Mission and priorities
Mission of Americans for Intelligence Reform (AIR)
- To depoliticize and de-weaponize our intelligence agencies. Our intelligence agencies need to be retooled to serve the national security of the United States, instead of certain domestic and/or foreign political agendas as we have recently seen.
- To restore the ability of our intelligence workers to identify who our enemies are by eliminating political correctness and other ideologies from intelligence analysis.
- To improve educational standards within each intelligence agency so that intelligence workers assigned to work a particular country, or region of the world, actually know something about that country or region—including its history, religion(s), and politics.
- Require of all political appointees to upper-level positions in our intelligence agencies to attend a series of briefings and/or classes given by subject matter experts on each major area of the world—before they are allowed to take up their positions. This will give these individuals the tools they need to more properly brief the President and/or members of Congress about national security issues when called upon to do so.
- Restore the practice of espionage to the CIA so that adequate human intelligence (humint) can be provided to the analysts at Headquarters. The Obama era policy of eliminating our humint capabilities while forcing the U.S. to depend entirely on allies or “partners” for humint leaves U.S. analysts hostage to the “good will” of those allies and/or “partners.” Humint, sigint, and osint are the three pillars supporting the intelligence structure. Remove anyone of those pillars and the entire edifice comes tumbling down, along with our ability to perform proper analysis of events and issues.
These five steps will vastly improve the ability of our intel analysts in all of our agencies to do their jobs, and ensure that the super grades at the top are getting valid, correct information. It will thus prevent their being surprised by events such as 9/11, the rise of ISIS, Orlando, San Bernadino, Ft. Hood and many others, as we have seen recently.
In recent years, The CIA has become far more involved in advancing a political agenda and has become involved in domestic political issues. The CIA has lost sight of the reason for it’s own existence and that is to obtain valuable intelligence using espionage to protect the United States of America, its citizens and also represent the policies of our Nation overseas.
Americans for Intelligence Reform is actively working with U.S. policy makers and many others who are concerned with our National Security to make America safe, strong and free. We actively pursue legislation and new Congressional oversight initiatives to ensure our safety and keep America strong and free.
A past priority for AIR was to change the US policy which publicly categorized many terrorist attacks taking place in the United States as ‘lone wolf’ attacks. This AIR initiative completely upturned the dialog in United States government reporting and mainstream media coverage and was a stunning achievement for AIR. For the first time for any organization or media, AIR publicly pointed out the inconsistencies and outright lies used to manipulate the public into thinking lone wolf attacks are something other than organized radical Islamic terrorism. AIR explained and documented how terrorist groups such as ISIS take full credit for the attacks and have pre-recorded video confessions from the attackers who pledge their allegiance to ISIS. Also detailed evidence showing how ISIS and Al-Qaeda troll the internet looking for susceptible individuals willing to carry off such attacks. AIR detailed how instructions are published by ISIS and Al-Qaeda on how to carry off such attacks and how the terrorist methodology was repeated scores of times on a worldwide bases killing many hundreds of innocent individuals. AIR is directly responsible for bringing the truth to light in the United States which eventually spread to the rest of the West.
Brad Johnson – Retired CIA operations officer and multiple-time Chief of Station (COS).
President of Americans for Intelligence Reform.