Andrew McCarthy: Obama's Plan to Predict Future Leakers 'Overkill'

Wednesday, 10 Jul 2013 07:07 PM

By Bill Hoffmann

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Former federal prosecutor Andrew McCarthy said he is doubtful President Barack Obama's plan to root out potential leakers of classified government information can be effective.

"It's not such a bad thing that you would have federal employees looking over each other's shoulders with respect to national security information," McCarthy told "The Steve Malzberg Show" on Newsmax TV.

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"The problem comes in when you have a federal government that doesn't just do what the general government was meant to do, but does everything and therefore everyone is suspect.

"And what they're now worrying about is not just national defense information, but run of the mill stuff which should in no way be classified."

This week, Obama ordered federal employees to report suspicious actions of their colleagues based on behavioral profiling techniques.

Those employees who fail to report suspicious actions could face penalties themselves under the president's plan.

But McCarthy — former assistant U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York and author of the bestseller "Spring Fever: The Illusion of Islamic Democracy" — said the government is too big for that edict to work properly.

"The military has always had an honor code. They’re supposed to report each other for misconduct," he said.

"On the other hand, if you’re at the Department of Agriculture and it’s the clerk who’s in charge of the tomatoes division and he’s getting told that he ought to be checking out the guy at the peas division, that’s where it becomes overkill and that’s a problem of the government being too big, more than anything else."

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