|Taking a bullet for your country isn't all it's cracked up to be - when your country abandons you.|
What happens when one of our covert special operations types is injured on the job -- and disavowed by the US Government?
We've reviewed the cases of several folks who operated at arms-length from the USG and were severely injured during covert or clandestine operations. The results have not been encouraging to our HUMINT operatives who are/will be tasked with taking on dangerous assignments at arms length and officially "... disavowed by the Secretary" as the saying goes in Mission Impossible.
In past Administrations, the Director of Central Intelligence [and the earlier Directors of National Intelligence - before Clapper] were privy to the functions and missions of special operatives who provided intelligence support and assistance to foreign governments while our own government proclaimed either neutrality or hostility. The value of such operations lay in the concept that in the process of "regime change", the USG would have linkage to the new rulers.
|Chiang: Not adored by China|
That worked, sort-of, since we had excellent relations with Chiang, whom the common folk of China despised, and who ended up running Taiwan which manufactured IT components, and whose Kuomintang [KMT] managed the Golden Triangle in Southeast Asia shipping illicit drugs abroad to bolster Taiwan's economy.
Since then, and perhaps because of that egregious episode, an arm of US Intelligence known as The Company [often mistaken as an alias for the CIA] operated as a non-official organization to provide support to US clandestine and covert operatives, and often performed these functions with their own personnel and funds -- generally without the knowledge of CIA Station Chiefs or US diplomatic personnel.
That process worked well and efficiently before our current Administration, since earlier, there was a built-in "black" mechanism to assist our "special" operatives whose covers demanded no linkage to the USG.
Under our current DNI, HUMINT has been trashed and all fail-safe measures deleted.
The "black" mechanism process was discarded in recent years as this Administration populated the actionable Intelligence Community with unskilled and inexperienced senior executives incapable of maintaining secrets, but who, instead, revealed Sources and Methods to the US and international Media; in the process, they Outed intelligence operatives and in several cases, cost these officers their lives.
Equally egregious, these bumbling incompetents or malicious bureaucrats abandoned operators who have been injured to such an extent they are no longer employable -- and worse, they need, but cannot obtain government assistance.
They are expected to fend for themselves -- with life-threatening injuries, maladies, and diseases; at best, some of these operatives have been provided some medical care at Military facilities, but their medical files are classified and not releasable to private sector -- and perhaps more-adept physicians capable of providing more effective and curative care. Ultimately, such cases exclude any financial support, leaving these officers destitute and totally dependent on their families and friends -- who are barred from discussing these situations with anyone, on threat of National Security prosecution.
We think it's worthwhile chatting with our Representatives on the HPSCI [House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence] and Senators on the SSCI [Senate Select Committee on Intelligence] and the Armed Services Committees to address this issue.
Given the disturbing proclivity of this Administration to Out" our operatives who have quietly served their country -- and then abandoning them [and their families] with no support mechanism, we recommend such officers receive status as Military Veterans with cover documentation in the form of a special DD-214 so they can obtain medical treatment and VA benefits for training, housing, and schooling.
These officers have operated in covert or clandestine status, following the exclusionary dictum
"... the Secretary will disavow all knowledge....",
but they rightfully expect their government to "have their back".
If our government can provide support to deserters such as Bowe Berghahl, they can certainly support our true patriots.