In the wake of all the Snowden reporting, stories about the White House naming of the Kabul Chief of Station and other recent articles, many of us active or former intelligence folks have become increasingly annoyed by sloppy reporting and vocabulary by the press. So herewith follows a simple primer on the vocabulary of the intelligence world.
The main purpose of SAD is as a service provider to other Divisions who hold Presidential Covert Action Authorities. Essentially SAD develops and maintains capabilities, whether those capabilities are personnel, platforms, weapons systems, or non-lethal aid. SAD does NOT operate on its own agenda and it is highly scrutinized by the Executive and Legislative parts of our government.
I have realized from reading news stories, blog posts, wiki sites, and the often hilarious (and pathetically inaccurate) tweets, that the Special Activities Division (SAD) is the most misunderstood division of the Central Intelligence Agency.
Given my nationality and experience, I can only speak about the American people and American military. In my opinion, we as Americans, have become so uptight that NO ONE can joke or have an opinion about anything without being ruthlessly attacked.
I became a snoop because I have a knack for finding just about anything or anyone on the Internet. I've used this line a lot in job interviews. It landed me at a company you may have heard yodeled back in the day. I worked several related, but different, positions at this company, and each one had an element of customer knowledge that would make most people uneasy if they ever knew about it.
I was going to try and respond to the recent Associated Press / Washington Post article (authored by Adam Goldman and Matt Apuzzo) related to Robert Levinson and my views on news organizations breaking stories related to American citizens who are being held in captivity with as little condescension as I could possibly muster.
It might seem odd that someone who worked at the CIA would offer up an opinion piece not related to Osama Bin Laden, on this, the 2nd anniversary of his ending. I actually think that now is the perfect day to talk about more important issues. I can think of no more important issue than the repatriation of captive American citizens abroad. The Bin Laden objective is complete….Levinson's return isn’t.
The Agency houses some of the most intelligent and hard-working people, but even those premier Officers can’t escape a case of the “Mondays”.These Intel Officers attempt to protect US citizens and national interests (often times in spite of the bureaucracy that pretends to guide it) at a great personal sacrifice of personal time, social life, and public acknowledgement of their service. Inglorious Amateurs' Sean P. Sullivan shares an Agency Officer's case of the "mondays".
I was in San Diego for the holidays, visiting family. I remember getting up and coming downstairs to make coffee for myself. Then I must have checked my phone and saw the news. My mind raced...
An excellent article on Libya by former CIA Analyst and Targeting Officer Nada Bakos. It is reposted here via Huffington Post. "Withdrawing from the world is every bit as implausible as treating every militia as if it is al Qaeda." - Indeed!
This first submission to the new Inglorious Amateurs intelligence community focused blog was previously published as a guest post on Blogs of War (http://blogsofwar.com/2012/12/22/guest-post-zero-dark-reality/) on 22 December 2012. Thanks to John Little at Blogs Of War for posting the article. - TWW
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