Tuesday, April 25, 2006

Selling Out the Security of Our Nation

I spent 2 decades as an intelligence officer. I have never seen anything remotely close to this present trend of intelligence personnel deliberately leaking/blabbing secrets to the press.

To you sonofabitches who are leaking our national security information, KNOW THIS:

You aren't fit to be in the United States Intelligence Community and you aren't fit to enjoy the freedoms of this country. Your days of freedom are numbered. You are going to be brought to justice. The ongoing investigation of unauthorized disclosures at the CIA is just the tip of the iceberg. Each agency in the US Intelligence Community has been charged with rooting you out.

For those of you who are EVEN thinking about following in the footsteps of the despicable people who disgrace the US Intelligence Community and endanger this country, I want you to think again and think really hard.

The American people will have no sympathy for you. The media might give you your 15 minutes of fame, but beyond that the media ain't got a vote. Your butt-buddy reporter won't be able to help you.

The fine men and women of the USIC who bust their asses day in and day out, 24/7/365, doing their best to help protect us... well, they definitely won't have any sympathy for you for obvious reasons.

We The People are sick and tired of our national security being put at risk by our fellow Americans. We're demanding that our elected leaders take action. A few months ago, a fire was lit under some asses in the White House, the Senate and the House. They are feeling the heat and that's why you leakers (criminals) are starting to feel the heat.

Former and retired members of the USIC can help educate the public. We can get on our soapboxes -- big boxes and small boxes (like this one) -- to get the word out that there is never a good reason for unauthorized disclosure of classified national security information. We need to let the American people know in the plainest words possible that there are procedures in place for intelligence personnel to air their concerns without violating the law and without endangering national security. Going to The Washington Post or The New York Times is not among those procedures.

If an intelligence officer/agent/analyst believes it is necessary to raise an issue, he can go to his boss. If that doesn't work, he can go to his boss's boss and on up the chain. If that doesn't work, he can go to the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence and/or the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence. Both committees are made up of Republicans AND Democrats. In other words, he'll find someone to listen ... and he will not be breaking the law or compromising national security.

The United States Intelligence Community is made up of 15 agencies:

- Army Intelligence
- Navy Intelligence
- Marine Corps Intelligence
- Air Force Intelligence
- United States Coast Guard
- Central Intelligence Agency
- Defense Intelligence Agency
- Department of Homeland Security
- Energy Department
- Federal Bureau of Investigation
- National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency
- National Reconnaissance Office
- National Security Agency
- State Department
- Treasury Department

The Director of National Intelligence (DNI) is the President's principal advisor for national security intelligence matters and he is the leader/manager of the United States Intelligence Community.

Who is the big boss of all this?

The President of the United States (through his National Security Council)

Who has oversight?

The United States Congress --- specifically:

the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence


the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence

The vast majority of people in the US Intelligence Community are great guys. They work hard to protect us. What they do is very serious business. The USIC is not the Social Security Administration or the Department of Agriculture. That's not a knock on those or other agencies. It's just to say that when mistakes are made in government agencies outside the USIC, the result is usually not disastrous for the nation. It is an unhappy fact that mistakes made by the USIC agencies are, inevitably, paid for in blood.

When USIC people "leak" (the legal and proper term is "disclose without authorization") classified information to the press, they are not making a mistake -- they are very deliberately selling us down the river. They are not only breaking the law; by giving away our nation's secrets, they are endangering our lives. Ultimately, we will pay for their treachery with our blood.

We are at war with ruthless enemies who want to bend us to their will. If our enemies think that slaughtering several million of us will help their cause, they will not hesitate to try. They are savages. Call 'em whatever else you want, but never forget the savagery they have demonstrated time and time again.

Our grandchildren will probably be fighting this war. It's not going away anytime soon. We will be hit again. It's going to happen as surely as the sun rises in the East and sets in the West.

We can't have people in our Intelligence Community making it easier for the savages to kill us.

Giving away our secrets has got to stop. The ones doing it must be caught, prosecuted, and punished -- severely. To the maximum extent of the law.


Unauthorized Disclosure
Able Danger: Tony Shaffer Talks...and talks and talks and talks
Slaughter Of The Innocents


Another way of looking at this:

Imagine that 5 years ago a terrible crime was committed against your family. It has haunted you ever since. If you stop too long to think about it, it tears you to pieces. You doubt you will ever get over it. You still grieve. You'll always grieve for her.

After you lost her, you were determined that nothing like that would happen to your family again. You did everything that you knew to do to protect your home and family. You did more than most people do.

When you had your home security system installed, you could barely afford it, but you felt strongly that you couldn't afford not to have it. A friend was there with you as the workers from the security company installed the various sensors and alarms. You confided in him that you weren't sure you could trust these men or anyone else; and he reassured you that you could and should trust these men and their company. He told you about the time when he worked with them...that he trusted them then -- he trusted them with his life -- and that he had no reason not to trust them now.

In addition to your home security system, you raised and trained two German Shepherds whose bloodlines were traced to the best security dogs in the world. You armed yourself with a shotgun, a rifle and several pistols. You made sure you knew how to use them. You and your spouse practiced firing your weapons at least once a week. You had the local police, fire and medical numbers on speed dial on your landline phones as well as your cellphones. You practiced "what if" scenarios. You had a safe room in your house....

Yet now, you wonder if any of that really mattered.

Two weeks ago, your house was burglarized. You and your children were away on vacation. You didn't learn about the burglary from the security company or the local police. You learned about it when you entered your house and reached to disarm the security system only to notice that it was already disarmed -- completely. Even the backup wireless system. Your electricity was off. Your landline phones had been disabled. Your two German Shepherds lay dead in the yard. Your house a wreck. Everything of any value gone.

Today, you learned from the police that they had charged two suspects with the burgalry of your home. That was the good news. The bad news was that police interrogation revealed that the suspects were aided by an employee of your security company -- a disgruntled employee who leaked the details of your security setup to a reporter for your local paper and the paper published the information ... on the internet. It was the same paper that, 5 years ago, covered the ghastly crime against your family -- the rape and murder of your daughter.

Can you imagine how you would feel? what you would want done? what you might want to do to those responsible?

It may not be the best of analogies, but I think it adds perspective.