Intelligence

Farkas protests “strange video”

Featured image The American Spectator’s Jeffrey Lord has obtained an exclusive statement from Evelyn Farkas on the video of her appearance on MSNBC’s Morning Joe show earlier this month that we posted in “A Times source outs herself.” This is the statement that she provided to Lord verbatim, although I have added paragraphing in the interest of readability: Unfortunately, a few days ago a strange video of unknown provenance popped up on »

Evelyn Farkas goes Sergeant Schultz

Featured image Evelyn Farkas is the former Obama administration Department of Defense official who appeared on MSNBC earlier this month to explain and vouch for the page-one New York Times story on the Obatatons’ efforts to disseminate word of the Trump team’s supposed connection to Russian “hacking.” Farkas left the Department of Defense in late 2015 to become a Clinton campaign adviser. I wrote about her in “A Times source outs herself.” »

From the Iran file

Featured image Wall Street Journal reporter Jay Solomon’s new book is The Iran Wars: Spy Games, Bank Battles, and the Secret Deals that Reshaped the Middle East. Solomon has broken many stories on the Iran beat for the Journal. His new book is must reading on the critical national security challenge presented by the regime of the mad mullahs that is on a glide path to the acquisition of nuclear weapons with »

A Times source outs herself [updated]

Featured image Evelyn Farkas is the former Obama administration deputy secretary of defense — and now an MSNBC analyst. Appearing on air among her friends at MSNBC yesterday, she all but outed herself as a key source for the seminal New York Times story on the Obama administration’s efforts to subvert the incoming Trump administration. The March 1 Times story ran under the headline “Obama administration rushed to preserve intelligence of Russian »

So, Were Trump’s Tweets Right After All?

Featured image Today House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes told reporters that, as has long been rumored and reported, one or more intelligence agencies did collect communications of members of President Trump’s campaign during the Fall of 2016: Members of the intelligence community collected “incidental” communications of the Trump transition team during legal surveillance operations of foreign targets, a top Republican lawmaker said Wednesday afternoon. House Intelligence Chairman Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif., »

Analyze this

Featured image Politico reports on a story with manifold ramifications: Members of the Donald Trump transition team, possibly including Trump himself, were under surveillance during the Obama administration following November’s election, House Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes told reporters Wednesday. Nunes said the surveillance appears to have been legal, incidental collection and that it does not appear to have been related to concerns over collusion with Russia. Nunes is going to the White »

Yesterday’s Intelligence Committee Hearing Was a Bust

Featured image Countless news stories have been written about yesterday’s House Intelligence Committee hearing featuring FBI Director James Comey and NSA Director Mike Rogers, many of them breathless. If you scanned the headlines, you would think that the hearing produced some significant revelations. After laboriously reading the entire transcript while on vacation, my conclusion is that the hearing generated nothing of interest. The Washington Post’s account is typical. The headline is: “FBI »

Trump Vs. The Deep State: Herbert Meyer’s Perspective

Featured image Shortly after the election, and after Trump had made some of his public remarks critical of the intelligence community, I happened to lunch with Herbert Meyer, who many readers will know was assistant to CIA director William Casey in the Reagan Administration, and vice chair of the National Intelligence Council.  He remarked that Trump was running a large risk with the intelligence community, as they have ways of making a »

Don’t look now, but…

Featured image In another must-read column on the “election hacking” narrative force-fed to us incessantly by the Democrat/Media Axis, Andrew McCarthy proclaims its collapse. For his text he takes the January 19 New York Times story “Intercepted Russian communications part of inquiry into Trump associates.” Carrying the byline of four prominent New York Times reporters, the article is a masterpiece of innuendo that goes poof in one paragraph “after the sensational conspiracy »

Why did Trump go nuclear?

Featured image And here I had foolishly hoped that President Trump would let the Russia story simmer down. Here I had foolishly imagined he would follow his fine speech to Congress by focusing the public’s attention on policy and his quest to fulfill campaign promises. Sure, the mainstream media was always going to peddle the Russia story. However, it was destined, at least for a while, to fall on mostly deaf ears. »

The story so far

Featured image In the run-up to the election Louise Mensch broke the story that the Obama Justice Department and federal law enforcement authorities had obtained a Trump-related FISA warrant in October following the denial of an earlier FISA warrant request the previous June. Subsequent reports lent credence to Mensch’s story. On its way out the door the Obama administration trashed the “minimization” procedures protecting the privacy of American citizens caught in the »

What was the Flynn affair?

Featured image You would have to be a dolt to think that the big story in the affair of General Michael Flynn’s defenestration from the Trump administration is the one that blares from the headlines or screams on the Sunday gabfests. It reminds me of the Plame affair during the Bush administration. Borrowing from a Watergate-era film, I wrote about that one at some length for the Weekly Standard in “Three years »

The Intelligence Community Finally Scores!

Featured image I have been reading for many years that the CIA is more formidable in Washington infighting than anywhere else. Is there a penalty for rarely seeing what is right around the corner? One might think that is the job of an intelligence agency, but somehow repeated failures have only resulted in larger budgets. While many individual agents are undoubtedly conservatives, the careerists who run the CIA have long been liberals, »

Analyze this

Featured image Faceless bureaucrats in the intelligence and law enforcement community seek to take down the Trump administration on some pretext relating to Russia. That is my takeaway from the New York Times story “Trump Campaign Aides Had Repeated Contacts With Russian Intelligence” by Michael Schmidt, Mark Mazzetti and Matt Apuzzo. The Times story appears to be an extension of the covert campaign waged to cashier Michael Flynn noted by Eli Lake »

Martin Karo: Analyze this

Featured image It’s hard to keep up with the news in the early weeks of the Trump administration. Reader Martin Karo writes to note one story we have overlooked so far. He observes that the Daily Caller seems to be the go-to site on the story, with this excellent February 7 update as well as the February 4 report linked below. Mr. Karo titles this “We were in the very best of »

Fake News Jumps Fake Shark

Featured image Everyone knows the shark Fonzie jumped way back when was fake, right? So what do you get when fake news jumps the fake shark? You get the kind of stories about Trump that we’re seeing right now. First, Gizmodo runs a story about how the awful and evil Trump transition team is dismissing the people who run the National Nuclear Security Administration: Between the Trump transition team’s infighting, incompetence, and high-profile resignations, any decisions »

The Case For Russian Hacking

Featured image I wrote here, here and here about the Obama administration’s two reports that purport to show that the DNC’s email system was penetrated by Russian intelligence. (For reasons about which we can only speculate, they don’t talk about the intrusion into the email account of Hillary Clinton’s campaign manager, John Podesta.) I concluded that those reports completely failed to make the case that the Russians were behind the DNC hack. »