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Why Has Donald Trump Hired Steve Feinberg As An Advisor?

BY Herschel Smith
1 month, 1 week ago

George posts four videos for Monday.  Go watch them all.  I’ll only embed the first one, but in it George bets everything that if Steve Feinberg makes his way into the Trump administration, the entire investigation of the CIA, DynCorp and Clinton Foundation of war-making, oil plays, and drug and human trafficking will come to an end.  Of course, this would be a sad state of affairs, and God would punish our country for it.  Not just the leaders, but the country … corporately.  All of us.

U.S. Spies: Following The Narrative I Said They Would One Month Ago

BY Herschel Smith
1 month, 2 weeks ago

Recall precisely one month ago when I said this?

First, trot out some CIA shills to say that Russia was meddling in the affairs of America.  Unnamed people, saying things using unnamed sources, of course.  Next, claim that any porn or CP found on computers is a Russian plant.  Next, quickly and silently pass the Countering Disinformation and Propaganda Act.  Next, trot out Senator John McCain to say that he cannot believe that Trump doesn’t believe all of this.

Today, we learned this.

Director of National Intelligence James Clapper told a Senate committee hearing that he wouldn’t be surprised if Russian hackers put child pornography on US computers.

The only step I missed was the one on the ridiculous claims about Trump in Prague.  That way, the intel community can say, “See, even you’ve been affected by that horrible Vlad dude who did nefarious things to your reputation.  They did it to us too!”

They’re so damned predictable they don’t even make this difficult for me.

Solving The Puzzle Of The CIA, DynCorps, The Clinton Foundation, And Oil, Money, Weapons And Children

BY Herschel Smith
1 month, 2 weeks ago

George begins to tie the bow on the present for the incoming government, which may or may not be in a position or have the moral courage to deal with the problem.  George also names names, including sitting Senators.  Listen carefully.

An interesting point comes up in the video that will make you think a bit.  George says that in his opinion, a DynCorps person will be at the bottom of the pile of bodies in every mass shooting in America you can remember, at least the recent ones.

Think about that for a moment.  And watch his video for the beginning stages of wrapping this all up.

CIA = Gossipers And Liars

BY Herschel Smith
1 month, 2 weeks ago

Consider the ridiculous and obscene spectacle you’ve witnessed yesterday and today.  We all knew that the MSM was dead.  We knew that the CIA and FBI was involved in international drug trade, human trafficking, toppling of countries and weapons trafficking.

But the level of childishness we’ve witnessed is beyond belief.  The WSJ has a version that goes something like this.

A former British intelligence officer who is now a director of a private security-and-investigations firm has been identified as the author of the dossier of unverified allegations about President-elect Donald Trump’s activities and connections in Russia, people familiar with the matter say.

Christopher Steele, a director of London-based Orbis Business Intelligence Ltd., prepared the dossier, the people said. The document alleges that the Kremlin colluded with Mr. Trump’s presidential campaign and claims that Russian officials have compromising evidence of Mr. Trump’s behavior that could be used to blackmail him. Mr. Trump has dismissed the dossier’s contents as false and Russia has denied the claims.

Mr. Steele, 52 years old, is one of two directors of the firm, along with Christopher Burrows, 58.

Mr. Burrows, reached at his home outside London on Wednesday, said he wouldn’t “confirm or deny” that Orbis had produced the report. A neighbor of Mr. Steele’s said Mr. Steele said he would be away for a few days. In previous weeks Mr. Steele has declined repeated requests for interviews through an intermediary, who said the subject was “too hot.”

4Chan has a different version that can be read here and hereHere is a summary.

