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24601 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jun-08-10 05:51 AM
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81. Thanks for not judging me - my conscience is doing well and I'm
Edited on Tue Jun-08-10 06:32 AM by 24601
sleeping through the nights.

When I wuz in the Army - many moons ago - we always felt that our life would be great if only those yahoos at Company Hqs could get their act together. But the perspective of a junior soldier is by its nature focused narrowly.

This guy has a TS clearance with SCI access. Washington Post says he's a Specialist (E-4) and an Intel Analyst (that covers a wide range of specialties). That means he worked in a SCIF and signed a nondisclosure agreement as a precondition to access.

His own claim is providing somewhere north of 250,000 diplomatic cables. Last time I went through an Army school, folks in his grade weren't being trained to recognize the synoptic "what was" & "what wasn't" that's why units have lots of people to divide up the effort. We make it following classification rules easy by requiring originators to apply classification either by original or derivative authorities.

We the people did not invest in him the authority to apply his "expert judgment" that those 250,000 documents were no longer classified and should be sent to someone outside government without the clearance and need to know. But we did train him where he could go with complaints. He chose to disregard it and inflate his own sense of importance by acting outside the law.

And now there will be consequences for his poor choices. The Army probably will not hang him for this. With apologies to Monty Python, "First Offense? Crucification."

And with the earlier Abu G reference - the biggest chain breakdown there was insufficient seniority on the night shift. All the Company officers had "day" jobs. (There was one Battalion - commanded by a LTC - responsible for multiple sites - and one Company commanded by a CPT running Abu G.) But God forbid a LT get a Combat Area OER for "Night Shift Leader" rather than "Company Training Officer."

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