Fun­da­men­tal breach

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - VOICES -

Re­cently we wit­nessed the res­ig­na­tion of a highly placed Na­tional Se­cu­rity op­er­a­tive for be­hav­ior that can only be de­scribed as in­sub­or­di­nate; in­for­ma­tion that was pro­vided to rep­re­sen­ta­tives of our cur­rent gov­ern­ment was less than ac­cu­rate and as such placed the cred­i­bil­ity of the VPOTUS and the United States in ques­tion. As a re­sult, the per­son in­volved was “asked” to re­sign and did so.

On its face, this is a rel­a­tively straight­for­ward is­sue. How­ever, sev­eral se­cu­rity of­fi­cials who spoke on con­di­tion of anonymity re­ported to the main­stream me­dia that the ad­viser had been in con­tact with a highly placed Rus­sian gov­ern­ment rep­re­sen­ta­tive dur­ing the ad­min­is­tra­tion’s tran­si­tion pe­riod and may have lied to the FBI re­gard­ing the top­ics of those con­ver­sa­tions. This is not in ques­tion. SIGINT in­ter­cepts/tran­scripts of those con­ver­sa­tions ex­ist.

“We the peo­ple” are guar­an­teed life, lib­erty and the pur­suit of hap­pi­ness by our Con­sti­tu­tion. Each and ev­ery per­son that works in­side of the fed­eral gov­ern­ment takes an oath of of­fice that re­it­er­ates their re­spon­si­bil­ity to “pro­tect and de­fend the Con­sti­tu­tion of the United States from all en­e­mies, for­eign and do­mes­tic.” It says that be­cause in­ter­nal threats are real. Peo­ple have and will act against the best in­ter­est of the gov­erned to achieve their own agenda. Un­less we as a peo­ple are will­ing to blindly ac­cept what our gov­ern­ment tells us (which I am not), we must in­sist on a full and complete ac­count­ing of this fun­da­men­tal breach in our na­tional se­cu­rity.

“The supreme qual­ity for leadership is un­ques­tion­ably in­tegrity. With­out it, no real suc­cess is pos­si­ble, no mat­ter whether it is on a sec­tion gang, a foot­ball field, in an army, or in an of­fice.”—Dwight D. Eisen­hower. LENNY BUR­NETT

Jones­boro

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