Can These People Ever Just Shut Up?

I guess “spiking the football” is contagious

In a rare glimpse into cyberwarfare tactics, a top U.S. official has explicitly acknowledged that the U.S. government hacked into websites run by al-Qaida’s affiliate in Yemen, changing advertisements that boasted about killing Americans into advertisements that underscored the deaths of Muslim civilians in al-Qaida terror attacks.

During her keynote speech at the Special Operations Command gala dinner in Tampa, Fla., on Wednesday night, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said that State Department specialists attacked sites tied to al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) that were trying to recruit new members by “bragging about killing Americans.”

“Within 48 hours, our team plastered the same sites with altered versions of the ads that showed the toll al-Qaida attacks have taken on the Yemeni people,” Clinton said. “We can tell our efforts are starting to have an impact because extremists are publicly venting their frustration and asking supporters not to believe everything they read on the internet.”

Next we’ll hear about how Michele Obama’s Task Force hacked McDonald’s website with images of fruits and vegetables.

Seriously, though, is there no one in our Government who can resist the urge to blab about things we are doing?

2 Responses to “Can These People Ever Just Shut Up?”

  1. Gary from Jersey says:

    There’s something sociopathic about people who brag about what should have been classified information (Saudi mole, anyone?). I can’t believe this administration is that stupid.

  2. JeffS says:

    It’s practically a mandate these days in the Federal government. One metric of “success” at my agency is the count of how many press releases are issued.

    Oddly, though, those press releases never contain apologies or mea culpas for the multitude of screw ups that I know we commit daily.

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