What the intel agencies don’t like to admit is that there is a major shortage of Arabic speaking analysts with major Internet skills. The irregulars fill this gap. Why don’t the intel agencies hire these irregulars? In a few cases, this has happened. But most frequently the irregulars prefer to remain irregulars. Some could not tolerate the “top secret” atmosphere of an intel agency. Some could not pass the entry tests (for personality, security, or whatever reasons), and others already have careers they are happy with, and prefer to leave the sleuthing as a part time activity.
What the .gov/.mil Strategic Communications/Public Affairs/Perception Management apparat doesn’t like to admit two years later is that they fear the “Loyal Opposition’s” punishment for defending the minds of the American voter from efforts to influence their emotions, motives, objective reasoning, and behavior more than they value any rewards or tokens of appreciation likely to be bestowed upon them in the next ten months.