Peter M. Hain
“Gentlemen don’t read each other’s mail.” So exclaimed U. S. Secretary of State Henry L. Stimson in 1929 when he shut down the State Department’s cryptanalytic office. Stimson later reversed his decision, but his first instincts continue to prevail today as politicos on both sides of the aisle seek to corral the National Security Agency. Is this wise or is it merely politics as usual?
Surely, cutting back on the tools necessary to wage an aggressive war on terror has dire consequences. Self-serving politicians and opportunistic media embolden international criminals by their relentless attacks on intelligence collection methods.
Hain is a retired CIA officer and lives at Smith Mountain Lake.