Terror has struck close to home with an attempted beheading and stabbing of a couple in Roanoke, Virginia, on Aug. 20 (“FBI probing stabbing in Virginia where suspect shouted ‘Allahu akbar,’” Web, Aug. 23). Although the FBI is aware of the perpetrator’s recent attempt to join the Islamic State in Syria and his proclamation of “Allahu Akbar” as he committed his savage attack, they apparently cannot determine a motive for his actions.
I am a former employee at the CIA, and since the topic is being so distorted by politicians I feel compelled to give the American public a better understanding of how classified material is handled in the intelligence community. Material is usually classified Confidential, Secret or Top Secret due to its content, but some material is automatically classified upon collection due to the collection method used.
The simple fact that North Korea is developing nuclear weapons, no matter how far along it is in the process, calls into question how secure our country really is (“Fourth North Korean nuclear test shows need for harsh, sustained sanctions — not diplomacy,” Web, Aug. 22).
For years, the Republican National Committee and conservative candidates have been reaching out to the American black voter. Ken Mehlman and Mike Steele conducted major outreach campaigns while at the RNC.
Controversial new Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has been hugely successful in combating drug dealers. Unfortunately the tactics he uses to do so are often highly illegal.