An Intelligence Cabal?   1 comment

I am ambivalent about President Donald Trump. If I could advise him on doing his job, I would tell him to close his mouth and still his Twitter thumbs for a half-hour before doing, saying or posting anything. He’s his own worst enemy because he lacks self-restraint and any sort of nuance.

Image result for image of nsa-cia-fbi cabalJames Comey needed to be fired, but it could have been handled more delicately, thus potentially avoiding the firestorm of criticism that followed. I don’t know what happened between the two men, and I don’t entirely care. Comey’s handling of the Clinton email investigation smacked of elitist favoritism and needed to be addressed with his removal. To the extent that Trump really plans to drain the DC swamp, this looked a little like it and I applaud that, even as I wince at the way that he went about it.

In the aftermath of the firing, Trump added fuel to the fire by complaining about the seemingly endless investigation into his administrations possible ties to Russia. That got the Democrats’ knickers in a knot, but it doesn’t make a lot of sense as an explanation of Comey’s firing. Trump has advisors (Mike Pence, for example) who would have told him that firing Comey wouldn’t end that investigation and that it was likely to inspire greater FBI intensity toward the investigation … which is exactly what happened. If you subscribe to the “Trump is an idiot” view of things, you might believe he’s dumb enough to dig himself a deeper hole, but nobody who has been as successful in business as President Trump has been is that stupid. I just find the theory that he became stupid upon entering the White House to be flimsy.

Some of my skepticism flows from my firm conviction that Wikileaks was the source of the DNC emails, not the Russians. Julian Assange has a reputation and if you know that reputation, you know that he doesn’t peddle in information of questionable provenance. As I’ve said before, he’s all about shattering the comfort that elite organizations have with communicating with each other. It wouldn’t serve his ends to help Russia spread information they wanted spread … unless of course he could see them being discredited by linking them to it. Feeding the government conspiracy theory beast isn’t an Assange goal.

The constant innuendo that Russia “hacked” our election with Trump’s full knowledge also doesn’t resonate with me. The glory of a republic with a decentralized electoral system means it is impossible for Russia to have affected the actual vote and I applaud whoever released the emails because the American voters had a right to know what our rulers think about us and to act upon that knowledge. I might wish they’d voted for Gary Johnson instead, but Donald Trump is no worse than Hillary Clinton would have been.

 

The fact is that Hillary was deeply embedded with the Deep State, which should cause all of us to wonder … what if there really is a conspiracy against Donald Trump being orchestrated within the various national security agencies that are part of the United States government?

President Trump has been complaining for months about damaging leaks emanating from the intelligence community and the failure of Congress to pay any attention to the illegal dissemination of classified information. Whenever the government and the media poo-poo something like that, I get suspicious. Donald Trump was a highly successful businessman. He’s not stupid. Why do we assume that he couldn’t have become aware of a conspiracy to delegitimize his election and somehow remove him from office?

President Trump has also been insisting that the allegation of Russian influence in the election is a made-up story, which I don’t disagree. What if senior officials of the Obama White House orchestrated a stealth coup that continues today under the guise of the Deep State? I’m not the only one who thinks Comey might have been party to such a conspiracy, in which case his dismissal would have been perfectly justified based on his demonstrated interference in both the electoral process and in his broadening of the acceptable role of his own bureau.

Two well-informed observers of the situation have recently joined in the discussion, Robert Parry of Consortiumnews and former CIA senior analyst Ray McGovern of the Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity. McGovern has noted that there is one individual who has been curiously absent from the list of former officials who have been called in to testify before the Senate Intelligence Committee. That is ex-CIA Director John Brennan, long considered an extreme Obama/Hillary Clinton loyalist and rumored to be at the center of the information damaging to the Trump administration gathered by friendly intelligence services, including the British.

