Financial gains it it worth compromising one’s integrity
Why do human beings put so much idealistic value on financial gains believing that they are so important making it so easy to compromise their dignity and integrity.
Everyone who made the choice to join the security service is aware that a certain protocol is established , documents are signed to protect the service its personnel and their secret. If you choose to become a part of this then you are honour bound to respect the integrity of the organisation and in particular, allegiance to your colleagues.
The Elite forces the Navy Seals and the SAS is a brotherhood and from everything that is known about these organizations one of the things that keep them so effective is the fact that they vigorously keep all their clandestine activities secret, undertake their responsibilities out of the public domain, so when any aspects of their protocol is disclosed it not only leave them vulnerable but compromise their abilities and put life and mission at risk.
When Matt Bissonette joined the Navy Seals he would have signed an agreement not to divulge military secrets and he is well aware that any mission information, particularly that has to do with the death of Osama bin Laden, especially in the form of a novel would most likely become a best seller as the public crave to know how the world’s number one terrorist met his demise.
Whether one agrees or disagree in my opinion government need to, especially in terms of security protocols be allowed some modicum of secrecy , that is the reason that they create organizations to carry out these activities. As part of that organisation you do not get to pick and choose which part of the secret you will keep and which you will blab in a book.
Freedom of speech is paramount in a democratic society but when you join the armed forces or branches of the security service you forfeit some of those rights of which one is well aware the moment they enlist, if you cannot work within the remit, do not become a part of that way of life.
Throughout history there are those who operate in the security service that are privy to information and suddenly get a pang of guilt and believe that the public should be made aware of the information. The classic example is currently that of Bradley Manning and Julian Assange. What have both of these individuals gained Bradley Manning on trial and for all the information that Julian Assange put into the public domain, he he’s holed up in the Ecuadorian Embassy unable to leave the protection of the embassy as he would be arrested by the British, extradite to Sweden to stand trial for alleged sexual assault.
They have both ruined their way of life, there are those that will see them as heroes and those that will see them as traitors. The overwhelming fact is for all the public bravado I do not see them marching in their thousands defending the rights of both these individuals. Perhaps that is something that the other needs to bear in mind when they decide to unleash secret and privilege information to the general public.