Yale The Politic: The Intelligence Gathering Conundrum + Toxic Secrecy RECAP

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The Politic

Introducing The Yale Undergraduate Journal of Politics

The Intelligence Gathering Conundrum

As distrust of the U.S. abounds, reliable intelligence is more difficult to procure.

By Zachary Mohriing

“Snowden and Manning fucked us. Who would want to work with us?” asked one former CIA officer.  Edward Snowden and Bradley Manning, he told The Politic, not only leaked a record number of classified intelligence documents, but damaged America’s credibility on the world stage.  And with revelation after sullying revelation of each American snooping scandal, the world grows increasingly weary of U.S. involvement in the global arena.

Intelligence gathering from local sources is often the only feasible way of managing the diverse threats the U.S. faces.  But as distrust of the United States abounds, reliable intelligence is more difficult to procure — even as it becomes more essential in places like Afghanistan.

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Robert David STEELE Vivas
Robert David STEELE Vivas

ROBERT STEELE: Yale is conflicted. It has a deeply embedded sense of ethics stemming from its missionary roots. Yale was created in part to educate new generations of missionaries who were both knowledgeable and ethical. Sadly, since at least the end of the Cold War, Yale has also been a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Wall Street elite and their primary mechanism for subverting democracy at home and abroad, the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). At both the strategic (grand wurlitzer control of media) and tactical (mind-control experiments on individuals) levels, Yale has been central to the CIA's operations in the arena of unethical psycho-social operations.  Today Yale is taking DoD money for the latest in mind-control experimentaton. The journal shows promise but lacks depth — its budding entrepreneurial journalists have not yet learned the “rule of three” and tend to accept too much at face value — particularly so when their source is both a Yale graduate and a “soldier” in good standing within the ranks of the declining Empire. Here are a few competing facts in relation to the above article:

01 Snowden's motivations are still not known.  It remains highly possible that he was a Chinese covert action pawn intended to gut Obama on cyber issues immediately before Obama's meeting with Xi.

02 As with Manning, the primary effect of Snowden's leaks was not to undermine US intelligence (an expensive paper tiger at best) but rather to reveal persistent crimes against humanity in violation of all applicable national and international laws.

03 US “intelligence” is broken beyond repair.  While some truly excellent capabilities exist, they comprise less than 5% of the total budget and provide — as General Tony Zinni, USMC (then CINCCENT) has stated, “at best” 4% of what he needed — to which I would add “and nothing for everyone else.” 95% of what is needed to create ethical, evidence-based decision support is not secret (nor is it online or in English), and that is the 95% that the US “intelligence” community refuses to collect, process, or analyze.

04 The focus on Afghanistan is interesting. For twelve years we have failed in Afghanistan, in large part because we insisted on promoting Hamid Karzai as a puppet (shades of Diem, he was not the first choice of the first Loya Jirga) and then stood idly by while his brothers became drug lords and he ran circles around our diplomats and generals, all on short tours and all lacking the non-negotiable foundation for being effective, intelligence (decision-support) with integrity (coherence). As General McCrystal has himself observed, our policy approaches to Afghanistan have been “frighteningly simplistic.”

05 The primary use of secrecy within US intelligence is to “keep the money moving” by avoiding oversight and accountability.  This was the primary thrust of multiple testimonials to Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan (D-NY) RIP Commission on Secrecy. No one holds the secret world accountable for decision-support because its primary purpose is not to support decisions (those are based on who pays to be heard and which element of the 1% will profit) but rather to produce pork for the best of the servant class, the Members of Congress that have betrayed the public trust and betrayed their Oaths of office in favor of those who enrich them for doing so.

06 The rest of the world does not trust the USA because it cannot keep a secret. The rest of the world does not trust the USA because it has legitimate grievances against unilateral militarism, predatory capitalism, and virtual colonialism. From its high point with the Marshall Plan, the moral and intellectual authority of the USA has collapsed.  The assassination and cover-up of the assassination of JFK are the precise point at which the US Government ceased to represent the public and instead became a wholly-owned front for Wall Street and the City of London while elements of the US Government — the CIA, the FBI, and elements of the US Army — could commit treason with impunity.

