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Thanks Ern.

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On 23/04/2014 06:14, Ern Reynolds wrote:
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> The *Alarm Channel *is a virtual conduit for information of a special 
> narrow type. (Virtual means in existence intangibly.)  Designed for 
> very occasional use, this conduit carries a signal that bypasses all 
> normally-operating structures.  It is only suitable for emergency 
> alerts; this conduit must not be overused.  It carries a warning to 
> the executive that physiological limits of the system have been 
> dangerously exceeded, and that a crash is imminent.  For the good of 
> the system, the *Alarm Channel *does not respect the chain of command, 
> but goes from the bottom of the hierarchy straight and unfiltered to 
> the top of the organization.  No competent system worthy of the name 
> can long survive without having an *Alarm Channel *designed in, and 
> robustly available for very sparing use.
>
> When the *Alarm Channel *is compromised or lacking entirely, an 
> individual who wants to believe in the weakened system may have to go 
> outside it. One path is through the environment provided by the news 
> media.  Another path is via litigation.  Such relief lags, and often 
> comes too late.
>
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>
> Retired US Air Force Lieutenant General James Robert Clapper, Jr. has 
> blundered into forbidding the existence of the *Alarm Channel* for use 
> by anyone in the US Executive Branch intelligence community.
>
> His blunder attempts to block Ashby's Law (only variety can destroy 
> variety).  On March 20, 2014, Clapper in his civilian capacity as 
> Director of National Intelligence issued Intelligence Community 
> Directive 119.  Its explicit content restricts to a tightly confined 
> list of intelligence officials the authority to converse or otherwise 
> communicate with anyone connected with news media.
>
> Doing so was formerly permitted any intelligence official, so long as 
> the subject matter was /un/classified.  But IC Directive 119 now 
> required pre-clearance before mentioning /any intelligence-related/ 
> topic, whether classified or not.  Accidental or unplanned chats with 
> a media person must all be reported after the fact.
>
> Violations will be deemed automatic security breaches, which raise the 
> specter of security clearance revocation, firing, and imprisonment.  
> ICD 119 if enforced guarantees that only siloed blinkered 
> _un_surprising reports are supposed to reach the officials responsible 
> for national security.
>
> Providing history, context, or background for anything remotely having 
> to do with intelligence is henceforth career-limiting, by fiat.  In 
> other words, the pool of people supposed to furnish advice and counsel 
> to the Congress, the Judiciary, or the citizenry about national 
> security topics has been cut way down to just a handful of inside 
> experts.  The latter are certain to be victims of groupthink, in a 
> cabal where skepticism is deemed subversive.
>
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