Tag: CIA

Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America applaud Donald Trump’s selection of former Texas Gov. Rick Perry to be secretary of energy.  They wince as Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell taps the brakes on the Trump tax plan and offers no ideas on how to reduce spending fight future deficits or replace Obamacare.  And they discuss the Office of the Director of National Intelligence and the FBI disputing the CIA’s conclusion that Russia meddled in the 2016 campaign explicitly to help Trump win.

Spy vs Spy vs the Press vs the American People

 

John Schindler is a former NSA analyst and writes about national security affairs at The Observer. This morning he has a pointed message for the President-elect: Back off or the CIA will destroy you.

(Donald) Trump, being new to Washington, doesn’t know that when you declare war on the spies, the spies always win in the end. The IC (Intelligence Community) cares little if anything for partisan politics, but they will protect their turf and their reputation when they’re impugned by politicians. Our spy agencies fight among each other nonstop, but woe to the pol who gives them common cause by insulting them in public.

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The Central Intelligence Agency of the United States of America would like everyone to know that Vladimir Putin is to thank for giving America exactly the leader it needs to bring about the greatest American revival the world has ever seen. So… Thank you, Mr. Putin. Thank you for listening to the American electorate and […]

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FX has just announced it has picked up the series Snowfall, “a drama series inspired by the early days of the crack cocaine epidemic in Los Angeles in the early 1980s.” One of the show’s executive producers in John Singleton, director of films such as Boyz n the Hood, Poetic Justice, Higher Learning, and Rosewood. He is […]

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Numerous sources are reporting today on the conviction of Wayne Simmons. Here’s WaPo’s take on it: “Wayne Simmons was a professional football player, a drug trafficker, a nightclub doorman, a Fox News guest analyst and an intelligence adviser in Afghanistan. Preview Open

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Ok, now, firstly, a caveat: This come from an interview he gave with The Moscow Tribune. I have no idea how reputable this publication is. The only English-language sites I’ve seen where the story’s been picked up are somewhat … I guess “sketchy” would be the word I’d choose? Still, it appears to be a […]

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Sean Penn: Hero

 

penn-ostreicherEver since a young Sean Penn starred in Taps and Fast Times at Ridgemont High he has evolved into a world class actor and director. I would consider myself a fan of his work.

His politics, however, not so much; I vehemently disagreed with his wartime attacks on George W. Bush and Dick Cheney, his coziness with Fidel Castro, Hugo Chavez, Iraqi Minister Tariq Aziz (at the height of the Iraq War), his attacks on Britain’s involvement in the Falklands, his pro-Palestinian sentiments, and of course, the dust-up with his ex, Madonna… well okay, that I might understand.

There is also his recent naive sympathies and dangerous adventures into the world of “El Chapo,” the notorious Mexican cartel fugitive, which if you haven’t heard or read about, is altogether unbelievable.

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Here’s a guy writing in National Review who wants Mr. Pollard to die in jail for the crime of treason. Mr. Pollard’s crime was giving information to Israel. The story I have heard is, Capital-l-A America got so angry with Israel for bombing Saddam Hussein’s nuclear reactor, that the CIA stopped giving Israel some satellite […]

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Moral Niceties and the CIA

 

It’s only natural for a leftist to quip “we are better than that.” That pretty much sums up the moral orientation of the liberal. The critique is little more than a wish for pleasant things that work. The self-righteous preener rarely has an answer to the question “what would you suggest to make us better than that?”

Comedian Evan Sayet has a test for identifying the liberal in the room: he’ll be the one who chooses evil over good. The test is extraordinarily accurate. On abortion a lefty will choose death over life. On economics he’ll see the maker as a greedy money grubber, and the taker as the victim who is denied social justice. He’ll defend the terrorists, who he sees as the oppressed, and who only behead because the imperialists have a foot on their necks.

Knowing What To Look For: More with Herb Meyer

 

HerbMeyer154pxLast week, we shared an interview with Ricochet contributor — and former assistant to the Director of Central Intelligence — Herb Meyer, who then answered members’ questions about how national intelligence works, and sometimes fails to work, in the comments.

In the second part of his Powerline interview, Herb turns his attention to domestic surveillance and the threats posed from Islamist saboteurs and traitors:

Intelligence 101 with Herbert E. Meyer

 

HerbMeyer154pxSteven Hayward’s interview with Ricochet contributor Herbert E. Meyer about national intelligence would be worth posting under any circumstances. Herb —- former Assistant to the Director of the CIA, Vice Chairman of the National Intelligence Council, and National Intelligence Distinguished Service Medal winner — is one of the clearest speakers on the subject, and was a key figure in predicting the collapse of the Soviet Union, one of the CIA’s greatest victories.

However, we have a special opportunity for members: Herb will be answering questions directly in the comments this afternoon. If you want to know more about the CIA during the Reagan years, or ask about its recent struggles and failures, this is a great opportunity. Take a listen and fire away.


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On the purpose of an intelligence agency:

Debating Executive Power with the MSM

 

I’ve been having an e-mail exchange this week with a reporter from one of the country’s biggest newspapers on the topic of executive power. I’m not sure if, or to what extent, my comments will make it into print, but I thought I’d take Ricochet members behind the curtain and show you how these kinds of exchanges often play out.

Have a look at the substance of the discussion, then weigh in in the comments to let me know what you think.

Benghazi Keeps Bubbling Up Despite WH Spin — Jon Gabriel

 

As a kid, I had to repaint an old bike body that had been left out in the elements for months. I picked up the rusty body, rinsed off the dirt with a hose, let it dry and spray painted it. The shiny red bike looked like new.

Of course, after several weeks, the rust came back with a vengeance. Being lazy, I’d touch up the paint every few months to keep it looking decent. But, since I didn’t take care of the hidden corrosion, the rust wouldn’t stay covered up for long.