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Chronicles of a Footloose Forester
By Dick Pellek
Espionage and Transparency
Espionage, spying or intelligence gathering is the act of obtaining secret or confidential information from non-disclosed sources or divulging of the same without the permission of ...
The on-line dictionary definition of espionage is a haunting and suggestive word that conjures up thoughts of spies, spy novels, and treason. In real life, spies are real and espionage is real. We in the United States are bombarded daily with news stories about a man who is also a former President of the United States who has engaged in espionage, is still engaging in espionage and will likely engage in espionage until he is put away. There is no question that he has been practicing espionage. He has been charged and indicted under §793 of the Espionage Act.
The overwhelming evidence can be seen on TV screens, and in his hand-written notes on the recovered classified documents wrested from his control at his huuuge home in Florida. He has been a busy dude, with secret, top secret, and other classified documents scattered about in his basement, in his office, on the floor of his bedroom, and locked in his office desk. You might say that the former POTUS was the Espionager-in-Chief. For those who doubt that espionage has taken place in open sight, join the rest of the intelligence community in coming to grips with those one-on-one meetings between our former guy and Vladimir Putin in Hamburg, Germany during the G20 meetings in 2017, and again in 2018 in Helsinki, Finland. After the Hamburg, Germany meetings, the former guy demanded that the notes and translated transcriptions of the meetings be destroyed. You will find scant information about the meetings because the former guy took steps to restrict the dissemination of information. He did it openly and he thought correctly that he could get away with it.
Since that time, an emboldened Espionager-in-Chief has continued with cock-sure brazenness to exploit his advantages by hiding behind a shield of security protections. In a cozy home the size of Mar-a-Lago, the Espionager-in-Chief likely had lots of help in choosing, sorting, and carrying the classified documents from one wing of the house to another. He also kept classified documents in one or more of his properties in other states. The deceits and deceptions might seem apparent, but they are not transparent.
During the daily early morning quest for creating a suitable chronicle, the Footloose Forester settled on one with the title “On Transparency”. The intention was to share with others the notion that we all expect transparency in our conversations with other people; we look for transparency in reading news reports; and hope that spokespersons of sales staff are being sufficiently transparent with us so that we may be satisfied with our purchases, whatever they may be. Expensive consumer items like houses and cars usually have sales representatives to assist us, and to provide the transparency that we expect. Most often, we come away satisfied, either with our new purchase or with our decision to walk away. Our inner selves tell us that transparency is part of the negotiation. Unfortunately, when it comes to politics, the average person does not expect that transparency will be front-and-center, where it should be. Why is that? Self-gratification of the speaker, for one thing; self-preservation of our egos is another reason, and the protection of a respected institution, for another.
For the record, The Espionager-in-Chief was indicted on 7 charges on 8 June 2023. Thirty-one of those charges were related to violation of §793 of the Espionage Act. This chronicle was not intended to be predictive or political in nature, but one can hardly ignore such blatant disregard for our laws as the former president has been.
SWOT analysis refers to Strengths: Weaknesses: Opportunities: Threats. SWOT is the natural enemy of transparency. On the other hand, transparency is one hallmark of a free press, a major reason why politicians have an uncomfortable relationship with the press corps.
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The Espionager-in-Chief was indicted on 7 charges on 8 June 2023. Those charges are in violation of §793 of the Espionage Act. This chronicle was not intended to be predictive or political in nature, but one can hardly ignore such blatant disregard of our laws as the former president has been.