LETTER: Real danger Flynn episode represents

To the Editor:

President Trump’s National Security Advisor, Michael Flynn, resigned within a month of taking office. All part of a great deceptive kerfuffle about contacts with Russia. I would suggest this will lead to the same place as chasing a second gunman on the grassy knoll. The Left may take solace in exacting a scalp from the Administration. But if one steps back to look at the big picture, this episode lays bare a struggle beneath the surface, which if not curtailed could actually deal a mortal blow to our free constitutional republic.

It has now been revealed to all of us watching that within the U.S. intelligence community i.e. the NSA, CIA, FBI there are hardened progressive and traditional cells. This certainly does not comprise all agents, but most likely small numbers of ideologues willing to break the law and leak for publication, classified information about public officials and American citizens. Why — simply because they disagree ideologically with either the president (their boss), or a major candidate for federal office. This is critically different from the average bureaucrat “leaking” information on a federal program. Make no mistake, these intelligence leaks of wiretapped Americans are illegal. This battle within the “permanent government,” which ignores and defies the authority of its chain of command, does indeed pose a mortal threat to our constitutional republic.

Defenders of these leaks say the “leakers” are acting in defense of the Constitution. That is a supreme deception. Had it existed, the “leakers” would have revealed the detrimental or illegal text of Flynn’s conversations — none was forthcoming, or will be. And the hostile political operatives masquerading as journalists know that. The conversations never carried any illegal content. That’s probably news to many. Because I’m sure most of those reading this letter don’t know that the FBI already investigated Flynn about his conversations with the Russian ambassador, and the FBI advised Friday, 2/17 that they “do not expect to pursue charges against Michael Flynn.” We must recognize, the republic can not long withstand a public battle between factions of the permanent government holding the most confidential secrets of its citizens.

Bob MacGuffie

Fairfield

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