sunset from behind the wire

sunset from behind the wire

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Not Your Daddy's CIA

The eight years of Obama have been corrosive to the entire nation. Nowhere has it been worse than at the Central Intelligence Agency. This piece by John Sipher is instructive and I refer it for your information only.

 The Cipher Brief:
(LINK) Across the Central Intelligence Agency lobby from the iconic stars memorializing officers killed in the line of duty is a less well-known memorial. It is an understated relief in honor of those foreign spies who risked and lost their lives to provide secret information to the United States. It is a reminder that the CIA remains at its core, the nation's espionage arm. Apparently, however, CIA Director John Brennan doesn't see it that way. 
In what was otherwise a thoughtful interview with National Public Radio last week, CIA Director John Brennan expressed his personal view that the CIA should be not be viewed as a spy agency. In the 24 February interview he said, "I don't support government spying... We don't steal secrets... We uncover, we discover, we reveal, we obtain, we elicit, we solicit. All of that." What? We don't steal secrets? Is he joking? Brennan has reportedly also made clear to the officers under his charge that he eschews the term espionage, and does not view the CIA as an espionage service.  
Fortuitously, former CIA Director Michael Hayden's new book, Playing to the Edge was released on the same day that Brennan made his comments, and he seems more comfortable advocating for CIA's espionage role. The title of Hayden's book is sports metaphor meant to highlight how he viewed his responsibility as the Director of the NSA and CIA. That is, in an effort to secure the safety of the American people, US officials should use all of their authorities under the law. They should use the entire playing field, even right up to the boundary. In the book, Hayden refers to a speech in which he comments that "the American people expect CIA to use every inch we are given to protect her fellow citizens," adding his view that espionage is essential to a democracy. Sadly, Brennan's remarks on the same day suggest that he does not see his authority in the same way. 
While his comments might not resonate outside of the Intelligence Community, make no mistake, it is a long term danger to our security when the head of the nation's espionage organization says that he doesn't support spying. It sends a chill through those who work in the shadows to keep us safe and makes them wonder if their boss has their back. It also confirms the fears of many CIA employees and alumni that Brennan's recent efforts to restructure and change CIA culture were a furtive means of weakening the clandestine service. 

Radical Islam

I realize that some of you who read this blog are opposed to the possibility of having somebody like Donald Trump in the White House.  

I understand that some of you experienced  a politically correct moment when Trump said that we needed to stop Muslims from coming to America until we were able to figure things out. Most of you don't live down the street from a mosque the way that I do.

Dealing with the savages has to be a national priority. Bringing them here is something that we don't want to do. 

I don't hate Muslims in general, but when Trump said that roughly a quarter of all of the Muslims in the world want to see America and Israel wiped off the face of the planet, he was CORRECT. The mainstream media recoiled. I'm sure our president, who is still unable to connect the words Islamic and Terrorism, felt stabbed in his side. 

Europe is beginning to reap a bitter harvest from allowing roughly one million military-age Muslim males across their borders from Syria, Iraq and North Africa. And the attacks that we've seen are only the beginning. While the European problem is not precisely our problem, it can be if we make the same mistakes that they have made.
(Brussels, Belgium) As many as 31 people were killed and more than 180 injured as coordinated terrorist bombings rocked the Brussels airport and subway system during rush hour Tuesday morning in the Belgian capital. 
Two bombings at Zaventem Airport, where 11 people were reportedly killed, and another at the metro station in the Maelbeek section near the European Union headquarters, where the mayor's office said 20 were killed, were almost immediately confirmed as terrorism. The attack at the airport was reportedly accompanied by shouts in Arabic and gunfire, and an unexploded suicide belt was reportedly found in the aftermath. 
"What we feared has happened, we were hit by blind attacks," said Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel. 
"We are at war,” French Prime Minister Manuel Valls said Tuesday. “We have been subjected for the last few months in Europe to acts of war."
If you were to travel with me to any of a number of 'fusion training centers' run for law enforcement by the US Department of Homeland Security, you would see that 100% of training scenarios are run against "radical American conservatives" who feel that the government has overstepped its boundaries. DHS trains bot its own and other government agencies to handle 'sovereign citizens'.  "Islamic Terrorism" does not exist as a matter of practice in the US Government per the commander in chief, who has a personal love of Islam. Am I the ONLY FRIGGING PERSON IN AMERICA who sees dysfunction in this?

One possible solution is to have more "Draw Mohammed Contests" in Texas.