Saturday, July 10, 2004

Just what is Tom RIdge doing?

Does it make sense to tell your enemies, you know the ones supposedly trying to kill us, that they have leaks in their security and that we know they are up to something and that we are going to find out what? Is it smart to alert these enemies to the fact that we are beefing up security as a result? Seems to me that giving them these "little clues" is about the dumbest thing you would want to do.
I only spent 8 years in military intelligence but I did learn a few things. A cardinal rule is not to compromise your sources or reveal how good or bad your success is at gathering intelligence. If your target knows your successful then they will change methods if they don't know if you are successful they will stay with their compromised methods a little longer.

David Sirota has a good question.
Osama bin Laden and his chief lieutenants, operating from hideouts suspected to be along the Afghanistan-Pakistan border, are directing a Qaeda effort to launch an attack in the United States sometime this year. - NY Times, 7/9/04
QUESTION: If this is the case, and we face an imminent threat of a terrorist attack in America, why do we have 140,000 troops in Iraq, and just 13,500 troops in Afghanistan? "

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