On january 10, Buzzfeed posted a story under the byline of Ken Bensinger, Mark Schoofs and Miriam elder titled “these reports Allege Trump Has Deep Ties To Russia” and posted a link to a document alleging, among other things, that russia has been cultivating trump for 5+ years, that trump has been in constant contact with the kremlin for information on his opponents, and perhaps most inflammatory, that there are many recorded instances of blackmail of trump in sexual misconduct. A prominent claim is that trump rented the presidential suite of the Ritz Carlton Hotel in moscow, where he knew that the Obamas had slept in; he them hired a number of prostitutes to perform a ‘golden shower’ (pissplay) on the bed and in the room. https://www.buzzfeed.com/kenbensinger/these-reports-allege-trump-has-deep-ties-to-russia?utm_term=.jdyKR56pj#.skw2lK8Nd

https://assets.documentcloud.org/documents/3259984/Trump-Intelligence-Allegations.pdf

Noted #nevertrump voice Rick Wilson later commented on twitter, stating that the report “gave a new meaning to Wikileaks” (https://twitter.com/TheRickWilson/status/818982395202379777) and that the report was the reason everybody was fighting so hard against the election of Trump. (https://twitter.com/TheRickWilson/status/818983514335047680)

The remarkable thing? It’s all fake. And not only fake; it’s a prank perpetuated by 4chan, on Rick Wilson himself. A post on 4chan on october 26 stated “mfw managed to convince CTR and certain (((journalists))) on Twitter there’ll be an October surprise on Trump this Friday” along with a picture of a smug face with a hash name. http://archive.4plebs.org/pol/thread/94704894/#94705224on november 1, a person without a picture but is assumed to be the same person posted “So they took what I told Rick Wilson and added a Russian spy angle to it. They still believe it. Guys, they’re truly fucking desperate – there’s no remaining Trump scandal that’s credible.” https://archive.4plebs.org/pol/thread/95568919/#95571329on january 10, moments after the story broke and began to gain traction on social media, a person with the same smug grin face, and the same hash title for the picture, stated “I didn’t think they’d take it so far.” http://boards.4chan.org/pol/thread/106514445#p106520376

This story has taken on something of a life of it’s own. Going through Rick Wilson’s twitter, you can find many different stories from the time that he had shown the story to a wide number of anti-trump news sources, trying to find a news organization that would actually publish the story. During that time period, he referred to it often as ‘the thing’, and often playing coy with followers on the content with the story with anybody who was not also a #Nevertrumper. Unconfirmed sources has people as high up as John McCain giving the story to FBI Director James Comey to attempt to verify the story. Given that Rick Wilson runs in Establishment circles, it is not an impossible scenario that long-serving senators are falling for what amounts to a 4chan troll trump supporter creating an ironic October Surprise out of wholecloth to punk a GOPe pundit who derogatorily referred to them as single men who masturbate to anime.

Either way, or perhaps with some combination of the two, 4Chan is trolling and gas lighting the GOPe and they fell for it, John McCain the hardest for handing such a thing to the CIA.

But the CIA looks like school boys.  They didn’t even verify the simplest of things, e.g., people named in the report.  Donald Trump is suspicious, as he should be, and proved today with his own little sting operation that there are leaks coming from the intelligence community.

Here is what Trump should do.  He should bust up the CIA into a thousand pieces and scatter it to the wind to be blown away like so much tares (Matthew 13).  They haven’t helped with anything at all in recent memory, not OIF or OEF, not Iran, not Egypt, not Benghazi, nothing.  They have stayed silent on #Pizzagate, and they continue to follow the seven-country plan George Webb has so thoroughly dissected.

They have been an impediment to peace and stability, and they are involved in the international drug trade and trafficking of weapons, oil, money and humans.  They can’t present a real piece of intelligence to the President-elect, what they tell him has to be assumed to be worthless or worse, lies designed to cause some sort of instability or to enrich some billionaire.

They can’t even talk to the President-elect without going to the press and gossiping about it.  I guess those homes in D.C. and Alexandria have become a little too comfy, those college tuition payments for their children a little too reliable, the demands on them a little too soft, and the moral expectations far too low.

Bust the entire organization up and rebuild it some other way, some other time, and some other place.  We don’t need them.

UPDATE:

It dawned on me that many of my current readers haven’t been with me for ten years, long ago when I was doing primarily military blogging.  “Sam Culper” makes a comment at WRSA that caused me to fill in the blanks a bit, and I thought I would paste it here.  Sam doesn’t like my prescription or my “demeaning” the entire organization because of some bad apples.  He responds to what I paste, and feel free to go over to WRSA and see what Sam posted.  But I figured that I owed my newer readers a rundown of the long history I have with the DIA/CIA.

