God, Country, Honor

God, Country, Honor

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Bradley Johnson, Featured Contributor, Retired Career Senior Operations Officer and Chief of Station with the Central Intelligence Agency’s Directorate of Operations

Several years after retiring from a 25-year career with the CIA, I started a company which often works with the US Military. As many of you may be aware, the military has a custom of challenge coins, a self-designed coin which represents the unit and its traditions. It soon became very common to exchange coins between units and the custom has grown to include almost every government and law enforcement agency and even many associations or private companies. It has even spread to other countries.

Several years after retiring from a 25-year career with the CIA, I started a company which often works with the US Military. As many of you may be aware, the military has a custom of challenge coins, a self-designed coin which represents the unit and its traditions. It soon became very common to exchange coins between units and the custom has grown to include almost every government and law enforcement agency and even many associations or private companies. It has even spread to other countries.      

Doing business with the military, it made sense to design a coin of my own. Having a company logo, it became the front of the coin. The back however required thought. I chose the American Eagle for the center and ultimately, I selected the words God, Country, Honor to surround it because they were the words that I carried with me overseas often during periods of armed conflict. I immediately received pushback for the selection of these words.

Honor. Taking personal responsibility for what you do and say, knowing the difference between right and wrong. If given too much change in a store, do you return the extra money? Do you balance other responsibilities to dedicate the time and energy to your family and loved ones they deserve from you? Do you treat your friends fairly and with respect? Do you defend yourself and others when they are wronged? Perhaps small things but this is where honor is nurtured and grows. Bravery is often born from honor, the ability to act even though you are afraid or disadvantaged. Chick-fil-A fast food restaurants are closed on Sundays to allow employees to attend church services and spend Sundays with their family and friends. To do this they give up the revenue they would earn on what is one of the largest sales days and suffer wide spread criticism from the left. Brave and honorable behavior. 

Country. US exceptionalism springs from The US Constitution, a document which represents something much more than just ourselves and is the greatest document ever written by man for man. I would be happy to accept the argument that there was a healthy dose of divine inspiration included. I swore an oath to uphold and protect the Constitution which is under constant assault by many on the left here in the US who would undermine it. Although retired from the CIA, I am still dedicated to this purpose. It provides the framework of freedom which has given rise to more individual wealth and social justice than at any other time in the history of mankind. Those laws and freedoms that let us live our lives as we wish, to keep the fruits of our labor, to be the best we can be, all flow from our Constitution. Even though we as individuals will be forgotten, our efforts even now are a beacon of light all around the world and this light will shine for some 1,000 years out into the future and inspire greater peace and prosperity for our distant descendants.  

God. Oddly the word that should require the least comment, instead engenders the most pushback. In the simplest of terms, religion is a belief system which among other things, provides a moral compass. Very active leftist Atheist and Agnostic groups in the United States wish to eradicate Christianity from any visible place in our culture. Even if one should choose a life without religion and to ignore the first four of the ten commandments, why throw out the moral teachings as well? Honor your parents? Don’t lie, steal, commit murder or adultery or covet that which is not yours? I personally refer to these building block concepts of faith as "core values" and having a place in our culture should be supported by all.

The central mission of the CIA is to recruit people to spy for us and provide information that we have no other way to obtain. The activity is Human Intelligence (HUMINT) or espionage and is a key capability which impacts almost every aspect of National Security and is an important part of keeping our country safe. When HUMINT sources or spies are recruited both the CIA officer and the individual often put their lives at risk. Both the ability to successfully ask someone to take these sorts of risks and working through the moral and ethical questions to accomplish this are directly linked to core values. This can be summed up in a simple question, why would someone trust you with his/her life if they cannot see in you a core faith that makes you reliable and trustworthy whether they share your values or not. Take the word of a dedicated patriot when I say we are a better and safer place for these three little words.  

ABOUT the author: Mr. Bradley Johnson is a retired Career Senior Operations Officer and Chief of Station with the Central Intelligence Agency’s Directorate of Operations and currently serves as the editor in chief of The Institute for Security through Intelligence.

With the CIA he served almost exclusively abroad in numerous assignments, often during periods of armed conflict as well as in direct support of the War against Terrorism.

He is a certified senior expert in Counterintelligence issues with extensive direct experience. He has proven expertise in dangerous operational environments with the highest level of training and extensive direct experience in related tradecraft as well as in denied operational environments (most difficult and restrictive) with the highest level of training offered anywhere in the USG and extensive direct experience.

Mr. Johnson managed the overseas portion of the Persons Indicted For War Crimes (PIFWC) program. He served overseas as Chief of Station multiple times and is a senior expert in surveillance and surveillance detection issues, covert action programs and in joint liaison operations.

Mr. Johnson has done many interviews and speaking engagements including the Vicki McKenna show, the Kate Dalley show, Patrick Henry College, Center for Security Policy, National Security Institute’s IMPACT forum, VladTepesBlog, Franklin Initiative at Judicial Watch, America’s Survival, Victory Coalition conference, Secure Freedom Radio and has been quoted by name on Rush Limbaugh.

 

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Mr. Johnson has done many interviews and speaking engagements including the Vicki McKenna show, the Kate Dalley show, Patrick Henry College, Center for Security Policy, National Security Institute’s IMPACT forum, VladTepesBlog, Franklin Initiative at Judicial Watch, America’s Survival, Victory Coalition conference, Secure Freedom Radio and has been quoted by name on Rush Limbaugh

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