Patrick Tucker: Original Flynn – Open Source Flynn

Patrick Tucker

Patrick Tucker

The Other Michael Flynn

This new greater emphasis on open-source data aided by computational analysis discomfited older, less technically astute intelligence professionals at DIA and in the broader intelligence community, McCulloh said.

“What that does is it largely disqualifies a lot of old intel guys in favor of people who have more technical skills. That was not happy for them. They wanted to wait him out. Screw him over,” he said. “Anybody who would say that he’s crazy or wrong, that’s an intel person who should be fired.”

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Nov 25

Antechinus: Does Israel Own Trump or Is Trump Playing Israel?

Antechinus

Antechinus

Trump & Woolsey: Was There a Bait-and-Switch?

In early September 2016, in a move that should have received far more attention than it did, Trump appointed former CIA director James Woolsey as his senior advisor on national security issues. Woolsey is a key member of the neoconservative Project for a New American Century (PNAC). When asked about U.S. national security priorities the day after Trump’s election, Woolsey responded that it was necessary “to get straight who our friends and adversaries are.” He asserted that “Israel is our friend”. In September 2015 James Woolsey was appointed to the strategic advisory board of U.S. oil and gas firm Genie Energy Ltd., along with Rupert Murdoch, Lord Jacob Rothschild and Dick Cheney. Genie Energy Ltd. has been involved in the Golan Heights – the long contested area of Syria that is now known to be rich in both oil shale and fresh water, for almost a decade. UN Security Council Resolution 242 declares that Israel must withdraw from all lands occupied since the 1967 war, including the Golan. The international community considers the Golan to be occupied territory and Israeli settlements there to be illegal.

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Nov 16

Berto Jongman: NY Post – Trump Needs to Make Heads Roll at the CIA and FBI (and Fire the DNI)

Berto Jongman

Berto Jongman

Trump Needs to Make Heads Roll at the CIA and FBI

One of the thorniest questions facing the incoming Trump administration is what to do about America’s increasingly dysfunctional intelligence community, known collectively by its acronym, the IC. Made up of no fewer than 16 different agencies, the IC includes marquee services like the CIA and the National Security Agency, as well as more obscure spook fiefdoms such as Defense Intelligence Agency (serving the military) and the National Reconnaissance Office, which monitors America’s national-security concerns via satellites.

Trump’s first order of business, therefore, is to take control, firmly, by dissolving Homeland Security and cashiering the DNI, a jolly figure of comic relief named James Clapper. Another firing that would do wonders for morale is the prompt sacking of CIA Director John Brennan, widely derided as a careerist, yes-man and Islamophile.

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Nov 15