Begin paste.

I was reviewing the book on JSOC by Sean Naylor (he sent it to me for a review), and those on the ground knew within two days exactly who conducted the assault on Benghazi. Down to the group and people who did it.

They beat me and my readers by only about a day. My military readers knew within hours that it was a pre-planned, well-coordinated assault with comms, known coordinates and the use of combined arms. Within a few more days we had outlined the QRF and other assets available for assistance. Again, the men on the ground beat us by a couple of days, and they were there, we were in the states with no direct access to intel.

I outlined the need for border security in Western Iraq (esp. in the al-Qa’im area) well before they ever began to perform interdiction ops or assist the local LEOs in that area. As it turned out, 80-100 foreign fighters were coming through that little town per month from Syria. The intel community was only a couple of years behind me.

As for Afghanistan, I called out General David Rodriguez for the idiot he was (I am not being emotional here – Rodriguez is an idiot). When he went on the record saying that the Taliban were on their heels and there wouldn’t be a spring offensive, I said that there would be a robust spring offensive and I outlined EXACTLY what the Taliban would do. I said in multiple posts that they would attack the Northern and Southern logistics lines, Khyber and Chaman. Sure enough, that’s EXACTLY what they did in the spring, and because we were sitting in comfy FOBs thinking we had won, we weren’t ready. I suggested sending the Marines to the Hindu Kush because of this, and where did they send them? Helmand. So in Helmand I watched what was happening in Now Zad, and one year before we actually boosted the presence in Now Zad Marines were being cut to pieces and had to have a high surgeon to Marine ratio there because we didn’t take it seriously. To this day Tim Lynch will tell you I was the only one covering Now Zad. Everyone else was in a fog, including the intel community.

I could go on, and on, and on, and on. These are merely quick examples off the top of my head. I know I was being read in *.mil network and *.gov domains and that I was being heard. I saw the visits. They just ignored me.

It’s one thing to believe that there are patriots left. It’s quite another to say that they are producing anything of value if it’s not being read or used. You might disagree with my conclusions or prescriptions, but I assure you I didn’t write it in an emotional fit. This has been ten years in the making.

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Will Jason Chaffetz Subpoena The Actors In The CIA, Clinton Foundation And DynCorps Drug, Money, Oil, Weapons And Child Trafficking Scandal?

BY Herschel Smith
1 month, 2 weeks ago

How would you like to see Trey Gowdy cross examine the actors in the drug, money, oil, weapons and child trafficking scandal?  I would actually pay good money to watch that.  A lot of it.  The Congress could sell tickets for a hefty sum of money, and use that to pay the federal marshals to go arrest the bad actors who are currently hidden from view. As for my take, I’ll wait and see. Perhaps George knows something I don’t about all of this. Chaffetz always seem to step right up to the river, but then refuses to get his feet wet. Fast and Furious is but one example.

I do want to address one thing.  You’re going to notice George triangulating on the question “Did Neil Brown and Eric Braverman know about the human trafficking part of these operations?”  He has mentioned that in the past several videos.

Now to be sure, the human trafficking part of this is obscene, awful, hideous and repugnant.  But let me be clear about this.  The Scriptural stipulations for the crimes of rape, kidnapping and murder are all the same: the death penalty.  It makes it no less obscene and criminal if Neil Brown and Eric Braverman knew only about the oil, wars, killings, drug running, and weapons trafficking but didn’t know about the human trafficking.

Men, women and children died as a result of their quest for power and money.  The guilty must be punished.  The American people will demand nothing less.  Oh, and by the way, as for that argument that George is sure will come that we, the CIA, only wanted to get the evidence and shut these rings down, that’s rather like finding your kid in the cookie jar only to hear him say that he was going to turn in his brother.  He’s really on your side.

That’s bullshit, of course.

Concerning The FBI Coup, The CIA, The “Deep State,” And The Clinton Foundation

BY Herschel Smith
1 month, 2 weeks ago

George Webb has been prolific lately communicating many important things, and also providing groundbreaking analysis of the information he presents.  You can visit his YouTube channel for yourself, and you should, every day.  I want to link only two of his videos here, but in my opinion they are the most important videos he has done.  Seriously, if you do nothing else today, you need to watch these two videos entirely.

