When you walk into CIA Headquarters, there is the CIA Memorial Wall on your right.
At the top of the wall it says… “In honor of those members of the Central Intelligence Agency who gave their lives in service of their country.”
Below that are stars. One star for every life given. There are over 125 stars on the wall. One of these stars is for Darren L. Darren was an Army Ranger who later joined the CIA’s paramilitary division.
Darren was helping to recruit a Jordanian doctor who had ties to terrorists in Afghanistan. This doctor was hopefully going to provide a great deal of intelligence to the US government. There was a meeting set up along the Afghanistan-Pakistan border where several CIA officers, including Darren, would meet with this doctor.
As everyone prepared for the meeting, they had no idea that the Jordanian doctor was really a double-agent working for al Qaeda. When the doctor arrived at the meeting, he detonated the explosive vest he was wearing, killing 7 people. It was a huge tragedy to the CIA and our country losing great men and women.
It was also an unfortunate reminder of who we are dealing with… People who are so screwed up in the head that when someone comes to them and says, “hey, I want you to wear a vest that will blow up and kill you, what size are you?” These terrorists say, “sure thing, I’m a medium.”
This is why for as long as you and I are alive, our government will be fighting terrorism and brave men and women will be out there trying to stop it.
Something that Darren’s widow said that I really liked, was along the lines of…
“People need to know there are American’s out there in the shadows doing behind the scenes work. They are the sheepdogs to the sheep.”
You might not be an Army Ranger or CIA Operative or Delta Force… But, all of us can be sheepdogs. It takes a mindset that you will stand up to evil and protect others. It takes gear such as carrying concealed or carrying a knife. And, it takes training.
Luckily, all over our great nation, there are private training schools you can attend, ranging from firearms to self-defense. So, if you don’t feel like you’re a sheepdog yet, I hope you’ll change that and head in that direction soon.