A few days ago attorneys for an anonymous client filed a complaint with the Intelligence Community Inspector General alleging that the so-called whistleblower that sparked the current impeachment frenzy has illegally benefited financially. The “whistleblower,” who has been identified by RealClearInvestigations as an Obama Administration holdover from John Brennan’s CIA named Eric Ciaramella, has raised about $250,000 from a GoFundMe page set up by his far-Left attorney Mark Zaid. (Zaid tweeted shortly after Trump’s inauguration that a “coup” had begun.) Read the new complaint below via FoxNews’ Scribd account.More
It has been 40 plus years since we last took a firehose to the stables of the “intelligence community.” Human being are still fallen, not new and improved. Our institutions, our creations, reflect our individual and collective limitations, our flaws. All conservatives used to know this, with the phrase “if men were angels…” not so far in the back of mind. Yet, for the past two decades, we have been treated to the doubtful claim that we can trust all our government employees to be faithful and wise servants.* The past few years, at least since the IRS assault on the Tea Party, have provided significant evidence to the contrary, and suggest that we need something like new Church Committee hearings.
The acting Director of National Intelligence, Joseph Maguire, implausibly testified to Congress that the “whistleblower” had integrity and no political intent. Anyone who read the declassified complaint, even without reading the telephone conversation memorialization, knew this was disingenuous nonsense. As has been laid out since Maguire’s testimony, this complaint was obviously fabricated by a lawyer or team of lawyers, not an ordinary CIA officer.More
Democrat Valerie Plame released a very slickly produced but factually inaccurate video today in her bid for Congress in New Mexico’s open 3rd congressional district. In the video, Plame claims, “I was an undercover CIA operative… then Dick Cheney’s Chief of Staff took revenge against my husband and leaked my identity. His Name? Scooter Libby. Guess who pardoned him last year?” A picture of President Trump is then displayed in the video.
Plame is lying. Scooter Libby did not leak her name. Richard Armitage, a deputy secretary of state under Colin Powell, leaked her name. This is not a theory. Armitage admitted that he leaked her name. This has been public knowledge since at least September 8, 2006, when the Washington Post published an article titled, “Armitage Says He Was Source of CIA Leak.”More
It was a hot day in a dusty city, Tbilisi the Capital of Georgia, there was little power and anarchy ruled in the streets. An oasis of calm, like a castle of old, stood on a hill just inside the eastern edge of the city the Sheraton “Metechi Palace” Hotel. With generators and money to burn the Hotel always had power and the owners of the Hotel were connected. The most powerful criminal organization in the country the “Knights” or Mkhedrioni provided security to the grounds. The American Embassy rented out entire floors and had their own security, among them were Delta Force Operators, and Freddie Woodruff long-time Soviet Expert and CIA Station Chief in charge of the Delta Force mission and charged with monitoring the KGB led drug trade through Georgia.
