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Letter to the Editor: An open letter to our former Chief Spooks

I read in the papers that the President has revoked Mr. Brennan’s security clearances. I have also read that you, Misters Webster, Gates, Tenet, Goss, Hayden, Panetta, Petraeus, Clapper, McLaughlin, Kappes, Morell, Haines, and Cohen have your feelings hurt. You assert that this revocation is as an attempt to overturn rights protected by the First Amendment.

We, normal walking around citizens, who have paid handsomely for your service in government and continue to pay your fine retirement benefits, are not congenital fools. Your claim that this is a First Amendment issue is beyond crazy. How in the world could we give you such great authority in your former offices when you now demonstrate such juvenile, superficial understanding of the constitution?

In the interest of security, no one should continue to have clearance to classified documents unless they hold some active position in government. I do not give a fig for past convention in this matter. You have no need to know. You are out of office.  You have no inherited title.You are a plain citizen now and your status is equal to the rest of us.

I would like to point out that on just about all the major intelligence issues of the last 75 years, our spooks, you guys on this list and others, have missed every major important intelligence call.  Pearl Harbor, the Battle of the Bulge, the Chinese invasion into North Korea, the final triumph of the Viet Cong, the collapse of the Soviet Union, Weapons of Mass Destruction, and who can forget the 9/11 needless slaughter of our innocent citizens.

You and your organizations had your heads where the sun did not shine and as a result some young service person or citizen of this country had to die because of your mistakes.

We paid you and trusted you to see these things and provide timely and accurate information.  God knows you have spent buckets of money and the American people have not gotten their money’s worth from you.

Go away. I for one will not listen to you. You have had you chance and you blew it. Quit crying. Man up.


Gary Pichon

Marble Hill