Gun Control, Government Surveillance, and Military Deployment. Ask Me Anything
Hello everyone. I’m a former career intelligence officer and now author of the Into The Shadows spy series. I’ve performed a wide variety of intelligence functions including long range surveillance, interrogation and collection management. I’m also a former Director of the Presidential Emergency Operations Center in the White House under President George W. Bush. My next book, Into The Shadows Assassination Corps, will be released in Sep 2018.
My political views range from center to center left. I believe strongly that both major parties in the United States offer common sense solutions and espouse values and ideas I am drawn to.
However, I’m no fuc***ing lemming.
I think for myself and do not blindly follow political parties. For example, I’m a gun owner and strongly believe in the 2nd Amendment. I own a shotgun, Glock 19, Ruger LCP and a Tikka T3 rifle. However…….I do not favor selling assault rifles. Automatic rifles are weapons of war and individuals should not have the right to own them. A shotgun and 15 rounds of 9mm ammo is enough to defend my home and family.
Another political view that may raise eyebrows is that I believe the federal government has the right to monitor domestic communications. Now, before everyone freaks out, I believe FISA courts are important to ensure the system works as efficiently as possible in order to preserve individual liberty. Bottom line, security is more important to me than individual liberty. In today’s complex world, the two are incompatible.
Finally, I’m a former military intelligence officer. I am proud of my service and the men and women I was privileged to serve with. Our military is the greatest force in history---------but we are overstretched. In my opinion, we have too many soldiers deployed throughout the world. This puts a strain on them, their families, and federal budgets. It’s time for many of our military forces to come home.
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