Once Again, the CIA Stumbles into a Vat of Disgrace, Dysfunction and Major Collateral Damage!
Michael D’Andrea, a converted American Muslim, has been assigned to implement ‘harsh operations’ against Iran and Lebanese Hezbollah. Yes, he’s the same character that led the “hunt” for the already long dead Osama bin Laden.
Michael D’Andrea likes drama. He thinks he is special and quite unusual. He carefully crafts his personality along the lines of a Jason Bourne or even a Jack Ryan but unlike either of them he likes to consider himself as the “Dark Prince”. Men who tend to hide in the shadows [Batman, Robin, the Shadow] all have a certain sexual and intellectual proclivity unlike the rest of us normal daylight creatures.
My oh My! How our CIA has become a sclerotic intelligence operation mired in a history of unconstitutional, ineffective torture. Not to mention a shameful legacy of an unwarranted deadly drone attacks which kill more innocent bystanders than High Value Targets [HVT].
I was always leery of Congressman [R-Ka.] Mike Pompeo’s appointment as DCI. He is a graduate of West Point and Harvard University [JD]. He then went on to practice law at the prestigious firm of Williams &Connolly. For a while, he was a businessman in the field of aerospace and private security.
Nowhere in his resume is there any mention that he was trained in intelligence, psy-ops, counter-intelligence or morality in interrogation.
His deputy director is Gina Haspel. According to Pompeo is “an exemplary officer and a devoted patriot who brings more than 30 years of Agency experience..”
Sounds impressive, right?
Not so fast, my friends.
In 2002, Gina oversaw the torture of two terrorism suspects and later took party in ordering the destruction of videotapes documenting the brutal, ineffectual torture held at a secret prison in Thailand. [NYTimes, 2/2/17].
Not one to miss out on the big boys’ games, Haspel also became deeply involved in the illegal practice of ‘extraordinary rendition program’ under which captured combatants were sent over to foreign governments to be held in secret prisons and tortured mercilessly.
I wonder if she has ever had her genitals attached to an electrical shock machine or had her beautiful manicured nails ripped out mercilessly?In contrast, General Mattis and I both have questioned numerous potential terrorists. We know better that a bottle of beer and a cigarette is far more effective in soliciting needed information than any form of torture. Ask your local cop/detective on the beat what he/she thinks.
Nevertheless, the inexperienced bully, DCI Pompeo, declared in an inane statement that waterboarding and other torture techniques should be considered ‘patriotic’. Following that faulty logic, Pompeo, the new Caligula of the CIA, then appointed an American operative who became a Muslim convert to better understand how to blow them up with drones flying out of sight and mind.
Now Trump has reconfigured the old CIA which had failed under Clinton, Obama, and now Trump. We wanted a #MAGA instead Trump is giving us the same old, corrupted crap from previous administrations. The list of DCI reads like an obituary of the dumb and dumber including such luminaries as John O. Brennan, George Tenet, Leon Panetta, Robert Gates, and the top banana, George H. W. Bush Sr.
So now, what can we expect from a more ‘masculine, tough approach to Iran and Hezbollah’ thanks to Michael D’Andrea? I doubt whether anyone in the CIA has spent as much time as I have with Ayatollah Khomeini. I went to his house in Tehran, Iran. I also met the IRG and the ruthless Hezbollah group led by the genius leader, Hassan Nasrallah.
If they had met these leaders, they would understand one simple fact: Don’t MESS with IRAN and HEZBOLLAH! These are not amateurs. They won’t forget how Israel and the USA started the Iran/Iraq Wars in order to destroy both countries. These two entities have had more fighting time and successes in both covert and overt operations than our entire intelligence community combined [all 17 of them].
I warn against war in Syria, Iran or Lebanon.
Despite the fact that we already have massive troop deployments there and in Iraq, Afghanistan, Yemen. We will pay a very heavy price for our continuous defeat and our single-minded stupidity. America: stop feeding the Military Industrial Crime Racket and stop doing the bidding of Israel!
Nothing belies our national intelligence more than assigning the same incompetent, dysfunctional people to engage in the same ineffectual activities as they had done after their self-created 9/11 false flag and stand down.
In the words of the young American writer, Chris Colder:
“I am ALLERGIC TO STUPIDITY!!!”