Welcome to the real world, dj. This is the business and behavior of every gov’t in the world.
How the hell did you come to this particularly idiotic conclusion, One World? Have you any clue just what Hanssen did? As a sworn servant of the United States, tasked with the mission of countering foreign spys, he violated his sworn word, violated the law it was his job to uphold, and materially damaged the ablity of the US to determine the intentions and capabilities for nations that are at least rivals, and may harbor ill-will towards the US. This didn’t just affect efforts in the former Soviet Union, but globally, as one of the few items of trade a case officer has is trust. Who will spy for an agency that can’t protect the identities of it’s spys?
By punishing spys severly, the message is not “we’re better than everyone else” (I still can’t believe you posted something so blatantly stupid), but rather: “Don’t aid our rivals, don’t damage our security”.
Again, I say: Be honest and balanced, or get your head taken off.
Hanssen has violated laws that call for death, and he did it for fun. He is scum, among the lowest possible forms of life. Had he done this for France, he’d still be a traitorous scum. Had he been Russian, and been selling his info to the US, he’d have still been traitorous scum, but he’d have useful to us. Just as he was useful to the Russians. I don’t blame the Russians: They were doing what every responsible gov’t does: Collect information on risks to their security.
Grow-up One World. Spying is the business of nations, and I don’t blame them for trying. It is our gov’t’s job to limit the effectiveness of other country’s spys and to increase the effectiveness of our own. Likewise for every other gov’t on earth. Treason by our own makes this hard. Treason by others make this easy. Traitors are scum (even when useful), and Hanssen is an arch-traitor, and didn’t have any justifying motive that can make me hate him even a little bit less.
Yes, this is a fairly hipocritical stance, but it’s unavoidable in this modern world, if you have any knowledge of how the world really works, and wish your country to not be at a disadvantage. Deal with it.