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GOP Domestic Spying and “Trepidation”

Amidst the hoopla about threats to America yesterday, a Walter Pincus story about a different kind of threat to America kind of fell through the cracks. Pincus reported that the top two officials of the Counterintelligence Field Activity, CIFA, abruptly announced their resignation (effective the end of the month). Justin Rood at TPMM managed to get a copy of the resignation email, which basically described how two guys decided to resign at precisely the same time.

For the past four years, I have beenprivileged to serve as your Director and be part of the CIFA family. Ithas been an honor to serve in that capacity. I am especially proud ofall of you and what you have accomplished for the CI Community, for theoverall CI mission, and for your co-workers here at CIFA.

Today, I want to share with you my decision to resign as Directorand retire from government service. My last day in the office will beAugust 31. I did not make this decision without trepidation, but thetime is right to move on to the next phase of my career.

Mr. Hefferon has also decided to retire, after over 31 years of federal service.[my emphasis]

So were Burtt and Hefferon ousted, or are they getting out before the Democrats get subpoena power before the Cunningham scandal exposes some new abuse on privacy while the getting is good?

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