07 Here is the real intelligence conundrum: do you want a government that makes decisions based on ethical evidence-based decision-support? Do you want to live in a Smart Nation in which true costs are understood, the interests of future generations protected, and stewardship of the commons on behalf of all accepted as a sacred duty? If your answer is no, you have the government you deserve.  If your answer is yes, now you have a conundrum.

Today our Constitution is dishonored; our Republic fragmented; our government ineffective and unrepresentative; and our political system a two-party tyranny blocking ballot access — excluding Independents and the other six accredited national political parties (Constitution, Green, Libertarian, Natural Law, Reform, Socialist).  Can any of us claim to be “intelligent” while passively accepting this state of affairs?

See Also:

2006 Forbes Blank Slate On Intelligence

2006 Open Source Intelligence (Strategic) 2.0

2008: Creating a Smart Nation (Full Text Online for Google Translate)

2008 Legitimate Grievances (Foreign vs USA) ELECTION 2008 – Lipstick on the Pig (Full Text Online for Google Translate)

2008 Legitimate Grievances (US Citizens versus US Government) ELECTION 2008 – Lipstick on the Pig (Full Text Online for Google Translate)

2008 Rebalancing the Instruments of National Power (Full Text Online for Google Translate)

2008 The Substance of Governance

2009 Intelligence for the President–AND Everyone Else

2009 Fixing the White House & National Intelligence

2009 Perhaps We Should Have Shouted: A Twenty-Year Retrospective

2009 Robert Steele: Politics & Intelligence–Partners Only When Integrity is Central to Both

2010 Robert Steele: Reflections on Integrity UPDATED + Integrity RECAP

2010 The Ultimate Hack Re-Inventing Intelligence to Re-Engineer Earth (As Published)

2012 Reality Sandwich: How I Tested the Boundaries of the Two-Party Tyranny – Last Call for Occupy/*

2013  Intelligence with Integrity Chapter 1: Public Governance & Public Intelligence

2013 Public Governance in the 21st Century: New Rules, Hybrid Forms, One Constant – The Public [Work in Progress]

2013 Robert Steele — Alternative Command & Control and Four Transformation Forcing Concepts

2013 Robert Steele in HighGainBlog on Open and Secret Intelligence

2013 Robert Steele: Reflections on Inspectors General

2013 Story Board: Peace & Prosperity Through Ethical Evidence-Based Decision-Support — Analytic Sources, Models, Tools, & Tradecraft 1957-2013 Add. 6 Aug 13

2013 The Evolving Craft of Intelligence [As Published]

Berto Jongman: If One Man Speaks Truth, What Prevents All Others from Hearing Him?

Berto Jongman: Mike Haydon on TV “Security and Transparency a Zero-Sum Game” — Robert Steele Comments

Berto Jongman: NSA Utah Suffers Ten Meltdowns — Cost Plus Gov Spec + NSA Meta-RECAP

Berto Jongman: NSA Whistleblower Thomas Drake Addresses European Parliament on the American Surveillance State + NSA Role in Global Assassination Program

Berto Jongman: SSCI Pre-Hearing Q&A — Superb Questions, Cloudy Answers — Robert Steele Answers 6 of 40 Questions Honestly + IC/CIA Health RECAP

Chuck Spinney: Robert Parry on CIA within CIA Coup Against Jimmy Carler

Daniel Ellsberg: On Secrecy & Whistleblowing with Comment by Robert Steele

David Isenberg: Secret Contracting – Totally Beyond the Reach of Inspectors-General

DefDog: Modern Leadership as Self-Deception & Public Lies

Eagle: Charles Hugh Smith on Bubble Economy – Starting with the Assassination of JFK

Graphic: Preconditions of Revolution in the USA Today

Graphic: Revolution Model Simplified

Henry Kissinger: “The illegal we do immediately; the unconstitutional takes a little longer.”