Before I embed them below, I want to offer up a number of comments.  I have a lot to communicate and I don’t know of another way to do it except to go in no particular sequential order.  It’s my fervent hope that George reads this post and that you regularly watch George’s videos.  If I can’t do anything else, I certainly can connect my readers to good men like George.

In the first video I link, George clearly says that he is receiving FBI help.  I had suspected so from the outset.  This lends credence to the idea that there are some patriots left inside the U.S. government, and that there is a war going on within the intelligence community.

George clearly believes, after cataloging the recent deaths associated with investigators of The Clinton Foundation, deaths I didn’t know about until watching the first video, that he will end up like those who have been killed.  In other words, he is predicting his own death at the hands of the deep state.  Watch the video and see for yourself.

Now, I don’t know about that, as neither I nor George is a “prophet or son of a prophet.”  We don’t know the future.  But what we do know is that these things are happening, and The Clinton Foundation and associated deep state actors should know too that we’re watching them.  We’re watching their every move, at least those we can see.

If anything happens to George, we know where to look.  If anything happens to me, you’ll know where to look.  Like George, I don’t hide behind a nom de guerre.  I’m not anonymous – I write under my own name.  My son Joseph and I have discussed this before.  Rehearsing the danger I believe it is for me to write about these issues, after learning about the issues surrounding #Pizzagate, the deep state, the rogue generals and The Clinton Foundation, I said that I simply cannot turn away.  Joseph encouraged me that I cannot, and reminded me of Psalm 1:1.  “Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.”

But I have counsel for George.  He also clearly said that he isn’t a “gun person” and never has been.  He seems almost resigned to death at the hands of the deep state.  As I said, neither of us knows the future, but it’s our responsibility to act on our own behalf and engage in meaningful self defense.

All human institutions and interactions are couched and framed in terms of covenant.  All of them, whether we choose them to be or not.  Marriage isn’t a chance to do your own thing regardless of promises you’ve made to your spouse.  There are promises and penalties associated with the vows you made.  Families are framed as a covenant.  A man cannot simply do to his children as he sees fit, even if that means abusing them.  There are penalties associated with that, as there should be.

Your job is a covenant, where you promise to provide work in payment for a wage.  The state is also a covenant, whether the government wants it to be or not.  Our particular covenant is the U.S. constitution.  The government must abide by it just as we must.  On too many occasions to catalog, the government has broken covenant with the American people.  The things George is discussing all constitute breakage of the covenant.  The guilty must be punished.  There are consequences along with promises in the covenant.

As for George, listen to me very carefully.  You are in covenant with God as well.  He expects you, no, He demands that you protect your own life to the extent you can.  He has made you in His own image, and He doesn’t take its careless loss lightly.  As for those FBI agents who are helping you with the information and analysis, if they have turned you loose with information and analysis but with no means to effect or training in self defense, they have done you an injustice.

Contact them and tell them I told you so.  If they cannot or will not assist you in learning self defense, contact me and I will assist you.  You must do this.  It is your solemn obligation.  Hear me, George.  It is appointed to man once to die, and then the judgment (Hebrews 9:27).  That time has been ordained by God from before the foundation of the world and cannot be changed.  In the mean time, those who threaten should be wary of Herschel’s Dictum.

As for George’s assessment of what it will take to root out the problems, he is correct in all of his metrics.  There are more, and I’m sure commenters can add to the list.  I certainly could.  Leaving this deep state in place is intolerable.  But I have more confidence than George seems to have, whether this all gets done by Mr. Trump or not.

He mentions a lot of constitutional amendments, but skips over the second.  The reason for the importance of the second amendment is that it retains our ability to hold our government accountable.  George mentions a lot of threats, from Rogue generals such as David Petraeus (who is neck deep in all of this) – and he should have thrown in the murderer Stanley McChrystal too (see my posts on Ganjgal)- to La Raza, to DynCorp.

