DEI in the Intelligence Community Prompts National Security Concerns

Evan Poellinger | April 3, 2024
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Revelations of how Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) ideology is being practiced in America’s intelligence community is raising concerns about the state of the nation’s national security apparatus.

The Daily Wire reported that a newsletter was distributed among the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and other intelligence agencies contains an account of an intelligence officer who described himself as “a man who likes to wear women’s clothes sometimes” and claimed that cross-dressing made him more effective at his job. The newsletter, put together by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, was designated “for official use only” and was obtained by Daily Wire via a Freedom of Information Act request.

The cross-dressing newsletter represents only one example of DEI’s ideological tenets manifesting within the newsletter itself and the intelligence community at large. The newsletter also documents commonly-used language within the intelligence community that it claims is problematic in nature. These include examples such as “blacklisted, cakewalk, brown bag, grandfathered, and sanity check.” The newsletter says that “blacklisted” made the list because it “implies black is bad and white is good.” Another example raised in the newsletter concerns referring to terrorists as “radical Islamists,” because “these terms incorrectly suggest that Islamic beliefs somehow condone the actions and rhetoric espoused by these foreign terrorist organizations.”

The spread of DEI among American intelligence organizations has raised concerns about effectiveness and disunity within the intelligence community. Bruce Fein, a lawyer and constitutional law specialist, recently expressed his strong opposition to DEI in intelligence organizations on the Armstrong Williams show.



Fein referred to DEI as “dangerous,” and “an idea of tribalism, that what counts is not your character and your accomplishments, but some extraneous feature.” Fein said, adding that “it is a clear earmark of divisiveness, rather than the unity that we all stand together behind the Constitution, we sink or swim together.” Fein concluded that the “infectious disease” of DEI “needs to be gotten rid of. We have one standard: merit. Character and accomplishments determine your station in life. We don’t care about anything else.”

For Fein and others, in order for America’s intelligence apparatus to function properly, it needs to begin prioritizing national security, instead of praising crossdressing and canceling allegedly offensive language.