Obama Probably Won’t Like What His Former CIA Director Just Said About His Handling Of ISIS

Former CIA Director Michael Morrell stated on Thursday that, if the allegations are true that leadership within Central Command (CENTCOM) is forcing intelligence analysts to alter their reports regarding the fight against ISIS, “Someone needs to lost their job.”

Morrell, who served as acting director of the agency during 2012-13, said on the CBS Morning Show: “One of the central tenants, one of the key aspects of the policymaking process in the United States is that analysts get to say what they think without any interference, without anybody changing it, so this is a very, very serious charge. I think it needs to be fully investigated.”

He added: “If there is truth that somebody has been meddling with their analysis, I think somebody needs to lose their job over it, and there needs to be full transparency into this because it is so important that analysts be able to say what they really think.”

As reported by Western Journalism, two senior analysts working for CENTCOM filed a complaint in July with the Defense Department’s Inspector General charging that their intelligence assessments regarding ISIS and the Nusra Front in Syria are being significantly altered on a regular basis. Over 50 analysts have stepped forward to confirm the complaint. The purpose of the changes to analysts’ reports appears to be to make the air war and other U.S. led military operations look more successful at degrading ISIS than they are.

The Obama administration has resisted introducing significantly more U.S. soldiers into the region to combat ISIS, instead seeking to rely on air strikes and local fighters to bring the fight against the terrorist organization.

ISIS controls two provincial capitals of Iraq–Ramadi in Anbar and Mosul in Nineveh province in Northern Iraq. It also holds the city of Falluja, 35 miles west of Baghdad.

Image Credit: Institute for the Study of War

Image Credit: Institute for the Study of War

Brookings Institution fellow Charles Lister recently wrote concerning the war against ISIS that progress can “best be described as a series of loosely linked tactical gains, rather than a significant strategic advance.”

“The stated coalition objective is to ‘degrade and destroy’ IS as a militant organization, but it remains a potent armed force capable of capturing valuable territory and inflicting considerable material damage on its adversaries,” Lister wrote.

Fox News reports: “The House and Senate Intelligence Committees have been advised of the complaint that prompted the inspector general’s investigation, which is required if Pentagon officials find the claims credible.”

h/t: Business Insider

Welcome To The CIA’s Latest Masquerade…

I’m not afraid
I’m not ashamed
I’m not to blame…

Are we truly known?

How well do we truly know ourselves? Do we carry our insecurities and peculiarities around with us? Are we hiding the broken pieces? Are we driven by repressed fear and hidden lust?

Are we seeking revenge? Are we seeking redemption? Whose interests do we truly represent? In the end, does it even matter?

We are living in the days of deception. Question everything, and realize that if something doesn’t seem right, it’s usually much worse than you could ever imagine. Where there’s lots of smoke and fire, too often the agenda lies right around the corner. We must realize that their time is limited, and they have to move pretty swiftly to advance their cause.

Selective reporting and political cover has reaped irreconcilable damage. All hope and trust is shot. If there are significant holes and gaps in a reported narrative, they must be soundly and conclusively clarified–or we will continue to take it upon ourselves to find the pieces and see where they ultimately fit. Fool me once…

“There is quite an incredible spread of relationships. You don’t need to manipulate Time magazine, for example, because there are [Central Intelligence] Agency people at the management level.” –William B. Bader, former CIA intelligence officer, ‘The CIA and the Media‘, by Carl Bernstein

The ‘truther’ movement is merely getting warmed up. Whatever is to be done will have to be done in the light of day. Only the democrat-sheeple are left to manipulate, and their ignorance will ultimately be our nation’s death knell. They don’t call them ‘useful idiots’ for nothing.

“The Agency’s relationship with [The New York] Times was by far its most valuable among newspapers, according to CIA officials. [It was] general Times policy … to provide assistance to the CIA whenever possible.”–‘The CIA and the Media’, by Carl Bernstein

As far as the CIA goes, it is their stated responsibility to “consistently provide tactical and strategic advantage for the United States….”

