Much has been made (in recent months) of "slips" in national intelligenc, mostly from our friends on the left. That is what makes this story hysterical. According to this interview, John Fund from the Wall Street Journal reports that Senator Harry Reid made a stunning revelation on TV last week. He reported the demise of one Osama bin Laden! Yes readers, Senator Reid announced to the world that Osama bin Laden died in the Pakistan earthquake. Now I, for one, would be very happy if this were indeed the case, but one has to wonder just where Sen. Reid got that information. After all, this has not been reported in any of the major news outlets and let's face it, the death of the world's most wanted man, would be headline news for days! IF (and this is a big if readers) bin Laden is dead, the only place that Senator Reid would have heard that would have been through confidential (Pentagon most likely) sources. IF bin Laden is dead, why would we not trumpet it from the towers? Several reasons, first and foremost is that this has probably not been confirmed. Why does confirmation matter? Mr. Fund himself said it best when he said "...if it's not true, and Harry Reid goes and claims it, what are the terrorists going to do? That undermines U.S. credibility. They laugh at us. We become the laughing stock of the Arab world, because our officials keep fatasizing about terrorists dying, when they're not. "
Now many people are asking "wouldn't this be considered treason?" The short and sweet answer is not really. While what Senator Reid fits the dictionary defination of treason (a treachery or betrayal of trust) it does not fit the governmental defination that gets you thrown into the penitentiary at Fort Leavenworth Kansas. What this would and should do is to get Senator Reid's security clearance revoked. Considering that Senator Reid felt so strongly about security (when it came to pre-war intelligence) that he was "forced" to send the Senate into a closed session, I find it stunningly stupid of him to have done this.