When hearing “Let´s make our intelligence great again,” many people will immediately and rightly think about getting rid of toxic political correctness. As much as common sense by logically and critically thinking citizens is crucial in elections, Human Intelligence (often abbreviated as HUMINT) makes or breaks country's international potential and internal immune system.
Neither “dry” data nor imagery intel (IMINT) can bring multi-layer information provided by human sources, to decipher the complexity of international relations or measure true temperature of conflicts.
The impact of a country on the international scene depends on its capacity of intelligence collection and counter-intelligence. If technology can occasionally score a high-ranking card, human intelligence means entire deck of cards ready to be auspiciously dealt out.
It became apparent that the prior administration (Obama) politicized the role of HUMINT and chose to target “deplorable opponents”, rather than protect the country from the enemy –both foreign and domestic. To make things right we must get rid of Politbureau, hire right people and get the right information.
America's foes couldn't help but notice that Ronald Reagan's era brought symbolism of individual freedom, but also renewed interest in HUMINT. It is noteworthy that it is the image of the country protecting rights and liberties of people that effected in precious testimonies both on national and foreign ground. Additionally, America was interested in quality immigration – often politically oppressed dissidents whose values corresponded with national ones and for whom the American dream meant freedom, rather than a better economic situation.
Gradually, dereliction of duty and politicizing of services where absolute integrity is necessary started to discourage the messengers and to kill the message. J. Edgar Hoover's warning has been echoing above overcooked “alphabet soup” for decades: “Just the minute the FBI begins making recommendations on what should be done with its information, it becomes a Gestapo.”
It's not only about “thank you” to Dr. Afridi, and disgusting treatment of other less prominent sources who paid for loyalty to America with their own blood. One look at homeless veterans serves as a repellent for about any potential whistleblower who has ever hoped that the U.S. does not leave loyal warriors behind. For decades, consecutive administrations yawned at America's greatest potential, fired unpliable patriots, and hired user-friendly careerists. Politically-correct Intel Cherry-Pickers applauded bogus “allies,” and overlooked hostile actions of real enemies.
Cronyism germinating from corruption brought to the table inadequate information collectors, and in HUMINT incompetence is a deadly sin. There was a good reason to have Mengele's victims listen to other victims' testimonies rather than employing ignorant snobs giggling at the “incredible experiments.” Stazi torture survivors would be branded as “falsifiers” by an unfit information collector, whose assessment would be as trustworthy as an opinion of a Hollywood psychoanalyst for obese pets diagnosing Combat Veterans with “mental illness.”
Sources who have aces in their sleeve and who know the ugly truth about thugs, won't talk to thugs – no matter if suit-clad and capable of making a fan from diplomas.
Information is as sacred as the life of humans who risk their lives to shield the country from enemies – both foreign and domestic. Whenever counterintelligence translates into surveillance of “politically incorrect dissidents”, (or even Presidents…) the country risks losing the international game unless chiselers are flagged and banned. Card sharpies can be easily identified – they falsify while reciting Hooveresque definition: “We are a fact-gathering organization only. We don´t clear anybody. We don´t condemn anybody.”