My title may sound overkill, but listen to me. There was a time when the CIA, despite deep imperfections and sloppy craftsmanship, could count on it to tell the president the truth, regardless of political party. Not anymore. He is corrupt to the top and should now be considered an enemy of the Republic.
The latest revelations from the analytical mediator of the intelligence community described in a memo from DNI John Ratcliffe are beyond shocking. Rather than telling the truth about Chinese interference in the 2020 presidential election, the CIA chose to quash intelligence that would have proven Donald Trump’s claim that the Chinese not only intervened in the 2020 election. , but played a role in launching the election for Joe Biden.
Here are the highlights of the DNI memo:
IC’s analytical mediator released a report. . . it includes revelations about the politicization of reporting on the influence of China’s elections and undue pressure on analysts who have come up with another intelligence-based view. . . .
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Analytical Standard B requires the IC to maintain “independence from political considerations”. This is particularly important when the country is, as the Ombudsman wrote, “in a hyper-partisan state”. However, the Mediator noted that:
“Chinese analysts were reluctant to rate Chinese stocks as undue influence or interference. These analysts seemed reluctant to have their analysis on China presented because they tend to disagree with the administration’s policies, saying in fact, I don’t want our intelligence to be used to support those policies. This behavior would violate Analytical Standard B: Independence from Political Considerations (IRTPA Section 1019). “. . . .
“Great efforts were made to remove the analysis of alternatives (AOA) in August [National intelligence Council Assessment on foreign election influence], and associated IC products, which is a violation of the Radecraft 4 standard and IRTPA section 1017.
National Intelligence Council (NIC) officials reported that Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) officials rejected the coordinating comments of the NIC and attempted to downplay alternative analyzes in their own production while writing the NICA. . . . .
In addition, the Ombudsman found that the CIA leadership had taken steps to [analysts] to withdraw their support “from the alternative point of view of China” in an attempt to suppress it. This was seen by the National Intelligence Officers (NIO) as politicization ”,
“Great efforts were made to remove the analysis of alternatives (AOA) in August [National intelligence Council Assessment on foreign election influence], and associated IC products, which is a violation of Radecraft 4 and IRTPA Section 1017.
National Intelligence Council (NIC) officials reported that Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) officials rejected the NIC’s coordinating comments and attempted to downplay alternative analyzes in their own production when drafting the NICA.
Let me make it very simple – the CIA prepared the books because it didn’t want to produce the evidence that proved what the president had been saying since the election was true.
It’s not a mistake. It is a betrayal of the highest level.
This is not the first time that the CIA has produced politicized intelligence or refused to produce contrary intelligence. But is this the first time the CIA has taken an overtly partisan stance against an American president and sided with a foreign enemy.
The CIA has already prepared the books. One of his most damaging acts of intelligence sabotage in the past was the fabrication of the weapons of mass destruction fraud in Iraq that was used by President Bush to start an unnecessary and unwarranted war in Iraq in 2003. But at the time, there were a few senior officers who continued to conduct themselves professionally and spoke out against the lies of Curveball, which was a major basis for the false assessment that Iraq possessed weapons of mass destruction.
I was an analyst at the CIA and saw with my own eyes how politics pressured analysts for oblique analysis. In my case, it was war in Central America. I was a Honduran analyst from September 1986 to September 1989. I wrote frequently for the Presidential Daily Brief (aka PDB), producing an average of three briefs per week for the President (Reagan and Bush). [Note, most analysts were lucky if they wrote one PDB every two weeks.] Before starting my work, I had the honor of being trained as a new analyst by the legendary George Allen. George Allen, not the football coach, was a 30-year veteran of US military intelligence and the CIA.
He is the author of the book, None So Blind: A Personal Account of the Intelligence Failure in Vietnam. From his perspective as the head of the CIA and military intelligence, Mr. Allen reveals precisely how American leaders, unwilling to deal with bad news from intelligence sources, have largely excluded intelligence. important political deliberations until it is too late. . . .
One message shines through his account of more than three decades of US policymaking in Vietnam, what Allen calls the “refusal of US officials to face reality in Vietnam.” Allen names the names of these officials. They included the three main army generals sent to South Vietnam in the 1950s and early 1960s (Joseph “Lightning Joe” Collins, Samuel T. “Hanging Sam” Williams and Paul Harkins); the Ambassador to South Vietnam in 1964-1965, Maxwell Taylor; and the Johnson administration is heavyweight Walt Rostow, McGeorge and William Bundy and Robert S. McNamara.
George Allen was in charge of the analysis on Vietnam during the preparation of the TET offensive. George, along with his senior analyst, warned President Johnson that the Viet Cong was much more powerful than what the US military commanders in Vietnam, especially General William Westmoreland were reporting. George has been pressured repeatedly by Secretary of Defense McNamara, National Security Advisor McGeorge Bundy and even President Johnson to “be a team player.” In other words, go with the flow and support the cheerful rhetoric that Vietnam was well in hand by the US military. But the intelligence of the field told a different story.
It wasn’t until several years after our withdrawal from Vietnam that the American public heard the truth about the deception in a libel lawsuit brought by General William Westmoreland against CBS.
Major General Joseph McChristian, deputy chief of intelligence under Westmoreland, told the trial that when he presented new estimates of the increased enemy strength, Westmoreland responded that sending these figures in Washington would “create a political bomb” and “embarrass my commander-in-chief [President Johnson]. ”  General McChristian said that by refusing to disclose these figures, Westmoreland, “in being loyal to the President, was being disloyal to his country”.[10
George warned us about the reality of political pressure and called us to stand strong against that pressure. He was very candid in talking about his lack of courage in pushing back when he was confronted with this pressure. He had kids in high school and no deep-pocket financial resources to enable him to take the risk of opposing too strenuously and being left without a job.
What DNI Ratcliffe reports is different and more ominous. Rather than oppose a crazed policy concocted by a President, the current batch of CIA leaders and some complicit analysts chose to lie. Rather than expose the truth about China and its subversion, they collaborated to thwart President Trump in his bid to expose the Chinese penetration and manipulation of the US election.
I spoke with a retired CIA colleague last night who was heartbroken and sick over this latest revelation. Until yesterday he still harbored the hope that there were still some good apples in CIA leadership who would put politics aside and serve the interests of the Republic regardless of their partisan leanings. He told me, “our old outfit is rotten to the core.”
The CIA is now transformed into the KGB of the bad old days in the sense that it is filled with political hacks eager to serve one particular party without regard for the welfare of the nation. The KGB told their Soviet masters what they wanted to hear. You did not advance in that intelligence service unless you played along. Speaking truth to power was not a virtue in the KGB. It is in that sense that the CIA has become the very thing it was created to fight.
This is a watershed in the history of America and marks a point that will make it very difficult for us to survive. Instead of providing the best analysis free of politics, the stench of the political corruption that covers Washington has now fully embraced the CIA.
Intelligence analysis, at its root, is more art than science. Answers usually are not black and white. There are vast amounts of gray intelligence and nuance. An honest process requires the analyst, and his or her bosses, to present the facts, good and bad. If there is dissenting views those are supposed to be laid on the table as well; not suppressed.
The IC Analytic Ombudsman makes it very clear that intelligence was hidden from the President and the Congress. We have been told a massive lie about a clean election. It was not. It was dirty as hell.