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Intel Specialist Launches Open Source Revolution

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Robert David Steele CIA Photo

Robert David Steele and his work hold much promise to change the world, mostly due to the intelligence and perseverance of Steele himself, but partly due to the desperate need for his message and work at this time.

Some people when faced with stops or blocks in the road, are stopped or blocked, yet others climb to the top of the block and use it to launch themselves headfirst into brave new futures; like Steele. Steele, a very well respected Ex-Spy and intelligence expert, who was ignored while calling for open source intelligence, has since used those blocks to launch himself into a global revolution in the subject.

Steele’s ruthless, yet truthful assessments of the US and even global intelligence communities are laying bare the truth for all to see and it’s sending the intelligence communities into a tizzy. After all, evil only flourishes in the darkness, and it’s a pretty freaking big light that Steele is shining in.

Steele was quoted as saying “Most of what is produced through secret methods is not actually intelligence at all. It is simply secret information that is, most of the time, rather generic and therefore not actually very useful for making critical decisions at a government level. The National Security Agency (NSA) has not prevented any terrorist incidents. CIA cannot even get the population of Syria correct and provides no intelligence – decision-support – to most cabinet secretaries, assistant secretaries, and department heads. Indeed General Tony Zinni, when he was commander in chief of the US Central Command as it was at war, is on record as saying that he received, ‘at best,’ a meagre 4% of what he needed to know from secret sources and methods.”

Steele’s argument against secrecy and for openness is a rather logical one based on the fact that the current system of secrecy only benefits the few, to the detriment of the masses. It is a system he says which cannot make critical decisions. These decisions Steele says should be made by an open society, with the wisdom of the elders in that society, and he makes a very valuable point here.

Steele is promoting Open Source Everything, which incidentally is the name of one of his books. He calls for open source intelligence, government, software, hardware, farming, small business, patents, copyrights, data access, money, society, and deliberation. It’s a radical idea, but radical problems sometimes call for “radical” solutions.

Steele’s message, especially in light of the fact that he actually knows of what he speaks, offers much hope for the promise of a better world.

“The national security state is rooted in secrecy as a means of avoiding accountability. My first book, On Intelligence: Spies and Secrecy in an Open World – which by the way had a foreword from Senator David Boren, the immediate past chairman of the Senate Select Committee for Intelligence – made it quite clear that the national security state is an expensive, ineffective monstrosity that is simply not fit for purpose. In that sense, the national security state is it’s own worst enemy – it’s bound to fail.”

Steele’s books can be purchased on Amazon.

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