Keep our Secrets Safe
Damato, Anthony A
a-damato at northwestern.edu
Sat Apr 3 02:06:56 EST 2004
At 04:19 PM 3/30/2004, Diana Wilson wrote:
>Where then is Joe Mc Carthy when we need him?
REPLY: McCarthy pushed the view that the Soviets stole our atomic bomb
secrets which was why we had to ferret out Communists from among Hollywood
screen writers. At most, the Soviets got a two-year jump on manufacturing
nuclear weapons from the US secrets (Rosenberg et al). In the long run it
was irrelevant. And what secrets did the Soviets steal from us that
enabled them to launch Sputnik? How have a half-dozen or so other nations
managed to develop nuclear weapons and missiles? Did they all steal from
the United States?
We should turn the intelligence operation from fantasies about keeping
secrets to the two things that intelligence is really good for: (a)
locating all weapons that can be used against us, and (b) reporting the
exact interface between our military and political goals.
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