Dear Ambassador Bolton: Try reasoning out your support for illegal activities. If NSA had immersed itself in protecting U.S. Citizens instead of spying on U.S. Citizens, things would have been much different. If NSA had aggressively ferreted out our enemies, 911 would not have happened. If the bureaucrats had not been asleep at the switch, the Khobar Towers Bombing would have been foiled, the USS Cole would not have been attacked, the Boston Bombing would have been stopped and North Korea would not be a Nuclear Power today. If NSA had not been obsessed with tapping your phone along with the phones of every member of Congress, every Federal Judge, every CEO, every Governor and every News Reporter, thousands of Americans would be alive today. Osama bin Laden would have been found and the whole Afghanistan War could have been avoided. Tyrone Woods, Glen Doherty, Sean Smith and Ambassador Chris Stevens would not have been hung out to die and be drug through the streets of Benghazi.
No, NSA is a dismal failure from every perspective. If NSA Analysts can read newspapers they know that Iranian books have been found discarded along the well worn path leading from the hole in the fence. They know that there are at least 20,000 illegal aliens in the U.S. from Terrorist Countries like Yemen, Somalia, Iran, Cuba, Sudan, Libya, Syria and North Korea. Oops, the Obama Administration has removed North Korea and Libya from their list of State Sponsors of Terrorism and Somalia and Yemen are not on their list. Are you beginning to detect a problem? Anyway, NSA has no idea where these terrorist are. NSA is also in the dark about the whereabouts of the 20,000 shoulder launched surface to air missiles missing from Libya or the Suitcase Nukes missing from the old USSR. Houston, we have a problem!
If NSA can spy on anybody anytime, anyplace, anywhere, meaning they can spy on all branches of United States Government, state and national. They can also spy on corporate executives and learn about mergers and acquisitions long before anybody else. They can know where shopping centers are planned or when dividends will be announced. With that information, the 17 intelligence agencies become the fourth branch of government more powerful than the other three branches combined. Is that the America you want? Is that what our Founding Fathers wanted?
When Ambassador Bolton and many others declare that illegal spying on them makes them feel safer, what are they thinking? Our intelligence community can undermine our entire Judicial System. By Judge shopping, rouge Intelligence Agents can get permission to wiretap anybody including the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court or the Senate Majority Leader. Does this not scare the daylights out of you?
Can anybody tell me that clever Intelligence Agents are not getting rich with all this information? If they’re clever enough, they will get rich by leaking to relatives or friends. Once given such power, do you believe the 17 Intelligence Agencies will EVER kill the goose that lays the golden eggs?
If you know everything about everybody, you can blackmail everybody! If you believe the Holy Bible, as I do, you know that all have sinned and fallen short. All means every member of Congress, every Judge, every member of the President’s Cabinet and even the President.
Oh, and about those 20 million illegal aliens, not strictly legal immigrants, undocumented U.S. Citizens or whatever you call them, what are they up to?
There are thousands of Hispanics in the United States legally on Work Visas or Student Visas or some other legal documents, God bless them. I am a 100% supporter of legal immigration and legal participants in the American Dream. NSA has no idea where the Illegal’s are or what they are up to: human trafficking, illegal drug distribution, criminal activity or what? Maybe that’s not their job but neither is spying on law abiding citizens! We all know that at least half of the illegal’s are receiving some form of welfare.
I am not aware of any of these activities taking place when I was an Intelligence Analyst at NSA in 1964 and 1965. Before that I was an Analyst on the northern tip of Japan where I could see Russia from my dormitory window. Wakkanai was probably the closest U.S. facility to Russia so we were on high alert following the assassination of President Kennedy. I was sent outside the instillation to guard a transformer in four feet of snow. I am proud of my service and thankful that I was not ordered to do anything illegal because I would have declined. The government can take my money and my life but they can never take my integrity.
So what can I say to Ambassador John Bolton to convince him that trampling on the U.S. Constitution will NEVER make Americans safer? On the contrary, while the world is more dangerous than ever, Americans are more vulnerable than ever. Giving up freedom for security is a losing formula, always has been and always will be.