From the Dictionary of True Meanings

National security — “my ass”. As in, when a politician says “the release of this information is hurtful to national security.” (Sometimes meant collectively, in the spirit of “do not do to your predecessor anything you would not want your successor doing to you”, the Pyrite Rule.)

Stress, insist, lament, deplore, criticize, condemn — various synonyms of “whine” or “whine about”, in a roughly increasing order of shrillness. “The government stresses these are isolated incidents, and deplores the gross breach of national security, insisting it was uncalled for.”

(Tangentially related to the Wikileaks leak and the governmental hissy fit resulting. See Guardian for more.)

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