In the United States of America, one thing that’s not supposed to happen is the FBI spying on a presidential campaign, which we now know they did. But do you know what’s really, REALLY not supposed to happen?
The CIA doing it.
The FBI deals with malfeasance within our borders, and it’s supposed to respect the rights of American citizens –- at least in theory, which appears to have gone horribly wrong. As for the CIA, it isn’t supposed to do domestic spying; it’s in the national security business and deals with intelligence gathering internationally. It doesn’t have to go before judges and get warrants to spy on people. It’s not intended to be weaponized against Americans here in our country, and to use it that way would be a serious abuse of power. When it comes to the investigation into the Trump campaign, though, there appears to be a disturbing blurring of lines. It’s way past time to take a closer look at former CIA Director John Brennan.
The first thing to say about Brennan is that he is out of his mind, as is obvious to anyone who has read his tweets since Trump settled into the Presidency and, item-by-item, started reversing Obama’s many executive orders, saving us from ridiculous agreements such as the Iran deal and the Paris Climate Accord, appointing judges who actually respect the Constitution, and otherwise dismantling the Barack Obama “legacy.” Brennan and his cohorts just can’t stand it. And Brennan’s unfettered tweeting gives us a scary glimpse into the sensibilities and political motivations that must have driven him when he headed Obama’s CIA. The man is so filled with hate for Trump, he makes Peter Strzok and Lisa Page look like FOX News contributors.
Speaking of FOX News contributors, Monica Crowley has a great column in The Hill in which she examines the role likely played by Brennan in the “Russia” investigation. She calls him “the apparent ringmaster of the ‘deep state’ resistance” and explains how the groundwork was laid for the CIA to be able to go after Americans –- indirectly, so whatever they turned up wouldn’t have their fingerprints on it.
In 2011 (before Obama’s re-election campaign), the U.S. intelligence community gave itself vastly expanded powers, allowing itself to surveil Americans who had even just once mentioned a foreign target. And all those communications by Americans that former CIA Director James Clapper said were “unwittingly” scooped up (lie) were saved in a searchable database, ripe for the unmasking.
Combine this with Brennan’s “modernization” program, which cut back on the CIA’s human intelligence capability and started depending more on relationships with foreign intelligence services such as Britain’s MI-6, and it’s easy to see how such outsourcing offered them more flexibility to obtain intelligence on Americans that our own spies weren’t supposed to be gathering. They could distance themselves from the actual spying and dirt-digging, just as Hillary did with her law firm and Fusion GPS.
Crowley notes the variety of foreign sources and contacts involved in gathering the so-called “intelligence” that was used against Trump: the imaginative Russian “dossier” put together by British former MI-6 agent Christopher Steele; the Kremlin-linked sources used by Steele; former MI-6 chief Richard Dearlove, who has a close association with “informant” (spy) Stefan Halper (who is a U.S. citizen but teaches at Cambridge in Great Britain).
In addition, there’s Alexander Downer, an Australian diplomat who reportedly also has links to British intelligence (and also to Hillary); he’s the source for the tale of George Papadopoulos’ drunking bragging about Russia having Hillary Clinton emails. And where did that allegedly happen? London.
it’s easy to see that with this kind of international spider-web, the CIA can put itself in the domestic intelligence-gathering (spying) business when it comes to American citizens it wants to surveil (spy on). With Trump in the Oval Office, the whole contrivance is threatened with exposure, and we’ve probably just scratched the surface. You can bet that’s why they’re going insane trying to bring him down before we can find out what they’ve been up to.