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Report: Trump Set To Overhaul ‘Politicized’ Intelligence Agencies

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“They all need to be slimmed down”

Steve Watson
Prison Planet.com
January 5, 2017

As the issue of the hacking of DNC emails rumbles on, following the CIA’s assertion that Russia attempted to affect the US election outcome, President-elect Donald Trump plans to ‘slim down’ US intelligence agencies in a restructuring effort, according to a report.

The Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday that Trump is seeking to overhaul at least two major intelligence agencies, one being the CIA, and the other being the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI).

“The view from the Trump team is the intelligence world [is] becoming completely politicized,” an inside source commented. “They all need to be slimmed down. The focus will be on restructuring agencies and how they interact.”

Sources close to Trump say that the new president believes that the ODNI, which was another fallout of the 9/11 attacks, has become overtly politicized, and needs to be restructured.

The agency was established to build better communication between the different intelligence agencies and encourage more information sharing. However, Trump and his advisors believe it has become too ‘bloated’ and wieldy, according to the report.

The report indicates that retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, Trump’s nominee for security adviser, as well as Rep. Mike Pompeo (R-Ky.), Trump’s pick for CIA director, are heading up the intelligence re-vamp.

Democratic opponents have already criticized the proposal, saying that it will negatively impact improvements made within the intelligence agencies since 9/11.

Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee, said the ODNI “has played a crucial role in coordinating and integrating intelligence and breaking down stove-pipes.”

“Any move to arbitrarily slash the office will diminish its effectiveness and reverse many of the important gains we had made since 9/11.” Schiff claimed in a statement.

“Moreover, to propose changing the CIA’s operational structure because of loose allegations of politicization — claims based on nothing more than the Agency’s willingness to contradict the President-elect’s preferred version of events — would be a mistake of the highest order,” he said.

Schiff failed to mention the fact that the CIA has a long and storied history of lies, meddling in domestic and foreign politics, and manipulation of global events to suit its own agenda, including carrying out and aiding political assassinations and military coups.

Trump’s desire to tame the CIA and its offspring is not unprecedented. President John F. Kennedy famously said he wished to “splinter the CIA into a thousand pieces and scatter it into the winds” following the debacle of the Bay of Pigs invasion of Cuba.

It is also believed that the State Department simultaneously wanted the CIA to be stripped of its capacity to engage in covert activities and to be renamed. According to author Peter Kornbluh, in his book  Bay of Pigs Declassified, the primary reason this did not happen was due to the CIA’s then-director, John McCone, literally burning most of the copies of a damning report on the Bay of Pigs by the agency’s own inspector general.

JFK was assassinated, many believe at the behest of CIA insiders who held a grudge over the Bay of Pigs, and knew Kennedy was planning to shatter the agency.

Following JFK’s death, Former President Harry Truman penned an op ed which stated “I never had any thought that when I set up the CIA that it would be injected into peacetime cloak and dagger operations. … I, therefore, would like to see the CIA be restored to its original assignment as the intelligence arm of the president … and that its operational duties be terminated or properly used elsewhere.”

Trump is thus following in the footsteps of the two most respected Presidents of the modern era in seeking to restore the CIA to its intended position.

In a tweet sent out Wednesday, the president-elect expressed solidarity with WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange’s assertion that the DNC email released by WikiLeaks were not obtained by Russia or indeed any state actor.

In further tweets, Trump also asked why the DNC did not have “hacking defenses.”

This article was posted: Thursday, January 5, 2017 at 7:22 am

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