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Another agency would be responsible for “ensuring a sufficient counterintelligence protection against foreign political influence operations and against the infiltration of U.S. public diplomacy programs by foreign agents of influence.” He cites the documented fact that during the Cold War, “protection against infiltration at such institutions” as Radio Free Europe and Voice of America “was always weak.” This agency could also counter “attempts by Islamists to secure a foothold of Shariah law” in the United States.

Mr. Lenczowski thinks it is way past time to start the national conversation on the tall order he proposes.

Wes Vernon’s career in journalism included 25 years with CBS Radio. His column appears regularly at