Intelligence

Profiles in Media Hypocrisy

Featured image The theme yesterday was that it is terrible that Trump might expose the foreign source of invaluable intelligence to the Russians. But the New York Times, annoyed that the Post scooped them, reports just a little while ago: Israel Said to Be Source of Secret Intelligence Trump Gave to Russia WASHINGTON — The classified intelligence that President Trump disclosed in a meeting last week with Russian officials at the White »

Hysteria mounts over Trump’s intel sharing with Russia

Featured image Regarding President Trump’s disclosure of classified intelligence to Rusia, Jules Suzdaltsev of Vice tweets: Just so we’re all on the same page: an allied informant is likely being tortured to death as we speak, thanks ONLY to Trump’s big mouth. Suzdaltsev has no idea whether an allied informant is being tortured. Indeed, since the location of the informant (if there is one) was not disclosed, except reportedly to Russia, there’s »

Permutations

Featured image One thing you can say for Trump: he sure knows how to keep things at a full boil. James Comey? Who? That story is so last week. . . It’s only Tuesday, but it is fairly safe to predict that Trump’s intelligence-sharing episode in the Oval Office will dominate media focus right through next Sunday’s officious TV news chat shows. Despite all of the breathless analysis of the last 18 »

McMaster’s denial

Featured image General McMaster emerged from the White House last night to read a statement denying the gist of the eye-opening Washington Post story by Greg Miller and Greg Jaffe posted earlier yesterday evening. The New York Times and the Wall Street Journal have reported companion versions of the story. Although General McMaster serves as President Trump’s national security adviser at the pleasure of the president, he is a man of unblemished »

Preliminary thoughts on Trump revealing classified info to Russia

Featured image Steve has already commented on the big news of the day — the Washington Post’s report that President Trump shared highly sensitive intelligence information with the Russians when they visited him in the Oval Office last week. I’d like to add my preliminary thoughts. The problem, if one exists, isn’t sharing information (classified or not — the president has the power to disclose such information, as I understand it) with »

Breaking: Today’s Trumpocalypse Story

Featured image Back in March I noted in a short item about how Herbert Meyer, Bill Casey’s right hand man at the CIA back during the Reagan years, warned that the intelligence community had ways of making a president’s life miserable, and that Trump had taken a huge risk in alienating the intelligence community, even if they deserve Trump’s opprobrium. We may be seeing an example of the intelligence community taking it out »

Ishmael Jones: Spy versus spy

Featured image Ishmael Jones is the pseudonymous former CIA case officer and author of The Human Factor: Inside the CIA’s Dysfunctional Intelligence Culture. He has forwarded his comments on certain aspects of the CIA’s vulnerability. He advises that his comments have been reviewed and approved by the CIA’s publications review board. Mr. Jones writes: CIA secrets were once typed on paper and stored in safes. Even the typewriter ribbons were removed at »

Intelligence Reports Raise Questions About Obama Administration Surveillance

Featured image At the end of April, the Director of National Intelligence released a report titled Statistical Transparency Report Regarding Use of National Security Authorities. The report, which is mandated by statute, conveys basic data about the intelligence community’s use of the FISA process and other intelligence-gathering techniques. Like most such reports, it raises more questions than it answers. It describes the National Security Agency’s sweeping up of international electronic communications, and »

From Russia with crud

Featured image Whatever happened to the story of Russia’s collusion with the Trump campaign? It shouldn’t be able to survive the reality of Trump’s first 100 days in office. While the investigations continue in Congress and at the FBI, I want to draw attention to a few recent columns I have found of interest. Consistent with Michael Doran’s prediction (via Twitter below), the alleged Trump collusion with Putin looks more farcical every »

Sharyl Attkisson’s timeline

Featured image Investigative journalist Sharyl Attkisson has prepared an “Obama-era Surveillance Timeline.” It is a mixed bag, containing seemingly indefensible conduct by the Obama administration, but also conduct that I consider justified and proper (e.g., the prosecution of CIA leaker Jeffrey Sterling). It’s clear to me from the timeline, though, that the kinds of intelligence abuses we’re hearing about now did not begin when Team Obama became concerned about Donald Trump. Attkisson »

Abusing FISA the first time around

Featured image Lee Smith is a Weekly Standard senior editor and Hudson Institute fellow. He also writes a weekly column for the online site Tablet. He is a sober and serious analyst of the foreign policy scene and related matters. Smith’s April 5 Tablet column hasn’t gotten the attention it deserves. In it Smith asks: “Did the Obama administration’s abuse of foreign intelligence collection start before Trump?” Smith argues that the Trump/Russia »

Thick as a wrist

Featured image John and Paul have examined the Washington Post story disclosing the existence of the FISA warrant authorizing the surveillance of Carter Page. I want only to add a brief footnote. Referring to the FISA warrant process, FBI Director James Comey has explained for the benefit of outsiders: “Those applications are often as thick as my wrist or thicker. It is a huge pain in the neck to get permission to »

Touchy about Susan Rice

Featured image Former Obama speechwriter Jon Favreau demonstrates his verbal finesse on behalf of Susan Rice in connection with the “unmasking” controversy. Like his former boss — indeed, like Rice herself — he’s a strong believer in the persuasive power of the ipse dixit. If you say so. Got it. Students of ancient history may recall that it was Rice’s job (straight, no chaser) to know the events leading to the murder »

Susan Rice unmasked, cont’d

Featured image The Daily Caller’s Richard Pollock advances the story of the day: Former President Barack Obama’s national security adviser Susan Rice ordered U.S. spy agencies to produce “detailed spreadsheets” of legal phone calls involving Donald Trump and his aides when he was running for president, according to former U.S. Attorney Joseph diGenova. “What was produced by the intelligence community at the request of Ms. Rice were detailed spreadsheets of intercepted phone »

Susan Rice unmasked, cont’d

Featured image Kim Strassel devoted her weekly Wall Street Journal column this past Friday to “What Devin Nunes knows.” In today’s reported editorial “Susan Rice unmasked” — I would guess it was written by Strassel — the Journal follows up: A U.S. intelligence official confirms to us the bombshell news, first reported Monday by Bloomberg, that Ms. Rice requested the name of at least one Trump transition official listed in an intelligence »

Susan Rice unmasked

Featured image In the adjacent post John picks up on Eli Lake’s scoop regarding former Obama administration national security adviser and Benghazi fabulist Susan Rice. Let’s take it up once more once. I’ve long identified Rice as a fool and a knave. Today we go heavy on the knave as Ms. Rice is herself unmasked. Eli reports: White House lawyers last month learned that the former national security adviser Susan Rice requested »

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 »