posted on Sep, 18 2012 @ 12:03 AM
Hello. My Internet Alias is Hefficide, and previously also "Heff" and "Kovert", but my Christian name is John. But, let's be honest, you could
find all of that, and more, out with a few mouse clicks. I am writing this letter, in an open forum, to make a personal statement on behalf of myself
and others who share my outrage with the general current state of things.
We live in a world that is teetering on the precipice of ruin. We know this because it seems to be the only thing that media wants to tell us about.
Well, except for the local weather and the odd story about how a kitten made a sick child smile, or some other thirty second human interest "feel
good" story. This constant barage of negativity has left most of us in a state of perpetual shock. We go about our daily affairs with great fear and
dread shoved deep down into the recesses of our minds. We no longer feel peace - because the threat is ever present.
The threat of terror, foreign and domestic.
The threat of being the victim of some spontaneous and irrational crime.
The threat of our own governments abusing their power.
The threat of those who are different than us.
The threat of economic collapse.
The threat of unexpected unemployment.
The threat of change.
The threat of unforseen change.
The threat of one another.
Many of you in the intelligence community specialize in these issues. And some of you might even be smiling right now at a job well done. To be
honest, some of you are so obsessed with advancing your own careers that you'd happily put your own mother onto the most wanted list if it would get
you that corner office and the title to go along with it.
Many of you are simply lower level employees, making a living, serving what you see as a righteous cause, and doing the best you can with the limited
information and access that you posses.
And many of you truly do fight the good fight with honor and integrity. For this I applaud, commend, and thank you. But I also add this: Can you be
sure that your morally correct work is being used to morally correct ends by those above you?
We are shifting, now, into a world where the term "domestic terrorist" is becoming the norm. This is a dangerous and troubling development. Psychos,
illiterates, hate mongers, and mass murdereds merit many labels, but "terrorist" is one we should not throw around losely. The human mind is such
that once we become accustomed to a term, then it will eventually spread and be applied to more things than it did in the beginning.
Will we reach a stage where posting words such as mine will count as "terrorism"? Or where a rowdy teen spray painting grafitti will suddenly be
labeled as a "subversive"? At what point do these labels become so all encompassing that they cease having any real value and begin to serve only as
catch-alls for mass incarcerations?
I consider myself a proud American patriot. I love my country, my community, my neighbors, friends, and family. And I will happily lay down my life to
protect any and all of them from any threat. As I am sure you, dear member of the intelligence community, would also do. But when we, in our zeal to
protect, lose sight of who the enemy is... Well friendly fire becomes a very real and dangerous thing. One of the requirements for those who work in
your profession is intellectual acumen. I trust that you are all very intelligent and discerning people. Even if your indoctrination into your
profession did include mandates to trust your superiors blindly - to accept that those above you know more about the situation than you do - I
believe, in my heart, that most of you still do question and possess the ability to discern what is right from what is wrong.
Just as you are employees, you are also citizens of the nations and cultures you come from. Cultures where your families, friends, and coworkers also
must live. You owe as much a debt to your community as you do to any agency or entity you may professionally represent.
I am not asking you to violate contract, trust, or oath. Only that you apply reason and logic to your keeping of those oaths.
So, from the bottom of my heart, I extend this open letter to ask you, each and every one, to search your hearts and to commit yourselves to finding
clarity and focus in the coming days. And to beg you, sincerely, to make the right choices should you ever be asked to violate your own moral codes.
We are all in this together, and we need to remain a united front against evil - not complicit and divided participants in it.