Trump Vs The Deep State: Is There A CIA Conspiracy Against Trump?

by Swarajya Staff - Jan 16, 2017 04:03 PM +05:30 IST
Trump Vs The Deep State: Is There A CIA Conspiracy Against Trump?Donald Trump (Mark Lyons/Getty Images)
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  • There are no two ways about it. President-elect Trump is taking on the all powerful and all pervasive Deep State.

After the outgoing CIA Director John Brennan launched a blistering attack on Donald Trump in an interview, the President-elect retaliated by insinuating that the CIA chief was behind the publication of scurrilous 'intelligence' dossier claiming that President-elect had deep links with Russia.

In an interview with Fox News, Brennan claimed that Trump does not fully grasp the significance of geopolitical threat posed by Russia.

"I think Mr Trump has to understand that absolving Russia of various actions it has taken in the past number of years is a road that he needs to be very, very careful about moving down."

"Spontaneity is not something that protects national security interests and so therefore when he speaks or when he reacts, just make sure he understands that the implications and impact on the United States could be profound," Brennan added.

Brennan also warned that the President-elect, by his public expression of a lack of confidence in the US intelligence apparatus, is undermining what the work agencies have been doing in securing American interests across the globe.

"There is no basis for Mr Trump to point fingers at the intelligence community for 'leaking' information that was already available publicly."

Is There A CIA Conspiracy Against Trump?

Glenn Greenwald, a well regarded investigative journalist, who aided Edward Snowden release his information, recently wrote an insightful piece arguing that the Deep State is conspiring against Trump, given that his policy prescriptions are likely to upset the well-oiled war machinery of American agencies.

"The serious dangers posed by a Trump presidency are numerous and manifest. There are a wide array of legitimate and effective tactics for combatting those threats: from bipartisan congressional coalitions and constitutional legal challenges to citizen uprisings and sustained and aggressive civil disobedience. All of those strategies have periodically proven themselves effective in times of political crisis or authoritarian overreach.

“But cheering for the CIA and its shadowy allies to unilaterally subvert the US election and impose its own policy dictates on the elected president is both warped and self-destructive. Empowering the very entities that have produced the most shameful atrocities and systemic deceit over the last six decades is desperation of the worst kind. Demanding that evidence-free, anonymous assertions be instantly venerated as truth – despite emanating from the very precincts designed to propagandise and lie – is an assault on journalism, democracy and basic human rationality. And casually branding domestic adversaries who refuse to go along as traitors and disloyal foreign operatives is morally bankrupt and certain to backfire on those doing it.

“Beyond all that, there is no bigger favour that Trump opponents can do to him than attacking him with such lowly, shabby and obvious shams by recruiting large media outlets to lead the way. When the time comes to expose Trump’s actual corruption and criminality, who is going to believe the people and institutions who have demonstrated their willingness to endorse any assertions, no matter how factually baseless, and who deploy any journalistic tactic, no matter how unreliable and removed from basic means of ensuring accuracy?”

Will JFK's Fate Befall Trump?

The new Senate minority leader Charles Schumer accused Trump of “being really dumb”, for taking on the CIA and questioning its conclusions regarding Russia.

“Let me tell you, you take on the intelligence community, they have six ways from Sunday at getting back at you…. He’s being really dumb to do this.”

Writing in The Future of Freedom Foundation, Jacob G Hornberger provides the following insight:

Ever since the Kennedy assassination, no president has dared to tangle with the national-security establishment at a fundamental level. Everyone in Washington knows where the real power of the federal government is centered. (See the excellent book National Security and Double Government by Michael Glennon). Every president knows that he is expected to operate within the parameters set forth by the national-security establishment and every president since Kennedy has dutifully complied.
Once he assumes the presidency, Trump might be the first president since Kennedy to violate that sacred rule of the national-security establishment. If he does and if he refuses to do what previous presidents have done, it will be interesting to see the outcome. As Sen Schumer has pointed out, the CIA and other intelligence agencies have “six ways from Sunday” by which to retaliate.
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