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Defense Employees Told to Report Suspicious Activities

A new counterintelligence directive (pdf) requires all Department of Defense personnel to report a wide range of suspicious activities and behavior to counterintelligence officials.  The directive effectively deputizes millions of military and civilian employees of the Department as counterintelligence agents or informants.  If they do not report any of the specified activities, they themselves could be subject to punitive action.

“Potential FIE [Foreign Intelligence Entity] threats to the DoD, its personnel, information, materiel, facilities, and activities, or to U.S. national security shall be reported by DoD personnel,” the new directive states.

“DoD personnel who fail to report information as required… may be subject to judicial or administrative action, or both, pursuant to applicable law and regulation,” it says.  See DoD Directive 5240.06, “Counterintelligence Awareness and Reporting,” May 17, 2011.

The directive lists numerous actions that are subject to mandatory reporting including “attempts to obtain classified or sensitive information by an individual not authorized to receive such information” and “requests for DoD information that make an individual suspicious, to include suspicious or questionable requests over the internet or SNS [social networking services].”

The directive employs the relatively new term “Foreign Intelligence Entity,” which includes non-governmental organizations based abroad that use intelligence techniques to gather US government information or to influence US policy.  The new phrase did not appear in the official Department of Defense Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms as recently as a year ago (pdf), though it is included in the latest edition of the Dictionary (pdf).

A Foreign Intelligence Entity is defined in the directive as “any known or suspected foreign organization, person, or group (public, private, or governmental) that conducts intelligence activities to acquire U.S. information, block or impair U.S. intelligence collection, influence U.S. policy, or disrupt U.S. systems and programs.  The term includes foreign intelligence and security services and international terrorists.”

4 thoughts on “Defense Employees Told to Report Suspicious Activities

  1. And so it begins, the system eats its own, the first great purge can’t be far away. Fifty years from now, there won’t be anything left of the once-mighty military-industrial complex that built America the world power.

    Game, set and match a certain white-haired alleged rapist, I believe?

  2. Presumably, this overly-broad regulation exempts activists, journalists or researchers who rely on inside sources, also known as whistleblowers, to uncover evidence of waste, fraud and abuse or even, horror of horrors, U.S. war crimes. Only kidding, of course it doesn’t! It’s aimed specifically at them.

    As is well known, in “new normal” America individuals who work to “influence US policy” (otherwise known as the political process in a democracy) are in “league” with the “terrorists” who “hate us for our freedoms”!

  3. What everybody is missing is the giant elephant in the room. China has been buying us off by the pound. Both government secrets and corporate secrets. Not to mention the crooked border patrol agents. We need to move away from the “War on Terror” thing. While everybody has been crying about the loss of rights or what ever, the big picture is getting bigger.
    Fat crooked DoD emplyee’s trying to get fatter off the trough.
    Seriously people, you really think China made a stealth fighter on their own from scratch?

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