A memorable experience

by Sal on December 8, 2005

in Politics

For the past two days I’ve been absent (yet again) from posting. This is because I’ve been in Virginia, where my company has been doing some work for the CIA (yes, that is the Central Intelligence Agency). Aside from the constant jokes by the staff I was working with (saying “That’s Classified” to everything, or “I could tell you, but then I’d have to kill you”, and the unbelievable security measures, the likes of which I’ve never seen before, the most memorable part of the two days was when one of the people I was working with took me on a brief tour of the general part of the building (obviously the non-classified part). The CIA is not open for tourists, so I consider myself lucky to have been able to see it. What struck me the most, was in one of the entrance lobbies, there was a memorial for those who have given their lives in service to the CIA. Each year since the 1950s displayed the names of those who had been killed in action that year, along with a star preceding their name. There were many lines, however, up to almost half, with stars and no names. This was due to the agents who had died whose identities are still classified. The book is reviewed every year, and names are sometimes written in after the fact. But it just struck me that there are these people, known only to a few, who have given their lives in protection of our liberty and our freedom to get information that could save many lives and preserve our freedom.

It is very popular and common (except in the Democratic Party) to praise the military and our troops as the heroes who have risked their lives and shed their blood for our freedom and security. This is as it should be. Our soldiers deserve our support, praise, and admiration for all that they do. But let us also not forget those members of the intelligence community, the CIA and others, who have given their lives for the very same cause, often without any opportunity for recognition or remembrance.

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