ELDER PATRIOT – Highly decorated Jerry Boykin spent 36 years in the military, thirteen years as a Delta Force Operator including two years as the unit’s commanding officer. He has also served as Undersecretary of Defense for Intelligence. He is truly an American hero and very well versed on the importance of properly handling classified information.
Yesterday he called for Hillary Clinton’s indictment after it was learned that Mrs. Clinton had exchanged numerous names that had been marked with B3 CIA PERS/POG designations. Then Secretary of State Clinton had callously disregarded her responsibility to protect intelligence sources and methods by using an unsecure private email server rather than the official State Department system that she was bound by law to do.
As a part of many covert operations from the 1980 Iranian hostage rescue to the Black Hawk Down incident in Mogadishu, General Boykin understands better than anyone the need for absolute secrecy if there’s to be any chance for mission success.
“There are two very important principles associated with national security and the intelligence community. One is the protection of sources and methods. And the other one is called ‘the need to know.’ You don’t have access to information that you don’t really need to know about and you are responsible for protecting the sources that are used for the collection of intelligence and the methods that are used. Those are fundamental. They are, in fact, in statute,” General Boykin advised.
“The lives that have been endangered – look, most people think that our sources are compromised by spies. No. Our sources can be compromised by the mishandling of classified information that gives…China and Russia and even North Korea access through cyber attacks to the names of the people that are helping us and the sources and methods that we’re using to get that intelligence. People can be killed as a result of that,” the general said.
Whether Mrs. Clinton is indicted or not the American people must weigh her repeated and callous disregard for the men and women of America’s military when deciding if she’s the person they want to risk making their Commander in Chief.