AMERIKA: ‘The Art of War’, Taming the 1.3 Trillion Dollar ‘Intelligence’ Monster

Source – voltairenet.org

“…General Flynn is getting ready to rock the world of US intelligence and override all post 9/11 reforms. This would put an end to the obsession with secret prisons and targeted assassinations and mark a return to the true nature of intelligence”:

(Trump: I don’t trust U.S. intelligence information – By Nick Gass)

Donald Trump offered a blunt explanation for why he wants retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn at his side as he gets his first classified briefing at FBI headquarters on Wednesday — he doesn’t trust intelligence information coming from those currently in charge.

(Also Read: The true cost of national security, http://www.cjr.org/united_states_project/the_true_cost_of_national_secu.php?page=all)

“I think he’s a great guy. I’ve gotten to know him. He’s been a real fan of mine and defender of mine and he’s a terrific guy, a terrific general — tough, smart. Feels like I do about illegal immigration, in particular,” Trump told Fox News’ Ainsley Earhardt in Milwaukee on Tuesday night. “He wants to make sure the right people are coming into our country, not the people that we’re probably taking in right now. We don’t even know who we’re taking in. I mean, we have people coming into our country, we have no idea who they are, where they come from and he’s somebody that I believe in.

Earhardt followed up by asking whether Trump trusts “intelligence.”

“Not so much from the people that have been doing it for our country. I mean, look what’s happened over the last 10 years. Look what’s happened over the years. It’s been catastrophic. And, in fact, I won’t use some of the people that are sort of your standards, you know, just use them, use them, use them, very easy to use them, but I won’t use them because they’ve made such bad decisions,” said Trump, who will also be joined by New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie at the inaugural briefing. “You look at Iraq. You look at the Middle East. It’s a total powder keg. It’s a — if we would have never touched it, it would have been a lot better. I mean, we would have been much better off. On top of which, we’ve spent probably $4 trillion. Nobody even knows what we’ve spent. So, no, I have great people, and Gen. Flynn is one of them.”

Rudy Giuliani, the former mayor of New York City and a Trump supporter, said he agreed with Trump’s decision to have Flynn accompany him for the briefing.

“He should take Gen. Flynn with him to be able to ask critical questions. This is the art of being a good executive,” Giuliani explained. “If I were going to a national security briefing as a presidential candidate, and I’ve had top security clearances as associate attorney general, U.S. attorney, even as mayor during Sept. 11 in particular, I would take one or two experts with me to critically analyze it.”

Echoing Trump, Giuliani remarked, “the reality is, our intelligence has been terrible.”

“I mean, our intelligence has really let us down on a number of occasions, and there’s something substantially wrong with the way we gather intelligence,” Giuliani said. “When the president of the United States can say just a short really, just a short while ago that ISIS is the JV team, something is wrong with our intelligence.”

http://www.politico.com/story/2016/08/trump-us-intelligence-briefing-227109

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(General Flynn’s Proposals to Reform Intelligence – by Thierry Meyssan)

Thierry Meyssan considers that General Flynn is getting ready to rock the world of US intelligence and override all post 9/11 reforms. This would put an end to the obsession with secret prisons and targeted assassinations and mark a return to the true nature of intelligence: making sense of and anticipating developments around the world.

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General Michael T. Flynn, the next US National Security adviser is in the process of organizing a radical overhaul of the Intelligence Services.

According to our sources, he is getting ready to challenge the big reforms that took place during the Bush and Obama years:
- placing all 16 Intelligence agencies under the exclusive authority of a Director of National Intelligence, supposed to supervise information sharing;
- abolishing the line between agents on the ground and analysts in favour of functional centres such as the ones we see in the TV series 24.

As we had highlighted at the time, and as General Flynn has also subsequently emphasized:
- the Director of National Intelligence clearly had the power to centralize intelligence which until then had been dispersed, but he lacked the power to interfere with how the different agencies were operating. So for example, he did not have the power to remove an incompetent officer.
- key point: the current functional centres excel in providing information instantly. They are able to pinpoint an individual anywhere in the world and, if need be, eliminate him. But this is not Intelligence. The correct term is crime. Even if the CIA miraculously topples the regimes that the White House disapproves of and sets up secret prisons, it is not by any measure more knowledgeable on anticipating political developments, and to a lesser extent still, military developments.

Michael T. Flynn was so disappointed with how the new CIA was working that he tried – in vain – to set up a service within the Defense Department to compensate for its shortcomings: the Clandestine Defense Service.

Colonel James H. Baker, who is currently directing the strategic office of the Pentagon and who is, like Flynn opposed to the neo-conservatives, should be promoted.

The nomination of Mike Pompeo as the next director of the CIA would have been conditional upon him agreeing to override the reforms brought into being under President Bush and Obama. Despite his extreme declarations – in favour of secret prisons and against the shi-ites – the Kansas representative and the former captain of the calvary, should behave like an obedient soldier.

The current director of National Intelligence, James R. Clapper announced that his role would end with President Obama. Thus his post should disappear.

The 16 agencies should no longer be accountable to the National Intelligence Director but only to the National Security Adviser. In other words, they will be accountable to General Flynn personally.

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Anoosha Boralessa

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Contralínea (Mexico)

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