“Draining the Intelligence Community Swamp” by Philip Giraldi (Information Clearing House)
An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:
The appointment of U.S. Ambassador to Germany Richard Grenell as interim Director of National Intelligence (DNI), a position that he will apparently hold simultaneously with the ambassadorship, has been criticized from all sides due to his inexperience, history of bad judgement and partisanship. The White House is now claiming that he will be replaced by Texas Congressman John Ratcliffe after the interim appointment is over, though sources in Washington suggest that Ratcliffe might have some problems in being approved by Congress.
But such criticism, including my own, has somewhat missed the point, which is that what we are already seeing is a purge orchestrated by Grenell of federal employees in the White House and national security apparatus who are holdovers from the Obama Administration and who are therefore considered to be unreliable. That is why Grenell will continue to be ambassador as well as DNI as it is envisioned that his wrecking ball will have completed its task within six months and he will be able to return to Berlin, in spite of the fact that he is despised in Germany and many officials there even refuse to meet with him, which characteristically doesn’t appear to bother the White House at all.
Presumably many current senior employees in the intelligence community (IC) will be given non-jobs away from the White House and replaced by new appointees who are distinguished by their loyalty to the president, not by their accomplishments or skills. That means that competence will be secondary, if not irrelevant. It should be assumed that many of the new hires will be drawn from the pool of neoconservatives that proliferated in the George W. Bush administration.
Many who believe the CIA and NSA to be evil organizations will, of course, welcome the de facto destruction of both organizations for ideological reasons. But those critics should bear in mind that there are potentially serious consequences to the possible changes. First of all, if one thinks that the illegal surveillance, regime change programs and assassination plots that have come out of the IC over the past twenty years have been a disgrace, just think for a moment how bad it could get if the security organs begin to ignore all constitutional and legal restraints after their assigned mission becomes de facto protecting the president and everything that he seeks to do…
A third point is that the people who will be in charge of what is characteristically being described as “draining the swamp” are not necessarily acting in support of identifiable national interests. They are ideologues who are acting to create a policy decision-making process whereby the president of the United States will be empowered to do more-or-less whatever he or she chooses to do in terms of national security and foreign affairs. That continues what has been happening in any event since 2002, but it creates a very bad precedent moving forward. And it pari passu strengthens what has been one of the most disgraceful aspects of Trump foreign policy, the incessant and irresponsible pandering to Israel.
Whitney Webb of Mint Press News has explored the depth of Grenell’s engagement with Israel and with Zionist individuals and groups in the United States.
My online responses to the above linked-to article follows:
“…just think for a moment how bad it could get if the security organs begin to ignore all constitutional and legal restraints after their assigned mission becomes de facto protecting the president and everything that he seeks to do.” – Philip Giraldi
I watch The Duran, not because I agree with their politics – I absolutely do not – but because Alexander Mercouris is informed and I do learn from him. They (Alexander, Alex Christoforou, Peter Lavelle) are Trump worshippers, their criticisms of Trump (and announcements that they have some) notwithstanding. Alexander has a head full of establishment nonsense and fake history, mixed in I’m sure with much that isn’t fake. He has, though, what Howard Zinn would call a ‘memory of States’ approach to geopolitics. He sees things from the State’s standpoint, rather than the people’s standpoint. He’s a very poor champion of the working class, I guess because he simply isn’t any sort of champion of the working class. And their positions are so contradictory, being anti-war (Who would claim not to be?) but then supporting warmongers and war criminals like Donald Trump (and the military generally). Patrice Greanville (The Greanville Post) penned a great article about Tucker Carlson and his good reportage mixed in with his obscene worship of the American empire, which worship demonstrates a problem with Conservatives, namely their schizophrenic character. It applies here (and I’ve blogged about it on “A Yappy Trade Barrier”)
Alex Christoforou liked Trump’s (obscene) SOTU, in which Trump threatened working classes everywhere with regime change, essentially, when he railed against socialism. His words aren’t just talk, with some 40,000 dead in Venezuela where his sanctions are targetting the people. Good luck with fighting the coronavirus Venezu[e]lans! (and Iranians et al) Trump will bring fascism and austerity to people everywhere where it isn’t already fully entrenched, just as his class has already foisted it on the American working class – that votes for him!!! (Others have wondered about the ability of the US health services to deal with coronavirus should it become a major problem there. That would be a concern – if the coronavirus is the horrible plague that the authorities say it is. James Corbett’s recent vid dealing with that is enlightening in that regard.)
Alexander Mercouris wants, badly, Donald Trump to be re-elected so that he can save the American Constitution and continue (!) to drain the swamp. As Philip Giraldi notes, How will the (already anti people) Constitution fare under Trump once he is surrounded by intelligence officials who see protecting him (and therefore his warmongering, at home and abroad) as their main priority?
“There is little to add beyond that, but one has to wonder why the Administration, aided and abetted by congress and the media, persists in promoting and placing in sensitive positions individuals whose ultimate loyalty is to a foreign country.” To quote Noam Chomsky again, but not verbatim (I’d have to hunt for the quote), ‘When talking about Israel, you are actually talking about Israel/US’. That’s obvious.
I am a nationalist, but not a fascist and not a racist. I believe in the nation State because I believe in democracy. I like the idea that we the people, wherever that is, select, from among us, one of us to speak for us and care about our needs and wants. The problem is that, in this dark world, political leaders 99% of the time are gangsters who are in it for the power, riches and glory and happily betray their people for power, riches and glory in whatever proportion each prefers. We have the illusion of democracy with nation States, which is why elites like them. But it’s clear that we actually have world government (with a few States resisting adoption into the global dictatorship of the US), namely Corporatocracy, led, or dominated, by the US. Corporations and top tier investors (giants) whose investment decisions determine government policies everywhere rule. Governments have become, as was the plan (Trilateral Commission) glorified police forces and (Chris Hedges) fronts for corporations.
“In row with Omar, Tucker Carlson backs Trump, worships at US shrine of Exceptionalism” by Patrice Greanville (The Greanville Post)
My reference to ‘giants’ is a riff off of the book by Peter Phillips titled “Giants – The Global Power Elite.” From Empire Files: “Giants. Who really rules the world?”
“Lies, Damned Lies, and Infection Numbers – #PropagandaWatch” by James Corbett (The Corbett Report)
“With Grenell Appointment, the Israel Lobby’s Foothold on US Intelligence Grows Even Stronger” by Whitney Webb (Mint Press News)
An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:
Last week’s appointment of U.S. Ambassador to Germany Richard Grenell to the post of Director of National Intelligence (DNI) received criticism from both sides of the political divide, mainly for his lack of experience and history of outspoken and partisan political statements. Much more overlooked, however, are Grenell’s ties to the powerful American pro-Israel lobby and Israeli politicians alike, including organizations and individuals with a history of espionage and blackmail against the United States.
Grenell is merely the latest example in a series of appointments over the past few years that have seen individuals with deep ties to the pro-Israel lobby rise to top positions in the U.S. intelligence community, including the NSA’s current director of Cybersecurity Anne Neuberger as well as the leaders of the President’s Intelligence Advisory Board (PIAB).
With many of these posts directly involved in overseeing the security of the upcoming 2020 election, ostensibly to combat “foreign interference,” these connections are even more significant. Some of the Israel lobby groups in question have not only engaged in illegal espionage against the U.S. government, but are also openly meddling in the current Democratic party primary.