How do they accomplish this? Well, they are called upon to “preempt threats and further US national security objectives by collecting intelligence that matters, producing objective all-source analysis, conducting effective covert action as directed by the President, and safeguarding the secrets that help keep our Nation safe.”

What we are left with is ultimately an uncontrolled, unaccountable and terrifying branch of government…

If they are intent on destroying a citizen they deem to be a nuisance, what could stop them? Who dares oppose their agenda?

The tables have turned. When you play with fire, you will eventually get burned. The CIA does not represent us; nor do they act on our behalf. If we have benefited from their work in any way it is merely incidental. But the trade off is inequitable. In fact, the worst case scenario of such an arrangement has been realized.

We are an inconvenience. We are but a mere nuisance. The global elites run the show; and at the end of the day, the CIA is a major tool at their disposal.

Where does that ultimately leave us? Very vulnerable!

Too much of the accessible information has gone missing. Cover Ups and agendas drive our future course and underlie the discourse.

Disinformation is power. As long as there remain so many who blindly trust the editorial content they are fed, we will remain on the outside. It is probably where God has wanted us along. But the price of ignorance is steep.

Maybe we, the majority, have already come to our senses; but the damage is already done. The news is not reported as much as it is shaped. A global agenda is at hand. Our own sovereignty and self interest has been perverted. It is no accident how the mockingbird media skews its reporting. The lying leftist media are in the business of shallow reporting and political narratives. If the case cannot be won in the public square, reported events will be falsified, hijacked, and manipulated so that an ideological mission can be advanced.

The press is dead. Talking points is the new normal. In a worst case scenario, the scene is staged

Media trust is at an all time low. The details of the latest ‘breaking news’ tragedy now take a backseat to prematurely proposed legislation (that an otherwise seemingly isolated and conveniently timed massacre can opportunistically reap). So when the details raise major suspicions, it becomes no surprise that the narrative is questioned. In a world where thoughtful analysis and a fair consideration of the facts are at a premium, there should be no room for unduly swift and emotional appeals to action (especially when a lawless liberal agenda is at hand).

Accurate reporting has gone the way of the agenda. The burden of proof now falls on those who continue to stage, manipulate and ignore. A dangerous utopian ideology has been deceptively applied. It’s a truly sinister game being perpetuated upon the masses. America is a playground, and she’s being played like never before.

Those who perceive themselves to be God are a great danger… mainly to us but mostly and eternally themselves…

What are they trying to hide?

What are we trying to hide? What are we ultimately looking for? How are we made whole?

I’m not ashamed
I’m not afraid
I’m not o.k.

Welcome to the masquerade *

(Note: George H.W. Bush was appointed CIA Director in 1976 when he announced a new policy: “Effective immediately, the CIA will not enter into any paid or contractual relationship with any full‑time or part‑time news correspondent accredited by any U.S. news service, newspaper, periodical, radio or television network or station.”)

The question remains… Should we believe ’em???

* Thousand Foot Krutch

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Bombshell: Top Secret Hillary Email Includes Discussion Of Highly Secretive Operation

Highly sensitive information was in two emails on Hillary Clinton’s private server, including a discussion of drone strikes in the Middle East, the Associated Press reported Friday. A second email could possibly point back to highly classified material in an improper manner, AP reported.

On Monday, the inspector general for the U.S. intelligence community told Congress that two of 40 emails in a random sample of the 30,000 emails Clinton gave the State Department for review contained information deemed “Top Secret/Sensitive Compartmented Information,” one of the government’s highest levels of classification.

The drone exchange, the officials said, begins with a copy of a news article that discusses the CIA drone program that targets alleged terrorists in Pakistan and elsewhere. The copy makes reference to classified information. A Clinton adviser follows up by dancing around the top secret information in a way that could possibly be inferred as confirmation, they said.

A second email about an “Egyptian proposal” for a reconciliation ceremony with Hamas reviewed by Charles McCullough, the intelligence community inspector general, appears more suspect. Some interviewed by AP said it improperly points back to highly classified material, but not all sources agreed.

