Brandon’s recent interview with Dalton Fury got me thinking again about a subject I had been meaning to write about for a while. The issue is about leaks, public disclosures, and individuals (including former military) writing books. The issue of OPSEC is brought up again and again. Likewise, many people rail against this new media phenomena saying that no one can keep a secret anymore.

But is this really something new, or is it just something new to us?

Insider leaks about unseemly activities conducted by our government? The Pentagon Papers hit the New York Times in 1971. Also in the 1970s came revelations from people like Chris Pyle and Seymour Hersh that eventually led to the Church Committee hearings, which probed illegal activity conducted by the CIA and other agencies. Let’s also not forget about the “Deep Throat” leaks, which led to the Watergate scandal and culminated in the resignation of President Nixon.

Former Special Operations guys writing books? This is far from being anything new. Over a dozen LRRP/Rangers wrote their memoirs after the Vietnam War. Soldier of Fortune magazine also published many first hand accounts from soldiers in the Vietnam War. Steve Emerson’s book “Secret Warriors” blew the lid off America’s growing counter-terrorism infrastructure when it was published in 1988. To this day, when I bring up subjects written about in “Secret Warriors,” people often to tell me to shut up due to OPSEC concerns, not realizing that this information has been in the public domain for over a quarter century.