Taylor Calls For Protection Of National Secrets
"We have an obligation to protect our country from terrorists and we cannot allow classified information to get in the wrong hands"
WACO- Van Taylor, a successful businessman who served as a Captain in the U.S. Marine Corps and fought in the war to liberate Iraq, today praised efforts to protect classified intelligence.
"As a marine intelligence officer with a top secret clearance I know first hand the importance of protecting America's secrets. The Bush administration must pursue and prosecute people who knowingly violate U.S. law by leaking or disseminating classified materials. We have an obligation to protect our country from terrorists and we cannot allow classified information to get in the wrong hands," Taylor said.
Van Taylor served 10 years in the United States Marine Corps and led a reconnaissance platoon in Iraq. He graduated from Military Intelligence Officer School at Fort Huachuca, Arizona as The Marine Honor Graduate. Taylor served as an intelligence officer and held a Top Secret Compartmentalized Clearance. He was responsible for handling classified materials.
As a Captain, Taylor led missions behind enemy lines for the 4500 Marine Task Force Tarawa, including the leadership of the Task Force's first platoon to enter Iraq before the start of the main invasion and knows first hand the importance of quality intelligence and the necessity to keep such information classified.
Taylor's platoon encountered, and defeated, several Fedayeen ambushes, participated in the operation to rescue American P.O.W. Jessica Lynch and rescued 31 wounded men-under-fire during a counter attack by several thousand Iraqi soldiers. He was awarded the Navy Commendation Medal with "V" for Valor, the Combat Action Ribbon, and the Presidential Unit Citation
The recent leak of classified information regarding the National Security Agency's intelligence gathering on international terrorists prompted Taylor's remarks.