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July 30, 2014

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Letter to the editor:

Sharing spy plans undermines spies

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Regarding reports that the Defense Department plans to expand its spy agency, our Pentagon people in Washington must be on some special medication, but I’ll try to be tolerant. We are letting the world know that the CIA is going to train an additional 1,600 spies for service overseas over the next few years.

That’s pretty sporting of the U.S. to share with our friends and enemies our intensions. I’m waiting to find out exactly where each one of the spies will be stationed and their names, of course.

It seems to me that in order to aid our spies and to make things more convenient for those with whom they will be in contact, we should also indicate specifically the type of intelligence we are seeking. This would make for a more open and cooperative relationship with those we care about and those we don’t give a hoot about.

Good going, Pentagon. Please let us know ASAP about the next secret weapon you are working on.

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  1. This new intel practice will preempt Generals' scandals so the rest of the world can learn our secrets.

    CarmineD

  2. Sorry Sam, you have your government agencies mixed up. The 1600 "spies" are in the DIA (Defense Intelligence Agency), part of the department of Defense and many are just data collectors. The DIA's new recruits would include military attaches and others who do not work undercover.

  3. "Sorry Sam, you have your government agencies mixed up. The 1600 "spies" are in the DIA (Defense Intelligence Agency), part of the department of Defense and many are just data collectors. The DIA's new recruits would include military attaches and others who do not work undercover." @ Jim Weber

    The fact that you, and others, know this intel info, is prima facies evidence of the letter writer's point. At one time, it would take secret or higher clearance to have privy to this information let alone put it in public print.

    CarmineD

  4. BChap, in the odl days we had a saying for what you desribe. "Loose lips sink ships."

    "Need to know basis" use to be the mantra. Wonder what ever happened to that intel principle?

    CarmineD

  5. Author: 1) Wrong agency. 2) Much ado about nothing.

    And get your facts straight before you publish. Plus, publish on subjects with which you have some familiarity. Defense-related in not in your wheelhouse, obviously.

  6. "Carmine, why ask me? Ask your government!!!" BChap

    It was a rhetorical question. The answer is self-evident. It no longer exists.

    CarmineD