Friday, January 24, 2014

Believe Me, We Are Awash in Anonymity

“. . . a senior counterterrorism official, who, like half a dozen other top intelligence, law enforcement and diplomatic officials interviewed for this article, spoke on the condition of anonymity because he did not want to be identified discussing delicate national security issues.” (Bolding was in the original article) 

(From Syria Militants Said to Recruit Visiting Americans to Attack U.S., New York Times, Jan. 9, 2013, Michael S. Schmidt and Eric Schmidt. Subsequently quoted in more than a dozen other online commentaries.)
Seven Haiku For Anonymity
by Jim Rapp

is the refuge of cowards,
puffers, and scammers.

in the hand of a coward
is a back street mugging

in the hand of a puffer
is a poised dagger

in the hand of a scammer
steals a poor man’s wealth

in the hand of the righteous
is a sacred trust

in the cause of good corrupts
the good cause it serves

Transparency is
truth: anonymity is
a veil, shielding lies

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