Jim Clapper: Do I Really Want to Be Here? + Robert Steele’s Simple Guide to Fixing National Intelligence + Intelligence Failure Meta-RECAP 2.0

John Steiner: From Sanity Central on NSA and the Surveillance State

Journal: Deep Insights into Failure of US Intelligence

Marcus Aurelius: Blurred Line Between Espionage and Truth – Prosecution of US Truth-Tellers Rampant + Secrecy RECAP

Marcus Aurelius: Rule One for Spies – Do Not Work Out of Embassies . . . Hmmmm


Mini-Me: $75 Billion a Year, and US IC Still Cuts and Pastes Without Updating Years’ Old Information

Mini-Me: Clinton, Bush, Obama, Gore, Cheney, Biden All Indictible and Impeachable — the NY Times Story Obscured by Boston Bombs — Meanwhile, FBI Director Past 10 Year Limit + False Flag RECAP

Mini-Me: JFK Assassination Cover-Up Unravels Further + RECAP

Mini-Me: Myths of US Government Shattered – JFK Assassination by USG Cabal Set to Unravel Along with 9/11 Related Lies and Cover-Ups

Mini-Me: Putting TS/SCI In Perspective – Need to Lose the Cement Overcoat of Excessive Classification and Excessive Corruption

Mini-Me: Vaclav Havel – Reflections on Dissent & Democracy

Mini-Me: Will De-Classified Watergate Archives Document CIA Orders to Murder US Citizens Including Jack Anderson, and CIA Break-Ins Within the USA?

Mongoose: 20130309 Added Transcripts for Mrs. Kay Griggs Interviews — “German Disease” Across USMC & US Army Special Operations + Treason RECAP

Mongoose: Bradley Manning – a Case Study in Government Misconduct, Government Ineptitude, and More Government Misconduct — Daniel Ellsberg Walked, Bradley Manning Probably Should As Well

Reference: 1996 Hill Testimony on Secrecy

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Reference: Arianna Huffington–Wikileaks About Trust in Government–Or Not

Reference: IC-Zilla Epitaph

Reference: John Brennan’s Opening Statement — Extreme Fluff + CIA Meta-RECAP

Reference: On WikiLeaks and Government Secrecy + RECAP on Secrecy as Fraud, Waste, & Abuse

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Review: A Power Governments Cannot Suppress

Review: Counterculture Through the Ages–From Abraham to Acid House

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Review: No More Secrets – Open Source Information and the Reshaping of U.S. Intelligence

Review: Open Source Intelligence in a Networked World

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Review: Secrecy–The American Experience

Review: Secrets–A Memoir of Vietnam and the Pentagon Papers

Review: The Fifty Year Wound–The True Price of America’s Cold War Victory

Review: The Health of Nations–Society and Law beyond the State

Review: The Power of the Powerless–Citizens Against the State in Central-Eastern Europe

Review: The Price of Inequality:How Today’s Divided Society Endangers Our Future

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Review: Unspeakable Truths–Facing the Challenges of Truth Commissions (Paperback)

Richard Wright: Jail Time for Over-Classification?

Rickard Falkvinge: NSA is Stasi Scaled Global + Naked NSA RECAP

Robert Steele: On the Record – 4% of the Force Takes 80% of the Casualties, Receives 1% of the Pentagon Budget

Robert Steele: Saving Obama, the USG, & the Republic — Proposal for the Electoral Reform Act of 2013 – and Ron Paul to the Supreme Court!

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Search: Seven CIAs [Steele on the Record]

SECRECY NEWS: Over-Classification & Whistleblowers

Steve Aftergood: Drake Classification Complaint Dismissed and Court Severely Critical of Executive Over-Classification, Arbitrary Classification, and Lack of Accountability for Same

Stephen Aftergood: Pentagon Dismisses Presidential Promises of Open Government, Mounts Major Campaign to Control UN-Classified Information

Susan Lindauer: IRAQ – The Legacy of Deception and Its Costs

Way of the Truth

Who Is Robert D. Steele?

Worth a Look: Book Reviews on Democracy Lost & Found

Worth a Look: Book Reviews on Intelligence (Most)

Worth a Look: Book Review Lists (Negative Status-Quo)

Worth a Look: Book Review Lists (Positive Future-Oriented)

Xi to Obama: This Is Me Being Inscrutable — LOL! + Snowden RECAP + US Cyber-Idiocy RECAP

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