“The issue is, she should come clean and deal with it,” said GOP presidential candidate Jeb Bush, campaigning Friday at the Iowa State Fair. “It’s an issue when people are prosecuted for disclosing classified information and then we now have this allegation yet to be determined, but the FBI’s looking into it, that classified information went across her private server. This is an issue. It’s not a distraction, for sure.”

Even if the emails highlighted by the intelligence community prove innocuous, Clinton will still face questions about whether she set up the private server with the aim of avoiding scrutiny, whether emails she deleted because she said they were personal were actually work-related, and whether she appropriately shielded such emails from possible foreign spies and hackers.

The FBI’s inspection of Clinton’s server could also yield valuable information into how secure the server was and whether it was ever hacked, said Elad Yoran, executive chairman of Koolspan Inc., a communications security company based in Bethesda, Maryland.

“They may be able to tell whether it was hacked and that opens up a whole other set of questions,” Yoran said.

Yoran said he considered Clinton’s use of a private email system and server to be extraordinary and wasn’t aware of any other government officials doing the same.

“This wasn’t done because it was convenient for her,” Yoran said. “There’s a ton of email services that are available that are actually quite secure, easy to use, and you can use them on every device.”

h/t: Associated Press

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Welcome To Oz: Decoding The Republican Primary Debate

The recent Republican primary debate, which was actually not a debate but more of a Q&A, evidences problems similar to those Dorothy faced in The Wizard of Oz.

For the third consecutive presidential election, the GOP has proven it can divide and conquer itself without anyone else’s help. The Republican Party cannot define itself and has lost trust and support from most conservatives. Painfully obvious attacks by Establishment Republicans on conservatives only further implodes a fragmented party unprepared to combat the Democratic war chest built by corporate donors and Hillary Clinton’s fine-tuned strategy and likely umpteenth avoidance of prison.

What most observers have known for a while is that Fox News supports the already chosen establishment candidate, Jeb Bush. Its executives have purposefully excluded Senators Rand Paul and Ted Cruz (who challenged its debate standards) from poll coverage. Megyn Kelly followed orders to attack Donald Trump, unsurprisingly creating a social media backlash. Kelly asked Trump some of the stupidest questions ever asked by anyone of any candidate ever.

Yet, her hubris and delusion became more apparent by her suggestions that Ted Cruz “get out of the race,” and that no candidate could become president without “getting through her first.”

The establishment’s choice explains why no moderator pressed Jeb Bush about his either deceitful or incompetent response about his connection to Planned Parenthood, or his family’s generational connections to the organization he supported before he opposed, before or after he “misspoke” about women’s health issues. (Depending on the day, it’s unclear what issue Bush has evolved on, including marriage.)

Politics aside, the debate caused more Americans to realize, as Dorothy did when she realized that she wasn’t in Kansas anymore, that few in the media report news anymore.

This is primarily because only six (6) corporations own 90 percent of the media in America (CBS Corporation, Comcast, Disney, News Corp., Time Warner, and Viacom). Of the roughly 1,500 newspapers, 1,000 magazines, 9,000 radio stations, 1,500 television stations, and 2,400 publishers left in America, six corporations–led by fewer than 275 executives–control what is “news.”

That’s fewer than 275 people controlling and censoring 90 percent of what Americans hear, read, or view. Comparably, that’s one media executive controlling what an entire audience the size of San Francisco hears, views, or reads as “news.”

And the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has enabled these monopolies to consolidate power and profits. Under President Bill Clinton, the 1996 Telecommunications Act significantly lifted previous regulatory constraints. By 2010, those six companies’ revenues exceeded $275 billion—36 billion times more than the country of Finland’s 2010 GDP.

By 2011, the FCC had eliminated even more regulations, including the Fairness Doctrine, which enabled broadcasters to provide even less “balanced” coverage of issues. It also enabled them to increase the number of commercial advertisements aired per hour, amassing even more wealth and consolidation of power.

