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Rebuilding National Intelligence -- A 12-Step Plan

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[8] Personal knowledge confirmed over the years by multiple Congressional staff including a senior budget director.

[9] Cf. Google Search for nsa blackmailing politicians >.

[10] Cf. Google Search for nsa insider trading >.

[11] I am among several who were found eligible and referred for this position many months ago. In my personal view, the failure to fill this position is both an indictment of USD(I) and an indicator of the culture of impunity represented by the current USD(I) approach to intelligence as a money channel instead of a professional service.

[12] Cf. John M. Barry, The Ambition and the Power: The Fall of Jim Wright: A True Story of Washington (Viking Adult, 1989), my review: Classic Detailed Study of Both Corruption and Abusive Power; and Theresa Amato, Grand Illusion: The Myth of Voter Choice in a Two-Party Tyranny (New Press, 2009), my review: Final Detailed Review: Our Bunker Hill. Add to that Lou Dobse and Jake Bernstein, Vice: Dick Cheney and the Hijacking of the American Presidency(Pimlico; Aiorport, 2006); my review: 23 Documented High Crimes That Should Put Cheney in Irons Immediately and you have nothing less than a total collapse of democracy in the USA -- we are slaves -- expendable slaves -- nothing more.

[13] My nine books are free online as well as for sale at Amazon: Books By and With Robert Steele; see also Articles and Briefings as well as two online linked lists, one for my reform publications, another for selected other authors on intelligence reform

[14] Nafeez Ahmed, "The open source revolution is coming and it will conquer the 1% -- ex CIA spy," The Guardian (19 June 2014).

[15] As described in "Intelligence in the 1990"-s -- Six Challenges," (American Intelligence Journal, Summer 1990). The graphic was created in 2013 for my work in progress, INTELLIGENCE with INTEGRITY: Enabling Hybrid Public Governance with Open-Source Decision-Support.

[16] The Aspin-Brown Commission is the most effective review of US intelligence operations across over 25 such reviews going back to 1947; all of its recommendations, including the recommendation that OSINT be a top priority for Director of Central Intelligence (DCI) attention and a top priority for funding, were ignored by then DCI George Tenet. The entire report, Preparing for the 21st Century: An Appraisal of U.S. Intelligence (Government Printing Office, 1996) remains a valuable starting point for those interested in creating intelligence with integrity.

[17] Robert David Steele, "The Intelligence Community as a New Market," Speech to the National Federation of Abstracting and Indexing Services, Washington, D.C., 23 February 1993.

[18] The vast majority of both government and contracted employees of the US Intelligence Community -- including my wife who works within CIA's Directorate of Intelligence as a computer support and training specialist -- are good people trapped in a bad system. What we are dealing with is a total failure at the leadership level, both political and professional. With the exception of LtGen Michael Flynn, I can think of no serving intelligence leader who combines a commitment to decision-support with deep integrity and practical common sense.

[19] Ambassador John Negroponte, Vice Admiral Mike McConnell, Admiral Dennis Blair, LtGen James Clapper.

[20] In 1992 when I was the second-ranking civilian in Marine Corps intelligence, there was only one Senior Executive, John Guenther (RIP), and my grade was that of a GS-14, more or less a LtCol equivalent. Today the Marine Corps has a number of Senior Executive civilians that I personally believe are not warranted.

[21] Cf. Ryan Cooper, "Time to scrap the CIA: The agency does almost nothing right -- and now it's a direct threat to American democracy," The Week (14 July 2014). Among many books I have reviewed on CIA's failures, two in particular bear mention here: Charles Faddis, Beyond Repair: The Decline and Fall of the CIA (Lyons Press, 2009), my review: First Rate Deep Current Insider View Cannot Be Denied; and Anthony Codevilla, Informing Statecraft--Intelligence for a New Century (Free Press, 1992), my review: Informing Policy is more important than stealing secrets. My large list includes 71 reviews, some focused on CIA successes such as Afghanistan that can in retrospect be seen as strategic failures. My monograph, Human Intelligence: All Humans, All Minds, All the Time (US Army Strategic Studies Institute, June 2010) outlines what a properly managed full-spectrum HUMINT program should look like. This graphic -- with validation by other serving and retired professionals -- is an indictment of HUMINT today across these functions: 2012 USA Human Intelligence (HUMINT) Scorecard 1.1.

[22] Cf. William Hartung, Prophets of War: Lockheed Martin and the Making of the Military-Industrial Comple x (Nation Books, 2010), my review: Final Review: Boring, Limited, Not for General Audience.

[23] Cf. Charles Lewis, 935 Lies: The Future of Truth and the Decline of America's Moral Integrity(PublicAffairs, 2014), my review: Title Short-Changes Value -- This is One of the Most Important Books of Our Time.

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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 (more...)

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