“I cannot express in words the frustration, disappointment, and, yes, anger that faces me (and my colleagues) at this moment as we watch our commander in chief flatly disparage our fact-based research, our evidence, our years of hard work, all for personal gain.”
On Monday, on the world stage, Donald Trump took the side of a Russian authoritarian over his own intelligence community. It stunned the country. And it was a slap in the face to all of the brave men and women who work in intelligence.
One of those men spoke out on my Facebook page on Monday. And his words were powerful. I am withholding his name for his protection. But he stands by his comments. I’m posting this because his words need to be heard by the American people.
“As a 27-year veteran of multiple branches of federal and department of defense intelligence branches, I cannot express in words the frustration, disappointment, and, yes, anger that faces me (and my colleagues) at this moment as we watch our commander in chief flatly disparage our fact-based research, our evidence, our years of hard work, all for personal gain.”
“BUT, this man, this one man we knew to be corrupt from the beginning. So my frustration and disgust with him, although significant, actually pales by comparison to the contempt I have for those in power who refuse to put a check on his power and to continue to allow this behavior from one man to destroy our very foundation.”
“Secondarily, my disgust carries over to those of the US citizenry so blind with hatred for Hillary or love of party that they cannot accept the facts of what is happening here. They move blindly against the mountED and mountING evidence while still throwing their support behind this coward and corrupt man.”
“It is without a word to describe it. Sickening for sure.”
“To stand WITH Trump today is to do as Trump does, and that is to stand with Putin and AGAINST the US, against our allies, and against our people.”
“We work diligently regardless who is the Commander in Chief, as, ultimately, he is in our chain of command. And, at work, we can express or show NO POLITICS or favoritism or animosity. Highly frowned upon and punishable, as you see from the Strzok hearings, to even make personal remarks in texts… really even as I am doing here on FB. I have chosen to take the accepted risk, I’ve had enough. Many won’t speak out.”
“You saw an NSA employee attempt to leak evidence of Russian voter tampering to the press (the girl named Reality Winner) due to her political frustration and disgust. Of course she leaked CLASSIFIED information, which has swift and obvious punishment attached and she quickly disappeared.”
“These are lines I can never cross; she chose otherwise. But you can see the dilemma now facing intel agency employees sitting on facts as they are berated by their own commander and growing sick of the public being gaslighted with his lies when they know otherwise.”
I thank you Sir for your service. And I thank you for speaking out.