As monopolies carved up their territories, journalism began to evaporate. Of the few reporters left, most are limited in their efforts to investigate and report facts. For example, if reporters had investigated the Benghazi attack, they would have uncovered and reported basic facts:

  • Benghazi was a “failed” CIA weapons smuggling operation designed to steal and transport weapons from Libya to Syria;
  • The CIA used these weapons to arm and train the alleged “junior league” “Syrian rebels” to overthrow Syrian president Bashar al-Assad;
  • These rebels became ISIS, now using American money, ammunition, machinery, and even brand new Toyota trucks, to commit widespread genocide of Christians;
  • Saudi Arabia, Turkey, and Qatar all wanted Assad deposed. America did its bidding, initiating a regional proxy war by using a loophole in a 1970 law to authorize the CIA’s operation;
  • The only problem is that Americans died, potentially exposing what the government wanted to remain hidden.

As a result, nearly all news organizations spewed out the same propaganda: violence in Libya was caused by a video, “The Innocence of Muslims.” Yet common sense should have demanded that basic questions be asked and answered:

  • How could any Libyan understand a video in English that most did not even have access to view?
  • Even if they had known some English, it’s doubtful they could have understood who the characters were or the actors’ epic failed attempts at satire or comedy. (That was even lost on westerners. In fact, the video is so bad that no rational person could label it as “acting” by any standard.)

Had the media reported on this, perhaps there would have been Congressional hearings like those of Watergate or Iran Contra. Many government officials should have gone to jail. Yet the person largely responsible for this, Hillary Clinton, received a “Liberty Medal” from Jeb Bush on the eve of the Benghazi anniversary—which no moderator even touched. Nor did they ask why he and Hillary Clinton receive millions of dollars from the same ultra-rich mega donors.

Nor did they ask the common sense question: why would the American government send billions of dollars to Iran, a country that has openly expressed its intent to destroy America? Isn’t aiding and abetting America’s enemy treason?

Treason used to be taken seriously. But then again, so did the media.

Few news organizations, if any, are reporting on where Iran first got its nuclear technology–Eisenhower’s “Atoms for Peace” program–or that the CIA overthrew Iran’s democratically elected republic in 1953. That is partially because Iran is inextricably linked to one of the six media corporations–Disney, which owns ABC News.

In 1979, at the behest of the government, ABC News ran a temporary program, “America Held Hostage,” to “keep Americans informed” about the Iranian hostage crisis. This nightly news program eventually became “Nightline.” Yet, did “Nightline” ever report that the Iranian revolution was an attempt to oust the brutal dictator the CIA had put in power?

Iran is also linked to Fox News, whose second largest shareholder is billionaire Saudi Prince Alwaleed bin Talal. His Kingdom Holding Co. owns 6.6% of News Corp.’s (one of the six major corporations) entertainment company, 21st Century Fox, which includes Fox Searchlight, the Fox broadcasting network, and Fox News. The Saudis have been closely connected to the Bushes for nearly 100 years, and have a vested interest in the struggle against Shiite Muslims (Iran) and American foreign policy.

Yet, fewer than 275 people censor these facts.

What became more obvious to more people after watching the debate is that “news coverage” differs vastly from reality. And, more Americans are confronting, like Dorothy, the man behind the curtain frantically pulling levers and pushing buttons, beaming false information from “the wizard” on a screen while also telling her to “Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain!”

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Danish Diplomats: Obama Lied About Threat of Islamic State

A couple of months after Islamic State began to conquer large areas in Iraq and Syria, an assistant reporter working for the Japanese paper Asahi Shimbun met with diplomats of the Danish embassy in Damascus.

They told the assistant reporter (who told Western Journalism she prefers to stay anonymous) that the CIA had repeatedly warned the Obama administration and Western governments that ISIS was the biggest threat to world peace since Hitler’s Nazi regime. The diplomats said they used to receive CIA cables with warnings about Islamic State’s activities.

