"Even more damaging are comments that impugn the tens of thousands of Americans who are at work every day of the year, many in great physical danger, to protect us and to provide our national leadership — regardless of political party — with the best information possible," Schiff said Saturday.
"Perhaps, once he has taken office, Mr. Trump will go to the CIA and look at the rows of memorial stars in the lobby — each representing a fallen officer — and reflect on his disparagement of the intelligence community's work," he said.
I'm no Democrat--not by a long shot--but the Democrat who made that statement is exactly right. His words do not apply only to Donald Trump; they apply equally to those of you I've heard trashing the CIA and the broader intelligence community and even personally insulting those who work in that capacity.
Many of you who say these things are quick to realize the sacrifice made on your behalf by those who are buried at Arlington National Cemetery, yet you fail to realize that the same sacrifice has been made on your behalf by many in the intelligence community.
Their sacrifices may not be memorialized in Arlington, but they have their own solemn memorial in the stars on lobby wall in the CIA's headquarters. They are there without names and without recognition.
Never forget the good work that our intelligence officials do protecting you and this country--even when you insult them and portray them as the true threat. It takes a true hero to work long hours for too little pay in order to defend people who do not appreciate it and who have no idea of the sacrifice involved.
You'd do well to remember that these people are your fellow Americans. They are largely good, patriotic people with families they wish they could see whenever they wanted. They aren't playing politics; they're playing a game of life or death because they believe in this country and in your cause.
Some in the Intelligence field also believe in the principles that we espouse here: Peace, Tolerance, Free Markets, Individualism and Limited Government.
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