Friday, January 26, 2007

Enemies: How America's Foes Steal Our Vital Secrets--and How We Let It Happen

Are we Safe from Islamic and Communist Agents in the US?

Defense and national security reporter Bill Gertz’s book “Enemies: How America's Foes Steal Our Vital Secrets--and How We Let It Happen” shows that our moral decline has disabled the USA intelligence agencies.

The book details how two senior FBI agents had a long term sexual affair with a Chinese agent. The agents thinking she was a double agent for the US and allowed her to have America's most classified secret and received from her Chinese misinformation.

Meanwhile CIA top agents betrayed follow agents in Russia and give away secrets for cash and the excitement of being a double agent against the US.

In both cases the FBI and CIA had numerous red flags pointing to the double agents, but ignored them in part because agents have an old boy culture that protected the traitors for decades.

Gertz’s says that Clinton as president seriously damaged real intelligence operations. Also China “managed to... [Someone came into my blog dashboard and replaced the rest of the article with the following. Please pray for the protection of this blog.] iou'd probably see that anywhere.

I was behind a huge fat lady in the cafeteria who bought 4 gorditas (there's a Taco Bell too), 3 chocolate chip cookies, and a large Pepsi. There's no helping some people. I'm not exactly a model of perfect health, but at least I get a 6 inch turkey on wheat at Subway with a diet Coke.

Hospitals are weird places. There's alot more variation of care and luck involved than you might think. Get in good with the nurses, and you get food after hours. Ask certain doctors too many questions, and they shut off your information.

My Dad's room has a beautiful western view. We watch the sunset every night. On the night of the children's parade, a pirate ship "invaded" Tampa Bay and shot off its cannons (they invade again tomorrow). Then there were fireworks, right out the window.

I haven't seen sunsets this colorful since I lived in West Virginia. That's some good pollution they got here.

Some poor guy fell into the engine room on the fireworks barge and lost his foot. You learn things in the hospital elevator.

My Dad's room is right next to the nurses' station, which is both good and bad. It's good because you can get their attention easily. But there are downsides.

Today we heard the unmistakable sound of a flatline and the subsequent commotion. Alerts and announcements went over the sound system while the staff ran about. Someone isn't having a good evening tonight.

On the way home there was an accident blocking all traffic on Bayshore, my way "home". I was kinda pissed until I saw the crotch rocket crumpled up against the back of an SUV. I'd be surprised if he lived. I wonder if he was an organ donor?

I think I'll have to change my status to being a donor. It would be pretty damn hypocritical not to.

You never know how you're going to react to situations like these until they happen. The effects trickle down in ways you can't anticipate. I saw that motorcycle (or "donorcycle") and my eyes immediately welled up. Ordinarily I wouldn't give a shit, let alone for a suicidal guy on a rocket.

Someone died and my Dad lived. Was he/she a father/mother? They won't tell us anything other than the age, but someone's Dad or sister or son didn't make it. Someone else's family is grieving while mine rejoices.

He was in a coma for a few days and the doctors were preparing us. It's hard to even think about it. My Dad looks better now than he did before the transplant -- and believe me, elation is the overriding emotion -- but it will always be with me, when we weren't sure.

Not to get negative though. Everything is coming up roses, so it's not good to look back.


I hope everyone else is doing well. I'll be sure to report back on the party and Spamalot, which is in town.
tion -- but it will always be with me, when we weren't sure.

Not to get negative though. Everything is coming up roses, so it's not good to look back.


I hope everyone else is doing well. I'll be sure to report back on the party and Spamalot, which is in town.