But as I said in an earlier post related to this, any army that tries to occupy or subjugate suburbia and rural America would get cut to pieces.  You can throw drones, AI, and caches of weapons out the window.  They are no good if there is no electricity to run them.  They are all no good if the men to effect that subjugation all get shot.  They are no good when the bread basket of America stops the food logistics to the inner cities of America.  They are all no good when you realize that New York is a second away from disaster.  All of the best laid plans fall when a hunter in the mountains of North Carolina wearing a ghillie suit uses a scoped, bolt action rifle, manifests his dislike for subjugation and them melts away into the landscape never to be seen again – until the next time.

I believe it won’t get to this point.  For all his distasteful haughtiness, the adulterer Petraeus knows the carnage 20,000 AQI fighters can cause to the stability of a country.  With tens of millions of AR-15 owners, It would be ten orders of magnitude worse in America and he knows it.

I have confidence that in some form or fashion, and at some point, righteousness will prevail.

Intel Report On Russia And Wikileaks

BY Herschel Smith
1 month, 3 weeks ago

CNN:

US intelligence has identified the go-betweens the Russians used to provide stolen emails to WikiLeaks, according to US officials familiar with the classified intelligence report that was presented to President Barack Obama on Thursday.

[ … ]

Meanwhile, US intelligence has received new information following the election that gave agencies increased confidence that Russia carried out the hack and did so, in part, to help Trump win.
Included in that new information were intercepted conversations of Russian officials expressing happiness at Trump’s win. Another official described some of the messages as congratulatory.
Officials said this was just one of multiple indicators to give them high confidence of both Russian involvement and Russian intentions. Officials reiterated that there is no single intercepted communication that qualifies as a “smoking gun” on Russia’s intention to benefit Trump’s candidacy or to claim credit for doing so.

“Happiness.”  “Congratulatory.”  Leading to the firm conclusion that the Russians carried out a hack to help Trump win.

What a damn joke.  What’s surprising is that they’re still keeping up this charade.  They’ve tried riots, bullying the electors, hysteria over so-called “fake news” (the only examples of which are found in the MSM), and now this.  But they’re not letting go of the “Russian monster-under-the-bed” meme.  It’s all they have left.

John McCain, Lindsey Graham, and other senators, rogue generals like David Petraeus and others are just butt hurt that their oil plays in North Africa aren’t going to work out without a whole lot more effort.  I guess DynCorp and money from George Soros isn’t going to be enough, is it?  How’s that seven country plan working out for you, Petraeus?  That bright idea from your Princeton days isn’t quite what you thought it was, no?

Sadly, Rich Lowry is confused about this.

Donald Trump and his most fervent supporters have seemingly made it a matter of principle not to admit that Russia interfered in our election, despite what appears to be overwhelming evidence (although the more we can learn about the intelligence behind this determination, the better). They evidently fear that admitting the Russia role will taint Trump’s win. It’s not particularly difficult, though, to do what Paul Ryan did yesterday – which is concede Russia’s interference, lament it, and point out that Trump legitimately won and prevailed for all sorts of reasons not directly related to the hacking. This would be a much better posture for Trump, and perhaps he will eventually adopt it, but so far he is doubling down on denial.

Rich is a beltway man and thus is missing the point(s).  Put aside the issue of hacking for a moment.  From all we know about the emails, Seth Rich is responsible for handing over the DNC cache to Wikileaks.  Someone else is responsible for handing over the Podesta cache to Wikilaks, possibly David Braverman.  Either way, we know it wasn’t a state actor.

The collective emails are damning, and point to corruption so deep, far and wide it may never be possible to root out the “deep state” that has been operating underneath the transient government, this deep state run by the CIA, military contractors, the State Department, The Clinton Foundation, big money donors, and rogue generals.

There is a reason that the existing “intelligence” apparatus wants the American people to believe that someone evil is culpable for the email leaks.  Most American people, if they knew of the depths of depravity associated with the deep state, wouldn’t be able to process it, and when they finally did, they would call for heads to roll.  Literally.

