By John Solomon
How the government's punishing of the exposure of official wrongdoing can linger for years
Independent voices from the TWT Communities
Just miles from New York City’s hallowed Ground Zero, an Internet server in New Jersey hosts a Jihadist leader’s website that instructs supporters of al-Qaida to use explosive devices against western civilians, along with blueprints showing how to build the bombs.
Already facing intense scrutiny for its shifting narrative about the assault on the U.S. Consulate in Libya, the Pentagon now says it will not reclassify the Fort Hood shootings as a terrorist attack over concern about biasing the case against the gunman — an argument that is getting a mixed review from legal specialists.
Army Private First Class Bradley E. Manning, a low-level military intelligence analyst accused of downloading three massive databases of secret U.S. documents while serving in Iraq, exploited information-sharing tools put in place after the September 11 attacks in what has become the largest leak of classified data in U.S. history.
"When (the FBI) gives you the line that 'we are just leaving (the website) open to investigate the users, we sometimes question their reasoning," said Addicott, who has advised the FBI on terror-related legal issues. "It’s probably because they just don’t have the manpower to get the work done."
"There are literally thousands of open cases out there because there’s always a Monday morning quarterback waiting to put the blame on someone," he added.