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Obama Authorizes Covert Support for Libyan Rebels, Only It’s Not So Covert

Evidently, there is yet another thing that the Obama administration stinks at: keeping things secret.

(Reuters) – President Barack Obama has signed a secret order authorizing covert U.S. government support for rebel forces seeking to oust Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, government officials told Reuters on Wednesday.

Obama signed the order, known as a presidential “finding”, within the last two or three weeks, according to four U.S. government sources familiar with the matter.

Such findings are a principal form of presidential directive used to authorize secret operations by the Central Intelligence Agency. The CIA and the White House declined immediate comment.

News that Obama had given the authorization surfaced as the President and other U.S. and allied officials spoke openly about the possibility of sending arms supplies to Gaddafi’s opponents, who are fighting better-equipped government forces.

Dan McLaughlin sums up the not-so-secret secret best:

Unlike his State Senate papers & college transcript, Obama’s unable to keep actual national security secrets a secret.http://bit.ly/eny4rg 25 minutes ago via web – baseballcrank

 

 

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Posted on March 30 2011 4:33 pm by Lori Ziganto
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