The Tangled Web

As I noted in my book, I had two choices: Leave the US army or go to Vietnam. I stayed, because I was proud to be an officer, and because I believed in our mission in Europe. As part of a mighty NATO army, we were keeping the Soviet Bloc forces at bay, and defending "Western Civilization". Then, I found out that OUR army was tapping the telephone lines of our Senators and Congressmen: Once a week I reported to a major in the "operations" section of our division. Normally, he would glance at my transcripts of the security violations in our headquarters, and I would answer his questions about that report. After I extended my tour of duty, and immediately received orders for combat in Vietnam, he wanted to talk. He smiled as he asked me to have a seat next to his desk: "In case I don't have an opportunity to speak to you before you leave, I just want to tell you that I am very proud of you. A lot of our officers are leaving our army, and sometimes I think that our country is tearing itself apart. Students are demonstrating against the draft, and some of them are even desecrating our American flag. I wonder, whether any of them can imagine what it is like to live under communism."He glanced briefly at the documents I had brought. "You know, these remind me of my last assignment: I was in charge of a small group of soldiers who were tapping the telephone lines of our senators and congressmen in Washington, D.C. I remember that my mouth must have dropped open, because he added quickly: "Well, not all of them. My unit was much too small for that. Just the ones who had spoken out against the war."
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