By Mr. Twisted
Dishonorable Disclosure is a short, made-for-internet movie produced by a group of intelligence and special operations veterans who are vocally opposing the Obama White House’s releasing of information for what appears to be purely political reasons. It is their view that the information being released is causing serious breaches of national security and putting our best and bravest in even more harm than they already face.
After a brief intro paying tribute to fallen service members, the movie quickly delves into the topic of intelligence – why it is important in warfare, how it is used, and how important it is keep under wraps. This is done so by interviews with retired members of the special operations and intelligence community – one of which remains hidden in shadows and has his voice manipulated.
Then comes the crux of the whole project – namely, that the current White House administration has leaked far too much information about covert operations and has, because of this, put current operations and operators in even more danger than they were already in. Several experts weigh in on how certain operational security – specifically that of the raid on Usama bin Laden’s compound – has been compromised for nothing more than political gain. They state plainly that this information was immediately available in the aftermath of the operation for all to see and hear, thus calling into question our Commander in Chief’s ability to properly guard our nation’s most important secrets.
These men raise an especially interesting question regarding the bin Laden raid. Namely, why did we not wait a few weeks to release the details of this operation so that our operators in the HUMINT community could properly exploit the information gleamed from the UBL compound? In having this story go public so fast, any potential targets who would have had any contact with UBL would, if they had any sense at all, become ghosts and get off the grid as quickly as possible.
Furthermore, as one of the retired CIA officers tells us, recruiting reliable and valuable human intelligence sources is not the easiest of tasks; and it becomes increasingly harder if they feel a lack of any kind of protection from the country they are passing information to. So protection of these sources becomes extremely crucial, but is difficult to accomplish when powers at the top are revealing any and all details they can about any given mission simply for political currency. Possible sources become much less willing if they see the United States as being unable to protect them, should they give up critical intelligence.
The most notable moment of the clip comes when the viewer is told about how, just a few short days after the raid on UBL’s compound, Hollywood elites were brought into the White House for the purpose of receiving a detailed brief of the mission, apparently for the purpose of making a movie of the event. This would be laughable if it were not so demonstrably serious.
After discussing a few more cases of the divulging of national security information, the movie comes to a close with a few of the men openly calling on President Obama to stop doing what he’s doing and keep up with OPSEC. Maj. Gen. Paul Vallely (Ret) goes so far as to say “With all due respect, Mr. President, we need you to shut your mouth…”
All of this raises some interesting questions, no doubt. How far can a President go in terms of releasing information regarding national security? What is the real risk? Is it only for his political gain? How much can our enemies find out about our TTP’s by watching ABC News?
I am curious to hear the thoughts of the Rhino Den/Ranger Up community. Please share your thoughts; and if you haven’t see the video, you can right here.