Former CIA Officer Under Trump Breaks His Silence About What Really Drove Trump to Launch Soleimani Raid
Douglas London is a retired Senior CIA Operations Officer and an Adjunct Associate Professor at Georgetown University's Center for Security Studies.
To say he knows something about national security and threat detection is an understatement.
Republican Senator Just Issued a Threat to Donald Trump Over His Response to the Murder of Jamal Khashoggi, and People Are Calling Her Out
Republican Senator Susan Collins of Maine is widely regarded as a moderate voice in the Senate, willing to reach across the aisle for the best interests of her home state and the country. But that reputation has taken a hit—perhaps irreparably—since President Donald Trump took office.
Now Collins is seen as all bark, no bite—all talk, no action.
While reading a prepared statement from President Donald Trump, White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders announced Wednesday that the President ordered the revocation of the security clearance for a former government official. The announcement that former Trump administration officials now under investigation for a variety of criminal offenses would be long overdue.
This was not that announcement.
Price insists that his decision was not about politics, but about the lack of respect for the work done by intelligence professionals. "What intelligence professionals want most is to know that the fruits of their labor — sometimes at the risk of life or limb — are accorded due deference in the policymaking process," wrote Price. He also criticized the appointment of senior adviser Steve Bannon to the National Security Counsel, calling out Bannon as a "champion of white nationalism."
Price's explanation offers a litany of times in the last year that President Donald Trump has demeaned and undermined the work of the intelligence community. Price calls out Trump's refusal to believe that Russia hacked the DNC's emails, the assessment of 17 U.S. intelligence agencies. He also respond's Trump's justification that the CIA was wrong about weapons of mass destruction in Iraq in 2002, saying "the intelligence community had long ago held itself to account for those mistakes and Trump himself supported the invasion of Iraq."
On the eve of Donald Trump's inauguration as the 45th president of the United States, his transition team has attempted to distance itself from reports that law enforcement and intelligence agencies have intercepted communications and financial transactions into links between Russian officials and associates of the president-elect.
“We have absolutely no knowledge of any investigation or even a basis for such an investigation,” said Hope Hicks, a spokeswoman for Trump's transition team.
The CIA concluded in a secret assessment presented to lawmakers that Russia intentionally interfered in the 2016 presidential election––specifically to help Donald Trump win. In previous assessments, the CIA characterized Russia's motivations as an attempt to undermine the electoral process. But those assessments always stopped short of saying that Moscow's goal was to help elect Trump.
According to officials briefed on the matter who spoke to The Washington Post, intelligence agencies have identified individuals with connections to the Russian government who provided WikiLeaks with thousands of emails from the Democratic National Committee and others, including those of John Podesta, Hillary Clinton's campaign chairman. U.S. officials described these individuals as "actors" known to the intelligence community who are part of a larger Russian espionage operation targeting the presidential race.
Treasure hunts are no longer just for the likes of Indiana Jones or a Dan Brown character. A new breed of digital scavenger hunts has popped up over the last three years from a mysterious online organization calling itself Cicada 3301.
According to The Independent, “Cicada 3301 (the name given to both the scavenger hunt and the unknown organization responsible for the puzzles) first began in January 4, 2012, baffling participants with a series of puzzles and codes spread across the internet and various locations worldwide.”