Furthermore, there are operations currently in process that, if they are stopped, stand to cause a lot of monetary loss for a number of powerful people.  As for whether Russia wanted Trump to be elected, I don’t blame them one bit if it’s true.  Hillary was posturing for an unnecessary and dangerous war with Russia.  Such a thing would be a catastrophe for both America and Russia.

Regarding hacking, besides the fact that it wasn’t the source of the emails to Wikileaks, I’ve spoken to this issue before.  I work for a very large company which sustains hundreds of thousands of hack attempts per month.  My understanding is that the chief culprit is China.  Russia hacks computer systems.  China hacks computer systems.  The Mossad hacks computer systems.  The CIA hacks computer systems, including those in Russia.  The drama over the alleged Russian hacking attempts comes across as “get thee to thy fainting couch, everyone wants to know what everyone else is doing.”  You don’t say?  Color me shocked.

Finally, note the red herring.  Whereas the real story is the content of the emails, the misdirect is how Wikileaks got them.  Again, notice what subject has the attention right now?  You guessed it, the fake news of Russian hacks has the attention, except among thoughtful men and women who see the code language in the emails, who see the communications between TCF and others concerning operations in North Africa, who are monitoring the operations of TCF and DynCorp, and who have never seen the deep state exposed quite like this.

It’s ugly, it’s awful, it’s dangerous, and they show no signs of stopping.  No wonder they want to shift the attention to something else.  One amusing comment pretty much says it all.

Their true ‘intelligence’ lies in their successful peddling of the Redirected Narrative.

From: HRC, the DNC, Abedin, Podesta are sleazy, and probably criminal people who should be prosecuted

To: Never mind the truth of the Contents, and let’s go after the Leaker. Er, hackers. Yes, that’s it — the Hackers. Russian hackers. Directed by Putin. And look there: a skittles-shitting unicorn!

But they’re only peddling it to idiots (no one else believes them) and liars who stand to lose big.  To close, it’s laughable that the intelligence community would simply think that they can trot out information from unidentified intelligence officials and analysts who won’t sign their name to the crap that’s in the report and assume that the people will just bend over and accept it.

Note to the CIA.  Go back to your hole.  You’re not wanted.

Is The Clinton Foundation A CIA Cutout?

BY Herschel Smith
1 month, 3 weeks ago

George asks some very good questions.

Any Spooks Left in the CIA Attic? Aiding the Syrian Army Defectors

BY Glen Tschirgi
5 years, 5 months ago

I just want to know.

General Petraeus.  Once you get settled in over at the C.I.A., can you check around the closets or under the desks at Langley and see if there are any covert ops people left?   I know we are too high-tech for that sort of thing nowadays, but every so often a job comes up that just can’t be done by the drones or the snooping satellites or wire intercepts.

The Washington Post publishes this article concerning the rising numbers of Syrian soldiers defecting to the opposition:

WADI KHALED, Lebanon — A group of defectors calling themselves the Free Syrian Army is attempting the first effort to organize an armed challenge to President Bashar al-Assad’s rule, signaling what some hope and others fear may be a new phase in what has been an overwhelmingly peaceful Syrian protest movement.

For now, the shadowy entity seems mostly to consist of some big ambitions, a Facebook page and a relatively small number of defected soldiers and officers who have taken refuge on the borderlands of Turkey and Lebanon or among civilians in Syria’s cities.

Many of its claims appear exaggerated or fanciful, such as its boasts to have shot down a helicopter near Damascus this month and to have mustered a force of 10,000 to take on the Syrian military.

But it is clear that defections from the Syrian military have been accelerating in recent weeks, as have levels of violence in those areas where the defections have occurred.

“It is the beginning of armed rebellion,” said Gen. Riad Asaad, the dissident army’s leader, who defected from the air force in July and took refuge in Turkey.

The article goes to great lengths to point out that the group does not have much clout at the moment but also notes:

There are nonetheless signs that the Free Syrian Army is expanding and organizing as reports of violent encounters increase. The group has announced the formation of 12 battalions around the country that regularly post claims on the group’s Facebook page, including bombings against military buses and ambushes at checkpoints.

