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Pete Hoekstra: Putting the twit in Twitter

by: kelster

Sat Feb 07, 2009 at 06:26:18 AM EST


("Clear Skies," "Healthy Forests" and Pete Hoekstra as the ranking member of the "Intelligence" Committee... - promoted by PerfectStormer)

CQ Politics is reporting that Michigan's own West Coaster Pete Hoekstra (intel guy!) Twittered details of a supposed-to-be-secret Congressional visit to Iraq.

"Just landed in Baghdad," messaged Hoekstra, a former chairman of the Intelligence panel and now the ranking member, who is routinely entrusted to keep some of the nation's most closely guarded secrets.

Before the delegation left Washington, they were advised to keep the trip to themselves for security reasons. A few media outlets, including Congressional Quarterly, learned about it, but agreed not to disclose anything until the delegation had left Iraq.

Nobody expected, though, that a lawmaker with such an extensive national security background would be the first to break the silence. And in such a big way.

Apparently, Mr. Hoekstra not only Twittered about trip itself, but he also provided real-time updates on the delegation's itinerary.

I somehow doubt that Hoekstra will get a chewing-out from his fellow Intel Guy Mike Rogers (MI-08)for this display of idiocy... much less face any penalties for a pretty severe security breach.  So far, the delegation is safe -- guess this means that al-Qaeda in Iraq isn't follwing Hoekstra on Twitter...

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