A Note on the Role of Intelligence
In light of Part I, which focused on the construct of our intelligence apparatus and the ill-effects of the Compartmentalized Security Clearance process, I want to emphasize my strong support for the role of the CIA and FBI in America. While some, such as President John F. Kennedy, desired to eliminate the CIA, intelligence organizations are regenerative and self-sustaining. Seeking to eliminate the service is a fool’s errand. Instead, as the nation’s best and brightest, each devoted to the cause of America; the role of the intelligence community, in my humble opinion, ought to be to create a more perfect Union, and to secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, as is described in the Preamble of our Constitution. As guardians of democracy, our intelligence community has explicitly chosen to confront their fear of death by committing to a cause greater than themselves. To that end, they, the members of our intelligence community, can be trusted as the discerning eye to review classified operations, ensuring compliance within Constitutional bounds, a necessary precaution to preserving Liberty, and a process which can replace the compartmentalized security system that may be used to undermine liberty in America.
If we are to reference pop culture for comparative purposes of understanding, let us consider “Lost: Season 2”, which features two tribes, one of which is centered on individual liberty, trust and broad disclosure versus another based upon fear and security. The former thrived while the latter flagged. As Benjamin Franklin once said, “Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.” Indeed, if we focus our aims on the security and preservation of Liberty herself, we will also secure our future and our children’s future. While we may know this to be true, it is not enough to know of the importance of liberty; as Einstein once said, “…the point is to understand.” In understanding, we might act accordingly to preserve America.
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