This type of reporting is to be taken with more than a grain of salt, particularly in light of the lack of any reporters inside of Syria verifying the claims  (Calling Geraldo:  report to your choice of border crossings into Syria).  At the same time, it is only natural that protesters who are regularly attacked, beaten, tortured and killed will want to take up arms and at least try to defend themselves.   Given that the Assad Regime has been a major supplier of insurgents and armaments into Iraq since the 2003 invasion, and actively does the bidding of Iran in Lebanon, the U.S. has a keen interest in seeing him toppled.

What perfect justice for the U.S. to return the favor to Assad tenfold by infiltrating weapons into Syria from western Iraq.

But does the U.S. even have that capability?  And if we do, would this Administration actually follow through?

How does the U.S. influence the future of Syria?  At some point, when the Assad Regime continues to kill and torture its citizens, the U.S. must do more than just offer a rhetorical bone to the opposition.    Connections are made and relationships formed by providing material assistance (even if covert) to the opposition groups in Syria who at least have a willingness to work with the U.S.   How do we know that we will not be supplying weapons and training to Islamist militants?

That requires actual intelligence officers and human sources inside Syria.

General Petraeus, do you have anyone like that around the office?

CIA Operatives Engaged in War on Mexican Cartels

BY Herschel Smith
5 years, 6 months ago

From The New York Times:

The United States is expanding its role in Mexico’s bloody fight against drug trafficking organizations, sending new  C.I.A. operatives and retired military personnel to the country and considering plans to deploy private security contractors in hopes of  turning around a multibillion-dollar effort that so far has shown few results.

In recent weeks, small numbers of C.I.A. operatives and American civilian military employees have been posted at a Mexican military base, where, for the first time, security officials from both countries work side by side in collecting information about drug cartels and helping plan operations. Officials are also looking into embedding a team of American contractors inside a specially vetted Mexican counternarcotics police unit.

Officials on both sides of the border say the new efforts have been devised to get around Mexican laws that prohibit foreign military and police from operating on its soil, and to prevent advanced American surveillance technology from falling under the control of Mexican security agencies with long histories of corruption.

“A sea change has occurred over the past years in how effective Mexico and U.S. intelligence exchanges have become,” said Arturo Sarukhán, Mexico’s ambassador to the United States. “It is underpinned by the understanding that transnational organized crime can only be successfully confronted by working hand in hand, and that the outcome is as simple as it is compelling:  we will together succeed or together fail.”

Robert Haddick writing for Foreign Policy observes:

Policymakers responsible for the U.S. assistance effort in Mexico seem to be applying some lessons learned during America’s decade of war. The intelligence analysis centers the U.S. contractors are now setting up in Mexico are innovations developed by U.S. forces in Iraq, Afghanistan, Colombia, and elsewhere. As described by General Stanley McChrystal in an essay he wrote for Foreign Policy, the centers are deliberately located down at the tactical level and gather collectors and analysts across intelligence agencies together in one room. The goal is to improve collaboration and more rapidly respond to incoming information and adversary activity. A decade of practical experience across the globe has refined this concept, which the United States is now exporting to Mexico.

We’ve heard this before – this notion of shared organic intelligence assets, different perspectives from different agencies working in concert and in real time, the employment of electronic assets and signals intelligence combined with on the spot analysis, all being used by real operators on the ground who know more about their enemies than they know about themselves – and it has become folklore that General McChrystal and his special operators hitting high value targets put an end to the insurgency in Iraq.  It’s a narrative that I reject, and it isn’t born out of good historiography.  It’s just myth that high value target hits won the campaign in Iraq.

Forecast: We shouldn’t oppose high value target hits in the war on the cartels, since they seem to operate with a more centralized focus than classical insurgencies (which tend more towards swarm theory).   But this will not itself end the cartels, or even hold their growth and the increase in terror in abatement.  This will prove to be a failed effort if it is the only point of impact in the campaign.

The tools exist to seal the border (Marines deployed to combat outposts on the border, with loosened rules for the use of force, conducting daily patrols and combining their efforts with force multipliers such as drones, increased numbers of border agents and comprehensive searches of all vehicles crossing the border, etc.).  The question is will they ever be put to use, and this is a direct function of the will to win the campaign against the cartels?


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