I have been a little out of the loop the past couple weeks and have found it hard to get back on that blogging bicycle (Seenos has done great work keeping our site current). So this evening I decided to go to the well for a little inspiration and found this exchange from Tuesday's WH Press Briefing. Oh how I'm going to miss "Simple Scottie".
Q Scott, you're talking about these stories that Helen raised, and the possible damage to national security. It's been several months since both of those were released. Is there any evidence that national security has been damaged by either of those stories?
MR. McCLELLAN: You're talking about the terrorist surveillance program? Absolutely. It shows the enemy our play book, Peter, and that is -- when we are engaged in a war on terrorism --
Q Beyond the general concept that it shows the enemy our play book, is there any specific --
MR. McCLELLAN: We're facing a different kind of enemy. And General Hayden has talked about how it has been harmful to our national security.
Q -- anything that happened, specifically, that you can point to and say that happened because of this, or didn't happen because of this?
MR. McCLELLAN: I think there are two issues you're talking about. And people have talked about how it has been harmful to our nation's security --
Q How? Can you point to any specific --
MR. McCLELLAN: Because it's showing the enemy our play book. And what happens, when the enemy sees our play book, the enemy adjusts and adapts. This is a different kind of war we're engaged in, against a very dangerous, determined and lethal enemy. And for people to leak information that shows them our play book is a serious matter --
Q Is there any evidence that they have --
MR. McCLELLAN: -- and we take it very seriously. And our law enforcement officials are the ones that enforce the laws on the books.
Q Is there anything that shows us that they have, in fact, adapted or changed as a result of --
MR. McCLELLAN: I think General Hayden has talked about it, Peter. He's our Deputy Director of National Intelligence, and I would encourage you to go back and look -- he has talked about how this has been harmful.
So Scottie what "specifically" do you not understand about the term "specifically". A simple "no" could have saved us all a lot of time, or are you just trying bank some extra on-camera time before you leave to spend more time with your family?