Obama Signs ‘Mother May I’ Order Green Lighting CIA Operations In Libya
It’s like watching a tennis match. Will he? Won’t he? Well, it looks like he already did.
It was revealed today that Barack Obama has secretly sent the CIA in to Libya.
The Daily Mail reported:
Barack Obama has secretly sent the CIA in to Libya, it was revealed today.
The President has signed a secret order authorizing covert U.S. government support for rebel forces seeking to oust Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi.
The revelation comes as Obama and allies talked openly of arming the rebels who, despite the UN-backed no-fly zone, are on the verge of being overrun by Gaddafi’s superior military force.
It is not clear what covert operations the CIA will carry out in Libya. The White House and the agency have refused to confirm it will take a role in the revolution, and Obama has insisted the U.S. will not attempt regime change in the country, but will merely support the rebels in their battle.
Government officials revealed the President has given the CIA the green light to help the rebels in what is known as a presidential ‘finding’, or a ‘Mother may I’ order.
Obama signed the order within the last two or three weeks, four U.S. government sources told Reuters.
What is a ‘Mother May I’ order?
People familiar with U.S. intelligence procedures said that Presidential covert action ‘findings’ are normally crafted to provide broad authorization for a range of potential U.S. government actions to support a particular covert objective.
In order for specific operations to be carried out under the provisions of such a broad authorization — for example the delivery of cash or weapons to anti-Gaddafi forces — the White House also would have to give additional ‘permission’ allowing such activities to proceed.
Former officials say these follow-up authorizations are known in the intelligence world as ‘Mother may I’ findings.