The conversation between the diplomats and the Asahi reporter took place in Copenhagen months after President Obama had called Islamic State a ‘junior varsity’ team and later blamed the U.S. intelligence services for underestimating the threat of ISIS.

Today, Obama and other world leaders still have trouble recognizing the true character of ISIS and even want us to refrain from using the name ‘Islamic State’ for ISIS. Only last week, UK Prime Minister David Cameron tried to convince the media in the United Kingdom not to use the name ‘Islamic State’ anymore.

The BBC has now started to call ISIS “the entity that calls itself the Islamic State.” Israeli media use to call Islamic State ‘Daesh,’ which is the Arabic acronym for Islamic State in Iraq and Syria/Levant.

Middle East expert Dr. Mordechai Kedar thinks that politicians, media personalities, academicians, and experts who refuse to use the name Islamic State ”have a visceral and psychological opposition to recognizing this organization as a state, even though the area it controls as of today is 15 times the size of Israel.”

Kedar wrote in an op-ed for Israel National News that “denial is of no use, however, and laundering a name will not change reality, because what looks like a state, sounds like a state and functions like a state – is a state, even if we dislike it intensely. Denying Islamic State’s existence is like much of the Arab world’s denial of Israel’s existence for over 67 years and their use of the insulting name ‘The Zionist Entity’ for the Jewish State.”

I hereby call upon the world to open its eyes, admit the reality that has been forced on the Middle East and understand that Islamic State intends to stay and has no plans to evaporate. Islamic State is part of the Middle East reality and the world must relate to it as a state. In case anyone is wondering. Let me state clearly that I have not turned into a public relations lackey of Caliph Abu Bakr el-Baghdadi.

On the contrary, I call on the world to regard his state exactly as it did Nazi Germany, because that is the only way the world can overcome the psychological barrier that allows it to live in denial. It must wake up, look reality straight in the eye, prepare for war and destroy Islamic State. For as long as the world relates to that entity as an organization, gang, group, or something with unintelligible initials, there is a feeling that it can be overcome if the West bombs here and there, eliminates someone here and there – and there is no greater error than that kind of thinking.

He then continued to explain that ISIS is not an organization anymore but indeed a state:

A state is a political entity that is in control of territory, has governmental institutions and the ability to carry out its policies, enact laws and enforce them on the population living in that territory.  It must be able to defend its lands and interests by means of armed forces, maintain an administrative and economic system that allows its citizens to lead their daily lives. All of these characteristics can be found in Islamic State….

It is important to note that Islamic State has removed the words “Iraq and Syria” from its name. It sees itself as ruler of the entire world, erasing the borders set by colonialists. Islamist doctrine holds that Allah created a single world, and that no one has the right to carve it into states and countries. Allah gave the world Islamic Sharia, the heavenly and perfect legal system that is the most suitable for Mankind, and no human being has the right to enact other, man-made laws.

Kedar warned that if the world continues to live in a state of denial about the true character and the aspirations of Islamic State, the consequences will be dire.

He is convinced the time has come for a massive military effort to destroy the Islamic State:

The world must open its eyes, awaken and begin to plan the way it is going to have to deal with Islamic  State, before that state deals with the world. Bombing from the air will not eliminate Islamic State, the only way that will work is boots on the ground – armies that will send Islamic State fighters where they belong. It is either them or us, and anyone who hopes that Iran will do the work for him will be bitterly disappointed: Despite the hatred and aversion that lies between the Sunni Islamic state and Shiite Iran, both wish to see Islam’s hegemony over the entire globe. Iran will not do anything significant against Islamic State so as not to help the haughty and heretic nations of the West.

Islamic State is growing by leaps and bounds, more and more organizations are joining it and more and more people are adopting its ideas. This state did not exist a year and a half ago, but it has metamorphosed into the latest thing in international politics. It is a serious threat to Western civilization and if the West does not begin serious military action, the danger will turn into an existential one. The longer the West waits to respond, the harder, longer and dearer the war –and  yes, it is going to be a real war – against Islamic State will be.

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