Here is the statement from Dishonorable Disclosure for the video:
“Intelligence and Special Operations forces are furious and frustrated at how President Obama and those in positions of authority have exploited their service for political advantage. Countless leaks, interviews, and decisions by the Obama Administration and other government officials have undermined the success of our Intelligence and Special Operations forces and put future missions and personnel at risk.
The unwarranted and dangerous public disclosure of Special Forces Operations is so serious — that for the first time — former operators have agreed to risk their reputations and go ‘on the record’ in a special documentary titled “Dishonorable Disclosures.” Its goal is to educate America about serious breaches of security and prevent them from ever happening again.
Use of military ranks, titles & photographs in uniform does not imply endorsement of the Dept of the Army or the Department of Defense. All individuals are no longer in active service with any federal agency or military service.”
The main takeaway from this video is the importance of intelligence. Secondly, we do not need to announce successful operations immediately after they occur. It limits the ability to exploit information and conduct operations. Third, the outing or perceived outing of the Pakistani doctor that helped the U.S. discover Bin Laden’s location is incredibly damaging. Returning to the main takeaway, outing a source undermines future HUMINT. Let’s say the leak is false. The perception is that it occurred no matter what. These people who help the US government are putting themselves on the line in a way only a finite few can imagine.
Step aside from the leaks and consider how vital human intelligence is and always has been. Are we more capable or less capable of conducting these operations in today’s world? Technology and our culture continues to distance itself from many others. Was the Bin Laden raid film, “Zero Dark Thirty” a good thing for the perceived prestige and power of the US? I don’t know the answer.
I wish that we made films which sought to align the West with the rest of the world. They could give those elsewhere stories and themes that might get them to question taking arms with terror groups, by the nuanced method, only Hollywood and advertising geniuses know how to do. Politics is self-serving regardless of these leaks, if true or not. To ask politicians not to capitalize on strategic successes is to ask them not to be politicians.
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