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From 1989 to 2019 — for 30 years — the author, himself a former CIA spy and Marine Corps intelligence officer as well as the senior civilian responsible for creating the Marine Corps Intelligence Activity (MCIA), has sought to reform U.S. Intelligence.
The secret world costs the U.S. taxpayer over $100 billion a year, and yet, according to General Tony Zinni, USMC (then Commanding General of the U.S. Central Command engaged in two wars and twelve joint task for actions) provides “at best” 4% of what a major commander needs (to which one can add, and nothing for everyone else.
I know from direct experience that we process 1% of what we collect which is 1% of what is published which is 1% of what is written which is 1% of what is known. The reality is that decisions are made every day at every level that are bought and paid for, not based on evidence, and not in the public interest.
This book of readings provides all that is required to reform U.S. intelligence so that it might honor the Constitution and serve the President, the Cabinet, the Congress, and the public.
There is both evolution and repetition from one piece to the next. Highlights include the 1989 call for reform by the Commandant of the Marine Corps (ghost-written by the author); 1993 talking points delivered to the Director of Central Intelligence; a 2004 standing room only lecture to the Department of State; a 2007 standing room only lecture to Amazon; a 2009 briefing to the Undersecretary of Defense for Intelligence; the 2013 seminal chapter on the evolving craft of intelligence leaving behind secret war and strategic secret analysis to focus on creating Smart Nations full of citizen intelligence minutemen; a 2014 indictment of defense intelligence hand-delivered to the home of the Secretary of Defense; and the 2017 Memorandum for the President of the United States of America.
Everything in this book of readings is common sense, and in the public interest. The fact that these ideas have been censored, marginalized, and actively repressed for 30 years tells us all we need to know about the relationship of the US secret intelligence community to the Deep State.
President Donald Trump appears to understand that radical change is required. The author — and his NSA counterpart William Binney — have stated publicly that we should be moving toward a reduction of the secret intelligence budget by up to 70%; consolidation of the surviving pieces in a restored Central Intelligence Agency (abolishing the Office of the Director of National Intelligence); and the creation of an Open Source Agency to serve as “the President’s Own” decision-support element with the added advantage that its findings are never secret and can always be shared with Congress and the public.
We do not lack for intelligence in the United States of America. We lack for integrity.
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