WASHINGTON, Dec. 1 /PRNewswire/ -- Robert David Steele (Vivas), CEO of OSS.Net, Inc., has today posted a Letter to the Editor of Newsweek, available to anyone as an Op-Ed.
I find TIME and Newsweek generally useful as a common denominator for citizens that cannot afford the time or money required to stay fully abreast of current affairs, and especially foreign affairs that are undermining our Nation's security and our prospects for the future.
I rely on TIME and Newsweek to be balanced and objective. I expect TIME and Newsweek to be familiar with the scholarly literature, and not merely an outlet for pandering pontificating policy pimps.
It was therefore with enormous dismay that I picked up a copy of Newsweek in an airport, the 4 December 2006 issue, and found at the end an Opinion Editorial by Fareed Zakaria, "The Next Step? Think Vietnam."
The Editors of Newsweek chose to place the following sentences in bold larger colored font: "There is much moaning in Washington about the return of the 'realists.' But what we need is a Kissingerian effort to extricate America."
The informed mind boggles. Is the author -- and evidently the Editors of Newsweek -- completely oblivious to the fact that Henry Kissinger destroyed the Paris peace negotiations just prior to the 1968 elections, only to agree to the same terms in 1972 after an additional 20,492 Americans had died for his chicanery, as well as hundreds of thousands others across Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia?
It is time that publications like TIME and Newsweek took their responsibilities for contextual accuracy and comprehensive public education and public intelligence more seriously. I refer you to the 800+ reviews of non-fiction I have posted to Amazon, including reviews on books about "fog facts," "lost history," and the collapse of all our institutions. I refer you to my weekly report on "GLOBAL REALITY: The Week in Review" and our free forecasts on the ten threats, twelve policies, and eight challengers.
The American people need and want the truth. This Administration and the two primary political parties cannot handle the truth. You mean well, but are lacking. Please improve.
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Some of our greatest American heroes have come from within the CIA when exemplary agents finally realized their complicity with evil and their personal inability to continue to perpetuate evil. From Phillip Agee to Ralph McGehee, each loved their country so deeply that they ultimately had to turn against its highest intelligence agency, one that has been operating within the U.S. much longer than most folks care to admit.
I don't know if Christine Axsmith aka Covert Communications will join their ranks or not, but she recently discovered the downside of shared ownership of Brand America:
Top-Secret World Loses Blogger
Only people with top-secret security clearances could read her musings, which were posted on Intelink, the intelligence community's classified intranet. Writing as Covert Communications, CC for short, she opined in her online journal on such national security conundrums as stagflation, the war of ideas in the Middle East and -- in her most popular post -- bad food in the CIA cafeteria.
But the hundreds of blog readers who responded to her irreverent entries with titles such as "Morale Equals Food" won't be joining her ever again.
On July 13, after she posted her views on torture and the Geneva Conventions, her blog was taken down and her security badge was revoked. On Monday, Axsmith was terminated by her employer, BAE Systems, which was helping the CIA test software. . .
"I thought it would be okay" to write about the Geneva Conventions, she said, "because it's the policy."
In recounting the events of her last day as an Intelink blogger, Axsmith said that she didn't hold up well when the corporate security officers grilled her, seized her badge and put her in a frigid conference room. "I'm shaking. I'm cold, staring at the wall," she recalled. "And worse, people are using the room as a shortcut, so I have no dignity in this crisis."
Let's not abandon Christine Axsmith in her hour of need. She may mean much more than any of us currently realize.
I believe she could be a great asset to any company that is not seeking CIA Venture Capital or handling government contracts.
Just don't make her sit there obsessing over the case of: Lt. Cmdr. Charles Swift, the Navy lawyer who successfully challenged the constitutionality of military tribunals at the Guantanamo Bay prison.
The National Law Journal named Swift one of the 100 most influential lawyers in the country, but the Navy has so far passed him over for promotion. He told the Los Angeles Times then, "One thing that has been a great revelation for me is that you may love the military, but it doesn't necessarily love you."