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May 8th, 2012
09:42 PM ET

Letters to the President #1205: 'The secret is out'

Reporter's Note: I write to the White House with the single minded dedication of a prisoner. Not that I am in prison, but sometimes when I’m in the office too much I can get a little stir crazy…but you don’t want to hear about my problems.

Dear Mr. President,

I’ve always thought that the first secret to successfully keeping a secret is not letting anyone know that you have a secret. So you can imagine how surprised I am to learn that somehow we’ve let the news slip out that our recent success in stopping another underwear bomber is the work of a double agent.

Allegedly some person working for the CIA infiltrated Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (note to terrorists: c’mon, get a new name…this one is way too long and derivative) and this was the guy who brought that bomb to us. That is good news in a national security sense, no doubt about it. But I’m not sure it’s a good thing that we are allowing part of our playbook to be exposed this way. I mean, don’t you think we might want to sneak some double agent into some terrorist group again?

Now, I realize there could be a bright side to the exposure. If you make terror groups a little fearful that their own members might be spies in disguise, so much the better. But I can’t help but think this story will just make them tighten up their security, making it even harder to get a double agent into place again.

I’m not placing blame on anyone specifically for this information getting out, because at least at the moment the source seems murky. Still, the mere fact that anyone with knowledge of this operation started blabbering seems like a bad idea.

Sure, it’s interesting, but is this a good thing for us to know…with so many bombers and so many other bombs presumably still ahead?

Let me know your thoughts if you get a moment. I always have my phone on, as you know.

Btw- Did you see the Caps overtime loss last night to the Rangers? Arghhh…so frustrating.

Regards,
Tom

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