The drug trade was the way the Soviet Intelligence services kept themselves funded after the fall of the Soviet Union and was the bedrock of their eventually take over of the Russian Federation. The KGB used their old contacts in Afghanistan to literally move tons of cocaine and opium paste through Russia and then the Georgian ports to all of Europe and beyond. It was a multi-billion dollar industry and the CIA was very interested in it.More
I write a weekly book review for the Daily News of Galveston County. (It is not the biggest daily newspaper in Texas, but it is the oldest.) My review normally appears Wednesdays. When it appears, I post the review here on the following Sunday. More
For this week’s Big Ideas with Ben Weingarten podcast, I had former CIA operative and leader of CIA’s Counter Terrorism Center’s WMD unit, author of the must-read and highly relevant 2009 book Beyond Repair: The Decline and Fall of the CIA and outspoken critic of the politicized leadership in America’s intelligence and national security apparatus, Charles Sam Faddis on to discuss among other things:
- Why Faddis supports revoking John Brennan’s security clearance — and the bureaucratization and politicization of the leadership of the intelligence community versus the rank-and-file analysts and operatives in the field
- Whether politics dominates over merit in the ranks of intelligence and the national security apparatus more broadly
- What members of the national security establishment really mean when they talk about “protecting the institutions“
- Why President Trump has been deemed a threat to the power of the political leaders within the national security establishment in a qualitatively different way than any of his predecessors — and that’s a positive thing
- What Faddis would do to reform intelligence
- The poor state of America’s counterintelligence capabilities
- The lessons of Iraq regarding U.S. intervention and the national interest
- Whether America has the capability to use intelligence to engage in ideological warfare and bring down Iran’s Khomeinist regime
- How China’s liquidation of our spy network reflects the problems plaguing America’s intelligence apparatus
- The long-term dire ramifications of China’s OPM hack
- The implications of China’s attempt to infiltrate Senator Dianne Feinstein’s office
- The threat to the U.S. homeland of a collapsing Venezuela and Mexico, combined with drug cartels, organized crime groups and Hezbollah in our hemisphere
- Faddis’ optimistic assessment of the Trump administration’s North Korea policy
- Why China poses the greatest long-term threat to America of all, and our willful blindness towards it
For this week’s Big Ideas with Ben Weingarten podcast, I had historian, Freedom Scholar at the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies, former Special Advisor to the Secretary of State and consultant to the National Security Council during the Reagan administration, author of 38 books and most pertinent to today, Iran expert, Michael Ledeen on the podcast to discuss among other things:
- The impending collapse of the Khomeinist regime and what the U.S. can do to accelerate it
- The false narrative about alternatives for Iran being either appeasement or war
- The history of U.S. intelligence failures in Iran
- How secular and liberal Iran’s dissidents actually are
- Whether there is a wedge that can be exploited between Iran and Russia
- What will become of Hezbollah if the Iranian regime collapses
- The allegedly political witch hunt against Iran hawk and Israel supporter Larry Franklin as an illustration of historic anti-Semitism and anti-Zionism in the foreign policy and national security establishment
- Ledeen’s theory that Gen. Michael Flynn — with whom Ledeen co-authored the book, The Field of Fight — falsely pled guilty, and the real reason why Gen. Flynn was targeted in the first place
Andrew C. McCarthy on Russiagate, Clinton-Trump Investigation Double Standards, Mueller’s Mandate, DOJ-FBI-CIA Politicization (Part II) http://traffic.libsyn.com/bigideaswithben/20180530_Andy_McCarthy_Interview_Part_2.vF.mp3 With Michael Horowitz’s IG Report due out this afternoon, I just released Part II of my in-depth conversation for the Big Ideas with Ben Weingarten podcast with former federal prosecutor and National Review contributor par excellence Andrew C. McCarthy. […]
Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America applaud the confirmation of CIA Director Gina Haspel, discussing the six Democrats who ended up back the nomination and their likely political calculations. They also shudder at reports that efforts are underway to create a TV show featuring former Trump aide Anthony Scaramucci and […]
Seeing Gina Haspel’s photograph for the first time the day of her confirmation hearing, the first thing that came to mind was George Smiley. The George Smiley of John Le Carré’s books, not Alec Guinness, was the opposite of Fleming’s Bond.
Smiley is an unobtrusive secret agent who leads an unglamorous life. A deceptively bland middle-aged man, he is trusted and respected by his subordinates and colleagues.
Last week I watched the Tom Cruise movie American Made, which is an admittedly fabriciated account of the life of smuggler/pilot Barry Seal, who allegedly graduated from TWA to arms running for the CIA to drug smuggling for the Colombians, but when you check the wikipedia page, nearly all of it seems to have been […]
One of my favorite TV shows is “Blacklist.” yes, it is bloody, sordid, and unbelievable at times, but it’s TV. One aspect of the show focuses on an international cabal, whose leadership is still in question. But who needs TV? I hate to sound paranoid, but I think that Obama formed his own cabal. Was he the one to start it, or are we only seeing its latest iteration? Is George Soros behind all of these plans?
