Hopefully the events over the weekend gave everyone a chance to fully understand the meaning of these worlds that we hear so often we forget their meaning.
New details have emerged on the active-duty United States Naval officer who is accused of espionage and facing multiple charges for allegedly passing secrets to China.More, including the charging documents, at USNINews.
Lt. Cmdr. Edward Lin worked as a flight officer on ... the EP-3E Reconnaissance.
Heavily redacted charge documents accuse Lin with five counts of espionage and attempted espionage, three counts of making false official statements and five counts of communicating defense information "to a person not entitled to receive said information."
Lin is also charged with engaging in prostitution and adultery while on active duty, which is also a violation of military law.
Originally from Taiwan, Lin didn't become a U.S. citizen until 2008. The United States Naval Institute reports Lin has been in custody since last summer. A recommendation may be made to move the case to trial.
If found guilty of one of the most serious espionage charges, Lin could face the death penalty.
noun1. reliance on the integrity, strength, ability, surety, etc., of a person or thing; confidence.2. confident expectation of something; hope.3. confidence in the certainty of future payment for property or goods received; credit:to sell merchandise on trust.4. a person on whom or thing on which one relies: God is my trust.5. the condition of one to whom something has been entrusted.6. the obligation or responsibility imposed on a person in whomconfidence or authority is placed: a position of trust.7. charge, custody, or care: to leave valuables in someone's trust.
confidence[kon-fi-duh ns]You do not have to know the background of what VQ(P) or VPU do, there is enough in open source to draw an outline for the novice. You just need to be a student of history to know that signals intelligence are the keys to the castle and is a war-winning asset. Throw in sources and methods, you don’t just have the keys, you have the architectural drawings as well.
noun1. full trust; belief in the powers, trustworthiness, or reliability of a person or thing:We have every confidence in their ability to succeed.2. belief in oneself and one's powers or abilities; self-confidence; self-reliance; assurance: His lack of confidence defeated him.3. certitude; assurance: He described the situation with such confidence that the audience believed him completely.4. a secret that is confided or imparted trustfully: The friends exchanged many confidences over the years.5. (especially in European politics) the wish to retain an incumbent government in office, as shown by a vote in a particular issue: a vote of confidence.6. presumption; impudence: Her disdainful look crushed the confidence of the brash young man.Archaic. something that gives confidence; ground of trust.
We will learn much more about this sad affair as this moves forward, along with the details of this disgraced officer’s background and how he was recruited and used by his handlers.
Use this as an opportunity to rededicate yourself to give a little more patience to our security requirements. As frustrating as they can be. As slow and plodding they may seem. As much of an inconvenience they may be. They are there to in some way protect our nation’s most critical secrets from what is an unending wave of acts of commission and omission that give those who wish our nation harm information that in time of war could cost hundreds of thousands of deaths, and national defeat.
They often do not get the whole puzzle, but they get a piece here, a piece there, and they try to put it all together. Sometimes, a traitorous person gives them most of the edge-pieces or a central mass already put together. Other times they exploit things like classified information on unsecured email to gather a bunch of individual bits at one time, some connected, some not - but they help them flesh it all out.
We need to have a cold, hard heart in situations such as this Lin affair. There can be no mercy. There can be no excuses. An example must be made. May it be so here.
A final note of congratulations to our Chinese competitors - well done. However you did this, you did it well. I offer a professional nod of respect. Hopefully, we have done better on your end. Hopefully we will stop your next recruitment of a traitor.
Hope is a horrible plan, but it is what I have for now.