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Rebuilding National Intelligence -- A 12-Step Plan

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The Obama Legacy -- with Intelligence and Integrity

If President Obama were to make Intelligence Reform -- ideally in combination with Electoral Reform[44] -- the centerpiece of his 2014 summer political campaign toward elections in November 2014, I know that the following are possible:

a) Ethical evidence-based foreign policy ending our support for dictators and oligarchs, stabilizing foreign publics and reducing hatred for American power while also reducing illegal immigration into America.

b) A sharply reduced defense budget (achieving the President's now ignored mandate to reduce that budget by 30%) while also creating a 450-ship Navy, a long-haul Air Force, and an air-mobile Army --closing all of our overseas bases especially in Germany, Japan, and Korea, is a major aspects of the cost reduction, along with an end to cost plus contracting that subsidizes massive corporate overhead, profiteering, and waste.

c) A revitalized domestic economy benefiting from the one hand on a national "Manhattan Project" toward open source everything -- not just in information technology but also across all of the engineering disciplines relevant to national agriculture, energy, health, justice, and water, to name just a few policy areas desperately in need of ethical evidence-based decision-support.

d) A revitalized society and polity in which transparency, truth, and trust make a come-back. I know how to do all this. What I do not have is access to the four US leaders most likely to benefit personally from getting intelligence with integrity back into our system of governance. St.

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Robert Steele is a former spy -- one of the first to chase terrorists in the 1980's -- who has become known for his global proponency of Open Source Everything (OSE). Raised abroad by a father born in New York and a mother born in Colombia, he spent four years on active duty as a Marine Corps infantry officer and S-1/Adjutant (personnel and security management), followed by sixteen years in the Reserve (as a Service-level military intelligence officer) after he joined the CIA's clandestine service (9 years including three back to back overseas tours and 3 headquarters tours in counterintelligence, advanced information technology, and satellite plans & programs). In 1988 he left CIA to accept a Marine Corps invitation to be the senior civilian creator of the Marine Corps Intelligence Activity (MCIA). In 1993 he resigned from the Marine Corps to create Open Source Solutions, Inc., going on to train over 7,500 mid-career officers across US defense intelligence, special operations, and the member nations of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and Partnership for Peace (PfP). He has testified to multiple Presidential and Congressional Commissions including the Moynihan Commission and the Aspin-Brown Commission, published nine books and many articles and chapters on intelligence reform, and generally been the single individual persisting in the view that the US Government should be devising strategy, policy, acquisition, and operations on the basis of ethical evidence-based decision-support. In 2012 he was a candidate for the Reform Party presidential nomination; his platform can still be viewed at We the People Reform Coalition. He is a member of Hackers on Planet Earth (HOPE) and of the Silicon Valley Hackers Conference founded by Stewart Brand. In passing he has become the #1 Amazon reviewer for non-fiction, reading in 98 categories. He curates Phi Beta Iota the Public Intelligence Blog with over 800 contributors going back to 1992. His motto is "the truth at any cost lowers all other costs."


[1] See two of my articles in CounterPunch: "Intelligence for the President--and Everyone Else: How Obama Can Create a Smart Nation and a Prosperous World at Peace" (Weekend Edition March 1-3, 2009); and "On Defense Intelligence: Seven Strikes: Why Secretary of Defense Hagel Must Choose the Next Director of the Defense Intelligence Agency" (July 02, 2014).

[2] Among the useful references on this point are Sterling and Peggy Seagrave, Gold Warriors: America's Secret Recovery of Yamashita's Gold (Verso, 2006), my review: Earth-Shattering, Faith-Shaking, Well-Documented Deceit; and Glen Yeadon, The Nazi Hydra in America: Suppressed History of a Century (Progressive Press, 2008), my review: Lacks Visualization and Genealogy, A Good Start.. For a startling insight into Nazi homosexuality and the subversion of selected senior officers in the US military, see Scott Lively and Kevin Abrams, The Pink Swastika: Homosexuality in the Nazi Party (Veritas Aeterna, 2002), my review: Please Appreciate the Difference -- Much Misunderstanding Here and see especially this post, Mongoose: 2012: What's the 'real' truth? Mrs. Kay Griggs Wife of USMC Col George Griggs Tell-All Interviews at Phi Beta Iota the Public Intelligence Blog.

[3] Cf. Harry Truman, "Limit CIA Role to Intelligence," Washington Post (22 December 1963), page A11.

[4] Cf. "Owl: Visualization of Drone Deaths--98% 'Collateral Damage,'" Phi Beta Iota the Public Intelligence Blog (29 March 2013).

[5] Cf. Amrit Singh, "Open Society Institute: Globalizing Torture: CIA Secret Detention and Extraordinary Rendition," Council on Foreign Relations (5 February 2013).

[6] (Ambassador) Max Palmer, Breaking the Real Axis of Evil: How to Oust the World's Last Dictators by 2025 (Rowman @ Littlefield, 2005), my review: Single Most Important Work of the Century for American Moral Diplomacy.

[7] My second book, THE NEW CRAFT OF INTELLIGENCE: Personal, Public, & Political -- Citizen's Action Handbook for Fighting Terrorism, Genocide, Disease, Toxic Bombs, & Corruption (OSS, 2002), placed emphasis on the illegal immigration pressures on the USA, Europe, and Russia (from China). Honest and fully explained unemployment statistics are provided at

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