Congress fighting to salvage U.S. intelligence assets from Obama cuts
By: Jim Kouri, CPP
“Cutting U.S. intelligence resources will not only impact policymakers and the military, but also federal, state and local law enforcement agencies,” said former NYPD Detective Sidney Franes, a former president of the Guardians Association.
“Let me be clear – the Intelligence Community has given until it hurts to produce budget efficiencies, but we did this without adversely affecting the mission, which is critically important,” claims Rep. Rogers.
Rogers’ committee is attempting to avert sequestration by the Obama White House, which entails across-the-board budget cuts to all defense and homeland security spending including across-the-board reductions in intelligence agencies funding.
“The across-the-board nature of the sequester means that there is very little discretion left to our intelligence agencies about how to apportion these reductions,” Rep. Rogers warned
For example, sequestration will cause thousands of intelligence officers and specialized technicians to be laid off, which would include terminating the employment of those intelligence officers and technicians working around the world, and around the clock, to stop terrorists and terrorist plots before they arrive on U.S. shores.
It would deprive first-responders such as police, fire and emergency medical services of strategic and tactical intelligence in order to avert or respond to a terrorist attack by a foreign organization or a homegrown terrorist in communication with a foreign terrorist group.
As far as technological intelligence gathering, the National Security Agency would have to significantly reduce its ability to intercept, translate and analyze terrorist communications about their plans to attack the United States and Western targets. This would significantly reduce the odds of detecting and disrupting those terrorist plots within the homeland as well as protect U.S. interests abroad.
Intelligence resources that provide tactical intelligence to U.S. soldiers and Marines in harm’s way in places such as Afghanistan would be significantly reduced.
Also, the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) would be forced to cut back the number of satellite images that it analyzes, reducing our odds of detecting significant foreign military activity, such as North Korean preparations for an attack on our troops in South Korea.
“Our intelligence agencies and the important work they do is our first line of defense against the many threats around the world to our national security. Sequestration would be dangerous and irresponsible for many reasons, not the least of which is the threat to those vital intelligence capabilities, and Congress must act to avoid it,” warned Rogers.
“The House has put an offer on the table that would avert this disaster. We passed a bill earlier this month with responsible spending reforms that will bring down the debt without endangering our national security. I urge my colleagues in the Senate to take up this bill without further delay,” Rogers noted.
Jim Kouri, CPP is currently fifth vice-president of the National Association of Chiefs of Police and he's a columnist for The Examiner (examiner.com) and New Media Alliance (thenma.org). In addition, he's a blogger for the Cheyenne, Wyoming Fox News Radio affiliate KGAB (www.kgab.com). Kouri also serves as political advisor for Emmy and Golden Globe winning actor Michael Moriarty. He's former chief at a New York City housing project in Washington Heights nicknamed "Crack City" by reporters covering the drug war in the 1980s. In addition, he served as director of public safety at a New Jersey university and director of security for several major organizations. He's also served on the National Drug Task Force and trained police and security officers throughout the country. Kouri writes for many police and security magazines including Chief of Police, Police Times, The Narc Officer and others. He's a news writer and columnist for AmericanDaily.Com, MensNewsDaily.Com, MichNews.Com, and he's syndicated by AXcessNews.Com. Kouri appears regularly as on-air commentator for over 100 TV and radio news and talk shows including Fox News Channel, Oprah, McLaughlin Report, CNN Headline News, MTV, etc. To subscribe to Kouri's newsletter write to COPmagazine@aol.com and write "Subscription" on the subject line.