Sometimes transparency will get you dead.
If you had an arch enemy that was working feverishly to locate and kill you, would you publish your travel schedule, security strengths and weaknesses … down to the hour of the night you will be sleeping and the closest window?
Press accounts like this make me want to throw up.
Every al Qaeda operative (big fish or little fish) in the Arabian Peninsula that said anything on the phone about this attack is going to think they were overheard. As such, they are ALL going to be more careful next time.
Excerpt: “About four months before the attempted bombing on December 25, the NSA intercepted telephone conversations in which the leaders of al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula talked about the possibility of using an unidentified "Nigerian" bomber in an attack, according to intelligence officials.”
Consequences: Bad guys improve their tradecraft. US intelligence loses signal – going deaf is a bad thing. Net net, the likelihood of bad things happening in future, without detection, increases.
Well this is just [expletive ending in ‘ing’ omitted] great news … for the enemy!
I am a big fan of transparency, but when it is details from our play book … we are going to have to have some better judgment.