#rsrh Wired, leaks, a WICKED COOL LASER BURNINATOR, and a lack of oversight.

Reading between the lines of this Wired article… oh, sorry, here’s the executive summary.  Somebody at the DoD wrote the grown-up equivalent of We Should Totally Have Laser Guns That We Can Shoot At The Bad Guys – complete with wicked cool drawings! – that the rest of us were doing when we were nine.  Somebody leaked the document – which I will henceforth refer to as the Laser BURNINATOR document to Wired, possibly in the hope that the resulting embarrassment might do more to prevent such things; and the document is just classified enough (“For Official Use Only”) that the government could make a little bit of a stink if they wanted to. And apparently they wanted to, and apparently Wired has decided not to indulge them.  This has led to a steady increase in government… well.  ‘Harassment’ is too strong a word, and ‘whining’ is too weak.

Anyway, reading between the lines: I suspect that nobody at the top of the administration particularly cares about the Laser BURNINATOR document, or in fact even knows about the Laser BURNINATOR.  What the administration does particularly care about is stopping leaks, and as near as I can tell they have given the agencies carte blanche to go out there and plug leaks wherever those leaks might be found.  Which in itself might not be all that much of a practical problem (the ethical questions are a matter for a different post), except that the Obama administration clearly doesn’t really feel the need to oversee any of this.  The President’s naive, childlike faith in the ability of anonymous bureaucrats to do their jobs without ever, ever mucking it all up is in full display here.  Makes you wonder what else is bubbling away down there…

Moe Lane

PS: If Wired had been writing this story about a Republican President in an election year, they would have found a way to drag in the opposition party somehow.  Their curious inability to do this to Obama goes a long way in explaining why Democrats slap around the media so often; it’s because they can.

Via Instapundit.


  • Jbird says:

    this is 2012, we totally should have lasers.

  • Phil Smith says:

    Moe, it won’t embarass anyone. First, they probably have no idea what you’re talking about. Second, if they do, they totally want to be burninating all the peoples and their thatched-roof cottages.

  • Doug Stewart says:

    I said CONSUMMATE V’S!

  • Spegen (Agent P) says:

    Burninator? You have been watching too much Phineas and Ferb again. Of course any inator will self destruct with the help of a semi aquatic egg laying mammal of action.

  • countrydoc says:

    Come now sir, I do protest. The WH is not interested in stopping ALL the leaks. Just the inconvenient ones.

  • Jbird says:

    I love Phineas & Ferb.

  • Apple says:

    Do be do be doo wah,
    Do be do be doo wah,
    Agent P!

    Just when I think this WH can’t get any more odd….

  • Murgatroyd says:

    The President’s naive, childlike faith in the ability of anonymous bureaucrats to do their jobs without ever, ever mucking it all up is in full display here. Makes you wonder what else is bubbling away down there…
    I don’t think it’s faith so much as a lack of understanding of what “responsibility” entails. He likes to give orders, but he doesn’t realize that even if he ignores a problem on his watch he’s still ultimately responsible for it. I can picture him in his little room watching ESPN and waving staffers away with “Don’t bother me! I’m busy!”

  • techsan says:

    I think the Prez is upset that most of the goofy pictures in the report are of crosshairs on Middle Eastern-looking people (albeit they are all holding guns, rocket launchers, etc.). That always gets in his craw for some reason. If those were all conservative-looking shooters, he might have released the report himself, perhaps with Janet’s help.

  • Rob Crawford says:

    Burninating predates P&F.

  • Doug Stewart says:

    It ain’t Phineas & Ferb, it’s TROOOOGDOOOOOOR.

    Original Strong Bad Email here.

    Retro-tastic game here.

  • BBK says:

    Wired is the last paper based mag that comes to house and will be the last since I will not renew. After their absolute blind eye approach to Obama’s roll in the Clean Tech Bust (Jan issue)I feel it is my duty to let them know I NOTICED.

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