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MidwestTransplant Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-23-11 12:46 PM
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Bachman leaked classified information or lied.
http://www.nationaljournal.com/fact-check-how-serious-is-the-threat-to-pakistan-s-nuclear-program--20111122

Bachmann serves on the House Intelligence Committee, so her comments on Pakistans nuclear program represent either a news-making leak of previously unknown classified information or another in her recent series of seemingly-random, and highly inaccurate, public comments. During the CNN debate, Bachmann said that 15 Pakistani nuclear sites were vulnerable to jihadist attacks, and that six of the sites had previously come under some form of Islamist attack. U.S. intelligence and military officials believe that Pakistan has 15 nuclear sites, but no U.S. official has publicly said that all of the sites were vulnerable to militant attack or confirmed that any of them had previously come under any form of jihadist attack.
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teddy51 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-23-11 12:50 PM
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1. Just how scary would it be to have her as President? That would
be the ultimate in fear.
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NeedleCast Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-23-11 12:52 PM
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2. Just To Play Devil's Advocate
previously unknown information /= classified information.
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unblock Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-23-11 01:37 PM
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4. spurious argument. obviously only a trial with a judge cleared to know the classified information
can truly and (reasonably) definitively make that determination.

the rest of us either don't have that classified information and so can't prove it, or do have that classified information and can neither confirm nor deny without (also) breaking the law.
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MidwestTransplant Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-23-11 02:06 PM
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5. If it was not reported in the media it was learned during a briefing
Edited on Wed Nov-23-11 02:06 PM by MidwestTransplant
she was given(assuming she didn't make it up but it's too specific for her rambling mind). The briefings she receives in private as part of her position are in fact classified at some level.
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unblock Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-23-11 02:27 PM
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6. most likely you're correct, but it's very hard to know definitely.
it's theoretically possible that someone in the know told her and it wasn't classified, just not widely publicized.
it's also possible that she was making the statement based on someone else's uninformed or disinformed "analysis".

the problem with classified information is that you can't just google it and verify, yup, that's classified....
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Blue Owl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-23-11 12:53 PM
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3. She'd fumble that nuclear football before it was even handed off
The crazy-ass lyin' bitch of the GOP is enough of a disaster reel already...
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