama bin Laden.

Anyone surprised? As his economic policies continue to implode, President Obama looks for any opportunity to remind America that he got one right (Obama at a restaurant: “I’ll order off your daily special menu…just like I ordered the SEALS to go in and get Osama!”)

But the Obama administration may have gone too far trying to help Hollywood spread the message:

The White House has apparently undermined the secrecy that protects U.S. anti-jihadi operations because it wants to aid Hollywood’s quick production of a movie about the killing of Osama bin Laden, according to a statement from Rep. Peter King, chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee.

E-mails released May 22 show “a damning story of extremely close, unprecedented, and potentially dangerous collaboration with top officials at the CIA, the [Department of Defense] and the White House and a top Democratic lobbying firm,” King said.

King is pressing administration officials to explain their unprecedented cooperation with producer Kathryn Bigelow and screenwriter Mark Boal, whose movie, titled “Zero Dark Thirty,” is slated for release later this year.

We only know about this story because the group Judicial Watch filed FOIA requests to get the damning emails. According to them, information in the documents the White House gave them had to be partially redacted for security purposes. The problem? These were copies of unredacted documents given to the gang in Hollywood.

So it only became secret AFTER the movie started filming?

This is also bad timing. Today we learned that the Pakistani man who helped us find bin Laden has been sentenced to 30 years in a Pakistan prison. And just last week we found out that it was the Obama administration who leaked the identity of the double agent who stopped UnderWear Bomb—The Sequel. He wasn’t a CIA asset. He worked for the Brits and Saudis—who are now extremely peeved with the White House.

Protecting our SEALS and intelligence sources is a matter of national security.  In the past, that would have been the highest priority.

But under President “I’m Ready For My Close-Up,” the priorities have changed.

UPDATE! It probably didn’t hurt that the studio that got this info hosted a fundraiser for Obama, too.

 

Michael Graham
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