Inside the Gates: the Enemy [UPDATED]

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Inside the Gates: the Enemy [UPDATED]

by baldilocks

After pre­vi­ously deny­ing it, James Clap­per admit­ted that the FBI “might have been” spy­ing on the Trump campaign.

Real Clear Pol­i­tics:

For­mer Direc­tor of National Intel­li­gence James Clap­per told CNN’s Don Lemon Thurs­day night that the president’s claim that the Obama admin­is­tra­tion spied on his cam­paign is “hyper­bole” but if it is true, it is a “good thing.”

They [the Obama admin’s FBI] may have had some­one who was talk­ing to them in the cam­paign, but, you know, the focus here… is not on the cam­paign, per se, but what the Rus­sians were doing,” Clap­per said.

But if there was an intel­li­gence agent “observ­ing” the Trump campaign’s inter­ac­tions with Rus­sia, “that’s a good thing because the Rus­sians posed a threat to the very basis of our polit­i­cal system.”

If true? He doesn’t know? Yeah, okay. Clap­per was Obama’s DNI.

Yes­ter­day, Sharyl Attkisson pointed out that the cor­rup­tion in our intel­li­gence agen­cies long pre­cedes the exis­tence of Don­ald Trump’s pres­i­den­tial campaign.

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These intel­li­gence shenani­gans aren’t new to any­one who has read Legacy of Ashes: The His­tory of the CIA.

It has been a num­ber of years since I read it, and, at 702 pages, the hard­back ver­sion def­i­nitely qual­i­fies as a tome. How­ever, I read it, cour­tesy of the Los Ange­les Pub­lic Library, very rapidly due to great and build­ing amaze­ment. And by amaze­ment, I mean hor­ror. This entity of the gov­ern­ment, allegedly ded­i­cated to our secu­rity, is and has always been a fail­ure. Or at least that’s what I thought at the time.

Now that I have become more cyn­i­cal and more para­noid, it seems to me that the agency, the OSS(the CIA’s World War II incar­na­tion) and all the other inves­tiga­tive arms of the gov­ern­ment — includ­ing the longer-​standing FBI — have been very suc­cess­ful at doing what they were cre­ated to do.

The CIA and all of the other intel­li­gence agen­cies exist to Keep the Gates. Gath­er­ing them all under the DNI ban­ner made that eas­ier, or so it seemed.

But their gates aren’t the same gates as our gates. That is certain.

What a waste.

RELATED: The CIA’s Long List of Failures

UPDATE: Con­firmed: John Bren­nan Col­luded With For­eign Spies to Defeat Trump

An arti­cle in the Guardian last week pro­vides more con­fir­ma­tion that [Pres­i­dent Obama’s Direc­tor of Cen­tral Intel­li­gence] John Bren­nan was the Amer­i­can prog­en­i­tor of polit­i­cal espi­onage aimed at defeat­ing Don­ald Trump. One side did col­lude with for­eign pow­ers to tip the elec­tion — Hillary’s.

Seek­ing to retain his posi­tion as CIA direc­tor under Hillary, Bren­nan teamed up with British spies and Eston­ian spies to crip­ple Trump’s can­di­dacy. He used their phony intel­li­gence as a pre­text for a multi-​agency inves­ti­ga­tion into Trump, which led the FBI to probe a com­puter server con­nected to Trump Tower and gave cover to Susan Rice, among other Hillary sup­port­ers, to spy on Trump and his people.(…)

The Guardian story is writ­ten in a style designed to flat­ter its sources (they are cast as high-​minded whistle­blow­ers), but the upshot of it is dev­as­tat­ing for them, nonethe­less, and explains why all the crim­i­nal leaks against Trump first orig­i­nated in the British press. Accord­ing to the story, Bren­nan got his anti-​Trump tips pri­mar­ily from British spies but also Eston­ian spies and oth­ers. The story con­firms that the seed of the espi­onage into Trump was planted by Esto­nia. The BBC’s Paul Wood reported last year that the intel­li­gence agency of an unnamed Baltic State had tipped Bren­nan off in April 2016 to a con­ver­sa­tion pur­port­ing to show that the Krem­lin was fun­nel­ing cash into the Trump campaign.

Juli­ette Akinyi Ochieng has been blog­ging since 2003 as baldilocks. Her older blog is here. She pub­lished her first novel, Tale of the Tigers: Love is Not a Game in 2012.

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by baldilocks

After previously denying it, James Clapper admitted that the FBI “might have been” spying on the Trump campaign.

Real Clear Politics:

Former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper told CNN’s Don Lemon Thursday night that the president’s claim that the Obama administration spied on his campaign is “hyperbole” but if it is true, it is a “good thing.”

“They [the Obama admin’s FBI] may have had someone who was talking to them in the campaign, but, you know, the focus here… is not on the campaign, per se, but what the Russians were doing,” Clapper said.

But if there was an intelligence agent “observing” the Trump campaign’s interactions with Russia, “that’s a good thing because the Russians posed a threat to the very basis of our political system.”

If true? He doesn’t know? Yeah, okay. Clapper was Obama’s DNI.

Yesterday, Sharyl Attkisson pointed out that the corruption in our intelligence agencies long precedes the existence of Donald Trump’s presidential campaign.

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These intelligence shenanigans aren’t new to anyone who has read Legacy of Ashes: The History of the CIA.

It has been a number of years since I read it, and, at 702 pages, the hardback version definitely qualifies as a tome. However, I read it, courtesy of the Los Angeles Public Library, very rapidly due to great and building amazement. And by amazement, I mean horror.  This entity of the government, allegedly dedicated to our security, is and has always been a failure. Or at least that’s what I thought at the time.

Now that I have become more cynical and more paranoid, it seems to me that the agency, the OSS(the CIA’s World War II incarnation) and all the other investigative arms of the government — including the longer-standing FBI — have been very successful at doing what they were created to do.

The CIA and all of the other intelligence agencies exist to Keep the Gates. Gathering them all under the DNI banner made that easier, or so it seemed.

But their gates aren’t the same gates as our gates. That is certain.

What a waste.

RELATED: The CIA’s Long List of Failures

UPDATE: Confirmed: John Brennan Colluded With Foreign Spies to Defeat Trump

An article in the Guardian last week provides more confirmation that [President Obama’s Director of Central Intelligence] John Brennan was the American progenitor of political espionage aimed at defeating Donald Trump. One side did collude with foreign powers to tip the election — Hillary’s.

Seeking to retain his position as CIA director under Hillary, Brennan teamed up with British spies and Estonian spies to cripple Trump’s candidacy. He used their phony intelligence as a pretext for a multi-agency investigation into Trump, which led the FBI to probe a computer server connected to Trump Tower and gave cover to Susan Rice, among other Hillary supporters, to spy on Trump and his people.(…)

The Guardian story is written in a style designed to flatter its sources (they are cast as high-minded whistleblowers), but the upshot of it is devastating for them, nonetheless, and explains why all the criminal leaks against Trump first originated in the British press. According to the story, Brennan got his anti-Trump tips primarily from British spies but also Estonian spies and others. The story confirms that the seed of the espionage into Trump was planted by Estonia. The BBC’s Paul Wood reported last year that the intelligence agency of an unnamed Baltic State had tipped Brennan off in April 2016 to a conversation purporting to show that the Kremlin was funneling cash into the Trump campaign.

Juliette Akinyi Ochieng has been blogging since 2003 as baldilocks. Her older blog is here.  She published her first novel, Tale of the Tigers: Love is Not a Game in 2012.

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