Leakers are Leaking Leaks About Our Fantasy Weapons From Past Wars! Stop the Presses, and Stop the Press!


Marines in Iraq ask for a special super laser weapon that can melt steel at 10,000 meters and burn clothes at 15,000 meters distance, among other supercool things. Wired magazine printed their request on its website in 2007.

Now the Naval Criminal Investigative Service wants Wired to reveal the leaker and take down the document, which apparantly reveals important national security secrets about the nutty non-existent things Marines wanted in a war that's supposedly over. 

Details at Wired, which has so far politely declined to reveal a source or take down the document. This request, Wired thinks, is part of a general war on leaks by the so-called "most transparent administration ever":

The NCIS' continued interest in an unclassified document posted over five years ago comes amid a new push by the Obama administration to crack down on leakers. The effort has been Kafka-esque from the start. It started when a pair of books revealed that the White House is intimately involved in approving drone attacks and cybersabotage operations against its foes. Days after the leaks, President Obama scolded the secret-spillers — even though the books' authors were granted officially access to the highest levels of the administration. Congress has also stepped in with its own legislation that would punish leakers of classified information. But the bill, recently passed by the Senate Intelligence Committee, exempts from reprisal most senior White House and administration officials — and, of course, members of Congress, as well.

Reason's Ed Krayewski roundly exposes and mocks the lie of "most transparent administration".


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  1. The comments on that article made me barf.

    1. Post some examples.

      I did not find the general attitude of them to be particularly bad.

      One or two rotten eggs from both sides of the issue is all i could see.

      1. a nation should be able to keep its secrets without malcontents, crybabies and other assorted undesirables ( yes i used an inflammatory word on purpose ) crying wolf and leaking stuff to the press. the press seems to think that freedom of speech means they should have access to everything that goes on behind closed doors. the press is not a congressional oversight committee so i have zero sympathy for government strongarming overzealous reporters trying to make a name. that being said, what has happened here is a silly waste of taxpayer money. 5 years ago and unclassified. please obama, get a clue. reign in your stormtroopers and drones before the wired offices turn into #yetanotheroccupy.

        1. I find it extremely disturbing that in our attempt to protect this nation and guarantee its proper place as a super power, some unscrupulous individuals are continuing to release our national secrets vital to the nation’s security,. I strongly recommend that tougher measures should be put in place to curb such incidences from happening. We need proper checks in place as well as sanctions to deal with this matter. No go should leak secret information and go unpunished.

          Agreed. Wired knows exactly what most of their readers drool over, which lately seems to be the bashing of the United States military – the very military that gives them the freedom to bash. I would submit that without intimate knowledge of the inner-workings of the military and their motives, releasing any information that could disclose secrets meant to keep the public safe (although those secrets may SEEM comical or even laughable on the surface), is not only poor and opportunistic journalism, but malicious intent veiled as “the right to know (because I said you have a right to know)”

  2. This administration is setting such a nice thuggish example for the whole government.

    1. And government sets the example for the rest of us.

      Our government is the potent, the omnipresent teacher. For good or ill it teaches the whole people by its example.

      1. Brandeis was only partially right. It teaches those who look to it for guidance. For others, who do not look to it for guidance, it teaches nothing but loathing for it.

  3. Worst. Episode. Ever.

    1. That’s the one where they kill off Illya Kuryakin, right? Terrible show. Summer School dude will always have a special place in my heart, but he needs another comedy.

  4. I want one. For entertainment purposes only, of course..

  5. Krayowski?

    1. That’s how Doherty hazes the newbies.

  6. The applications are unlimited.

  7. On the cool weapons front, I saw an article about how a bunch of front-line troops basically replicated Jesse Ventura’s minigun from Predator.…..05137.html

    Ah, I see that they used a standard-issue M240.

    “Every time someone sees it, they want to get their hands on one,” said John Harlow, information officer for Natick.”

    Well, duh.

    1. I would imagine most weapon wants from soldiers come from video games. “Hey, a mini-nuke–I could use that.”

  8. the bill … exempts from reprisal most senior White House and administration officials ? and, of course, members of Congress

    Because all those people would get punishments *worse* than “reprisal”, right? Right?

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