U.S. Sen. Carl Levin (D-Mich.) made headlines this week for criticizing Director of National Intelligence James R. Clapper Jr. for his role in the National Security Agency spy scandal for weeks now. If the long-time senator truly wants to know more about the nation’s top intelligence official, he should read the copy of THE CLAPPER MEMO I sent to him.
Soon after it was published in early May, I forwarded a copy of my latest nonfiction book, THE CLAPPER MEMO, to Senator Levin’s office on Capitol Hill. In a reply letter dated June 4, 203, Senator Levin thanked me for sending him a copy of the book, adding, “I appreciate you thinking of me.”
In reality, I wasn’t thinking of Senator Levin when I forwarded him a copy of my book. And I wasn’t thinking of Rep. Lamar Smith (R-Texas), Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) — both of whom replied (see Congressman Smith’s letter and Senator Rubio’s Do-Not-Reply email message below) — or any of the other elected officials who received copies of the book because of their standing as members of the House and Senate Armed Services and Intelligence Committees.
When I sent copies of THE CLAPPER MEMO, I was thinking of the hundreds of Americans who’ve been wounded or killed during “Green-on-Blue” or “Insider” attacks in Afghanistan as a result of the flawed vetting process used to screen Afghan recruits before they’re allowed to serve alongside American and Coalition Forces personnel. I’m not holding my breath waiting for members of Congress to do anything productive, but I hold out hope that Americans will let them know they side with me on this matter.