McGovern suggests that Brennan and Comey may been at the center of a Deep State CIA-NSA-FBI cabal working to discredit the Trump candidacy and delegitimize his presidency. Brennan was uniquely well placed to fabricate the Russian hacker narrative that has been fully embraced by Congress and the media even though no actual evidence supporting that claim has been produced. As WikiLeaks has now revealed that the CIA had the technical ability to hack into sites surreptitiously while leaving behind footprints that would attribute the hack to someone else, including the Russians, you don’t have to be a fiction writer to consider that the alleged trail to Moscow might have been fabricated. This false intelligence has proven to be of immense value to those seeking to present “proof” that the Russian government handed the presidency to Donald Trump.

Robert Parry asked in a May 10th article whether we are seeing is “Watergate redux or ‘Deep State’ coup?”. He followed up on May 13th with “The ‘Soft Coup’ of Russia-gate”  

So, the question is:

is this all a cover-up of White House wrongdoing similar to President Nixon firing of Watergate independent special prosecutor Archibald Cox and the resignations of both the Attorney General and Deputy Attorney General, or

is it an undermining of an elected president who has not actually committed any “high crimes and misdemeanors” to force his removal from office.

I am a reluctant conspiracy theorist because I think conspiracies are hard to keep secret. The federal government leaks like a sieve and bureaucrats are notorious gossips. Any large group of CIA operatives meeting in secret would become public knowledge within a week. Alternatively, this could be a loose arrangement between individuals driven by a common objective, which would reduce the need for meetings in the CIA parking garage. 

Parry suggests the three key players in the scheme are:

  • John Brennan of CIA, Director of National Intelligence
  • James Clapper
  • James Comey of the FBI.

Comey’s role in the “coup” was key because it consisted of using his office to undercut both Hillary Clinton and Trump, neither of whom was seen as a truly suitable candidate by the Deep State … Trump because he’s not a life-long government operative and Hillary because she is … well, “unstable” comes to mind.

Parry speculates that a broken election might well have resulted in a vote in the House of Representatives to elect the new president, a process that might have produced a Colin Powell presidency as Powell actually received three votes in the Electoral College and therefore was an acceptable candidate under the rules governing the electoral process.

Parry carefully documents how Russiagate has developed and how the national security and intelligence organs have been key players as it moved along, often working by leaking classified information. President Barack Obama de facto authorized the wide distribution of raw intelligence on Trump and the Russians through executive order, which would suggest plausible deniability if anyone got caught. Parry notes that to-date no actual evidence has been presented to support allegations that Russia sought to influence the U.S. election and/or that Trump associates were somehow co-opted by Moscow’s intelligence services as part of the process. Nevertheless, anyone even vaguely connected with Trump who also had contact with Russia or Russians has been regarded as a potential traitor. 

Parry’s point is that there is a growing Washington consensus that consists of traditional liberals and progressives, Democratic globalist interventionists and neoconservatives who believe that Donald Trump must be removed by any means necessary. The interventionists and neocons in particular already control most of the foreign policy mechanisms but they continue to see Trump as a possible impediment to their plans for aggressive action against a host of enemies, particularly Russia. As they are desirous of bringing down Trump “legally” through either impeachment or Article 25 of the Constitution which permits removal for incapacity, it might be termed a constitutional coup.

The rationale Trump haters have fabricated is simple: the president and his team colluded with the Russians to rig the 2016 election in his favor, which, if true, would provide grounds for impeachment. The steady drumbeat is that Trump must be removed “for the good of the country” and to “correct a mistake made by the American voters.” The mainstream media is completely on board with the process.

Could we all calm down for just a moment. President Trump is the duly elected president. George W. Bush and Barack Obama did plenty of things that in retrospect should have upset a wide swath of the American public. The provocative views of Ray McGovern and Robert Parry bear consideration. These are not friends of the White House or apologists for the Trump administration. McGovern has been strongly critical of current foreign policy, most particularly of the expansion of various wars, claims of Damascus’s use of chemical weapons, and the cruise missile attack on Syria. Parry describes Trump as narcissistic and politically incompetent.

What if the Deep State is moving us in a direction that is far more dangerous than anything Donald Trump might do? A soft coup engineered by the national security and intelligence agencies would be far more dangerous to our democracy than anything coming out of the Oval Office. 

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Posted May 25, 2017 by aurorawatcherak in Government, Uncategorized

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