(NationalSentinel) Washington, D.C., is no stranger to political scandal and mystique, but there is a situation developing within the Intelligence Community (IC) that Monday’s departure of National Security Advisor Mike Flynn won’t really resolve.
As noted by national security expert and former NSA analyst John R. Schindler in the New York Observer, something of a “spy revolt” against President Donald J. Trump and his administration had developed, which actually threatened the national security of the United States. Schindler explained:
In a recent column, I explained how the still-forming Trump administration is already doing serious harm to America’s longstanding global intelligence partnerships. In particular, fears that the White House is too friendly to Moscow are causing close allies to curtail some of their espionage relationships with Washington—a development with grave implications for international security, particularly in the all-important realm of counterterrorism.
Now those concerns are causing problems much closer to home—in fact, inside the Beltway itself. Our Intelligence Community is so worried by the unprecedented problems of the Trump administration—not only do senior officials possess troubling ties to the Kremlin, there are nagging questions about basic competence regarding Team Trump—that it is beginning to withhold intelligence from a White House which our spies do not trust.
That’s an incredible admission, given that the IC, we were told throughout the various questionable dealings the Obama administration had with Russia and Iran, was completely apolitical and, as such, not subject to the political whims and machinations of any particular administration.
That is, of course, until a president comes along who wants to rock the boat – and clearly, that is Trump.
More from Schindler about why the IC is in a tizzy:
That the IC has ample grounds for concern is demonstrated by almost daily revelations of major problems inside the White House, a mere three weeks after the inauguration. The president has repeatedly gone out of his way to antagonize our spies, mocking them and demeaning their work, and Trump’s personal national security guru can’t seem to keep his story straight on vital issues.
That’s Mike Flynn, the retired Army three-star general who now heads the National Security Council. Widely disliked in Washington for his brash personality and preference for conspiracy-theorizing over intelligence facts, Flynn was fired as head of the Defense Intelligence Agency for managerial incompetence and poor judgment—flaws he has brought to the far more powerful and political NSC.
Schindler continues to peddle the narrative that the Russians “interfered” in the November elections, and to Trump’s advantage, as evidenced by….evidence that no one seems to want to release. Oh, the IC has it, mind you, but you and I can’t see it.
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Frankly, the entire Washington Post story surrounding Flynn – that he had improper conversations with the Russian ambassador to the U.S. regarding the lifting of sanctions against Moscow put in place by Obama – is suspect. It isn’t so much that Flynn did not do something improper and then tried to backtrack his denial as it is in the way all of this is playing out.
For example, how did the Washington Post even get its story? Someone within the administration – well, within the IC – had to have leaked it. And why to the Post, which has been antagonizing the president and his Cabinet since Day One, often publishing fake news and phony narratives in a push to sabotage his agenda?
And what changed between the publication of the Post story claiming “intelligence sources” said Flynn had improper conversations with the Russian official, and this January 23 story from the Post reporting that the FBI found nothing improper in reviewing Flynn’s intercepted calls with Ambassador Sergey Kislyak?
Then there is this nothingburger from CNN that Schindler is peddling as “confirmation” of some of that mysterious “Trump” dossier – you know, the one that also claimed Trump rented a hotel room in Moscow where President Obama and FLOTUS Michelle stayed and had some hookers urinate on the bed. While CNN said it could not verify those “salacious” details within the dossier, the report claimed that some conversations between some people – none of whom involve the president or are connected to his administration, mind you – have been verified:
None of the newly learned information relates to the salacious allegations in the dossier. Rather it relates to conversations between foreign nationals. The dossier details about a dozen conversations between senior Russian officials and other Russian individuals. Sources would not confirm which specific conversations were intercepted or the content of those discussions due to the classified nature of US intelligence collection programs.
But the intercepts do confirm that some of the conversations described in the dossier took place between the same individuals on the same days and from the same locations as detailed in the dossier, according to the officials. CNN has not confirmed whether any content relates to then-candidate Trump.
Here’s how Schindler described the CNN report:
A new report by CNN indicates that important parts of the infamous spy dossier that professed to shed light on President Trump’s shady Moscow ties have been corroborated by communications intercepts. In other words, SIGINT strikes again, providing key evidence that backs up some of the claims made in that 35-page report compiled by Christopher Steele, a former British intelligence official with extensive Russia experience.
As I’ve previously explained, that salacious dossier is raw intelligence, an explosive amalgam of fact and fantasy, including some disinformation planted by the Kremlin to obscure this already murky case. Now SIGINT confirms that some of the non-salacious parts of what Steele reported, in particular how senior Russian officials conspired to assist Trump in last year’s election, are substantially based in fact.
So, that settles it, right? A questionable report from a news network that has repeatedly lied about Trump wants us to believe, again, that maybe, perhaps, he was assisted by the Russians – proof! And if the IC really can’t offer the proof, well, we’re just supposed to believe them anyway.
Question: Why help Trump and not Hillary Clinton, who was so very obviously compromised over her use of a private email server that the IC knows was hacked repeatedly, including by Russia – hacked data that Moscow could have used to its advantage (as in blackmail)?
None of this adds up.
The fact is, this entire thing is a psy-op – psychological operation – aimed at discrediting Trump and his election victory because he has a different view of the world and the U.S. role in it than the globalist Intelligence Community does. Period.
They want the U.S. heavily involved in business as usual, and frankly, that includes keeping the status quo with Russia because as long as the IC and the Washington insider establishment can sell the notion Russia is the enemy the IC can continue to justify bigger budgets, more resources and greater power.
Schindler is right – there is a a spy revolt taking place with the administration – but it’s not because of “incompetence,” or “mistrust” or “bad management” – it’s because Trump really does want to change the way America interacts with the world, including Russia.
Obama got the IC the wars in Libya, Syria and an increased presence in Iraq and Afghanistan; he got the “Iran deal,” which nearly guarantees a conflict with Tehran at some point; and he kept things stirred up with Russia after a botched “reset.”
That’s what the IC wants. It doesn’t want peace.