Security experts say WikiLeaks designation as Foreign Terrorist Organization unlikely, unneeded

Although New York Republican Rep. Peter King spoke adamantly and often Monday about designating WikiLeaks as a Foreign Terrorist Organization, defense experts who spoke to The Daily Caller said any such action is very unlikely.

King, the soon-to-be chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, went on several cable networks Monday and voiced his desire to classify WikiLeaks, the organization which has just unloaded another sizable stack of classified intelligence cables, as a terrorist organization like Hamas and al Qaida.

But that probably won’t happen.

“I appreciate the frustration but I’m not so sure that’s appropriate,” said James Carafano, a national security expert at the Heritage Foundation. “Don’t get me wrong. [WikiLeaks is] an enemy of the United States and they’ve acted irresponsible. But this is not what this list is designed for. This list was designed for people that are going out and intentionally, actively killing innocents.”

Carafano noted that only the State Department has the ability to officially designate FTOs and that there is an extensive set of criteria that must be met before doing so. If the titles and procedure below are any indication, the process for declaring a group a FTO is not a simple one, but rather a slow, bureaucratic slog:

The Office of the Coordinator for Counterterrorism in the State Department “prepares a detailed ‘administrative record’ …  demonstrating that the statutory criteria for designation have been satisfied. If the Secretary of State, in consultation with the Attorney General and the Secretary of the Treasury, decides to make the designation, Congress is notified of the Secretary’s intent to designate the organization and given seven days to review the designation, as the INA requires. Upon the expiration of the seven-day waiting period and in the absence of Congressional action to block the designation, notice of the designation is published in the Federal Register, at which point the designation takes effect. By law an organization designated as an FTO may seek judicial review of the designation in the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit not later than 30 days after the designation is published in the Federal Register.

And that was only half of the U.S. State Department’s “Designation” section of the classification process.

Michael Ledeen, freedom scholar at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, said the government has punished in the past and should continue to punish those who leak classified information, but that does not mean WikiLeaks should be designated a FTO.

“It’s a criminal act, you just prosecute the people,” he said. “There are plenty of ways to prosecute them.”

Ledeen also said it would save the U.S. government a lot of hassle if they simply published most of the cables in the first place, rather than classify them.

Carafano  said that the U.S. government already has plenty of tools to punish any Americans involved in the leak and stressed that other countries have their own laws to deal with such violations as well.

“[Wikileaks] should be hounded to the ends of the earth. But you want to use the right tools,” said Carafano. “We have lots of different enemies and there’s a reason we have different tools to deal with them.”

“I don’t think in the macro sense [the new leaked cables] are going to do much harm to foreign relations,” he added.

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    This factor (THE WIKILEAKS EVENT) is very convenient for the current admisnistration – a pack of saboteours.

    The wikileaks factor could be something like,…uhh!!….PHASE THREE…just walk with me;

    There is a SABOTAGE AGENDA AGAINST OUR NATION….A MASTER PLAN TO PUT DOWN THIS NATION FIRST, for this is the stronger country that can give the good fight to prevent the massive globalist agenda…a nefarious and insidious very well plot plan for – ‘NEW WORLD ORDER STRUCTURE’.


    Attack on the economic structure…several steps and ‘projects’ for internal destabilization of the american free-enterprise capitalist system – and everyone knows what they did(and still trying to do), right?


    Weakening national security…unsecured borders, ignoring the reality of war against terrorism fueled in great scale by Islamic-muslim erratical jihaddist ideology…in addition to give american constitutionals rights to the enemy as well as omission of military procedures of interrogation practices and others correlated factors.


    Purposely and premeditated ingoring the ventilation of sensitive documents that further jeopardize national safety in so many levels (THE WIKILEAKS EVENTS)

    Reason?….simple Obama , Holder the entire Chicago mafia-style group is not interested in the security of this country , rather are working strongly for the destruction of this nation and anything and everything that could help to get the job done on that vector is well accepted by them.

    Bottom line, the current CHICAGO MAFIA-STYLE SUPRA-CORRUPTED POLITICAL MACHINERY NOW IN WASHIGTON (THE OBAMA GANG, AND ASSOCIATES ) are by definition on ideology and vectors of actions, enemies of the people, enemy of the state…by definition they are in TREASON!

    There, short and simple…take it or leave it.

    Input anyone?

    Opinions welcome.

    Daniel Cabrera

  • erick1740

    This is making obama look like more of a bungler than jimmy carter

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  • Stumpjumper

    terrorist? so anybody the feds disagree with is now a terrorist? YOU sir are working for the biggest terrorist group in the world.

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