When you have people like Peter Strzok, Lisa Page, John Brennan, James Clapper, Lois Lerner, John Koskinen, James Comey, Adam Schiff, Susan Rice, and Samantha Powers clearly violating government policies for the same end, it makes one wonder what in the world is happening. Whose names have I forgotten? Do you think there is a person in charge of all of these people? Is there more of a plan than just getting rid of Donald Trump in the short term? Or is there a long-term diabolical outcome planned?More
In this AEI Events Podcast, CIA Director Mike Pompeo joins AEI’s Marc Thiessen to discuss the Trump administration’s response to the most pressing national security challenges of the previous year. The North Korean nuclear and missile programs now threaten not only the region but also the US mainland. China, Russia, and other revisionist powers are working to shape global events and landscapes to conform to their interests, to the detriment of those of the United States. And the terror threat from groups such as ISIS and al Qaeda remains potent throughout the world. In this global threat environment, America’s intelligence community is working hard to ensure the homeland remains safe.
Danielle Pletka gives an introduction (1:04); CIA Director Mike Pompeo delivers remarks (3:03); Marc Thiessen continues the conversation with Pompeo (15:28); Q&A with the audience (47:17).More
Well, I’ve posed this question earlier in Just How Corrupt is the FBI? and Just How Corrupt is the FBI – Part Deux and perhaps at long last we’re about to find out (and perhaps the title of this piece should really be: Just How Corrupt is the FBI, the DOJ and the CIA?) In the past, roughly 48 hours, several Republican congressmen have announced that a four-page memo, compiled by House Intelligence Committee chairman, Devin Nunes and other Republicans on the committee, includes new and quite damaging information that substantiates previous suspicions articulated by representatives Jim Jordan (Ohio), Matt Gaetz (Florida), and others that certain individuals in the Department of Justice and the FBI colluded and conspired to undermine the Trump presidential campaign and subvert the will of the American electorate that put him into office. Members of Congress in both the Sean Hannity and Laura Ingraham interviews (below), cannot name the individuals at the heart of the matter because the document has been labeled “classified”.More
A column neoconservatives will want to avoid: Said the president: “For some time I have been disturbed by the way CIA has been diverted from its original assignment. It has become an operational and, at times, a policy-making arm of the Government. … [T]his quiet intelligence arm of the President has been so removed from […]
With the news breaking of the execution of several Chinese nationals who worked for the CIA, I wanted to find out a bit more. Just how badly compromised was our intelligence network? Yes, it has been a few years since the executions that occurred between 2010 and 2012, but a roll up of a spy network like that can hurt intelligence gathering and operations for decades. It can lead to some very bad surprises for a country like the United States.
I made contact with some of my sources in the intelligence community. Most agreed that it was both bad and embarrassing. The predictions and damage assessments I was hearing had a very wide range, and I decided that it was worth the risk of contacting a source who is a bit higher up and in the know on these things.More
On Wednesday, February 15, Hollywood superproducer-slash-director-slash-writer-slash-host of superexclusive fundraisers for Our Former Glorious Sun King Barry I Ryan Murphy announced that the theme of the next season of his popular anthology series American Horror Story would be… the last presidential election. So the show that has seen people terrorized by ghosts, demons, ex-Nazi doctors, aliens, witches, voodoo […]
Welcome to the Harvard Lunch Club Political Podcast for January 24, 2017, it’s the Carnage? What Carnage? edition of the podcast. We are brought to you this week by Patriot Mobile. Do you want a portion of every dollar you pay for mobile phone service to go to left wing causes? That may be happening, but there is an answer: Patriot Mobile.
This week we will discuss the dystopian, gloomy perspective that President Trump (wow! That felt good!) has of the current American experience as exemplified in his inauguration speech. Why does the media insist on hammering Trump for pointing out the “carnage” in the streets? As Heather Mac Donald points out in a recent National Review piece, if 16 unarmed Blacks killed by police in 2016 is a horror story, why isn’t 6000 Blacks murdered (in 2015) by fellow citizens not appropriately described as carnage?More
He makes nice with the CIA, and gets a warm welcome. While there, he sets his priorities: defeat ISIS, then the media. More