A reckoning is coming in America’s intelligence community
What a strange era we live in.
Today I find myself quoting the work of likely Trotskyist Glenn Greenwald in which he defends President-elect Donald Trump out of a sense of fair play. Greenwald is no friend of the Democratic Party; it’s not left-wing enough for him.
His piece in the Intercept, “The Deep State Goes to War with President-Elect, Using Unverified Claims, as Democrats Cheer,” is essential reading despite its Noam Chomsky-like feel.
There is a “faction that is now engaged in open warfare against the duly elected and already widely disliked president-elect, Donald Trump. They are using classic Cold War dirty tactics and the defining ingredients of what has until recently been denounced as ‘Fake News.’”
Their most valuable instrument is the U.S. media, much of which reflexively reveres, serves, believes, and sides with hidden intelligence officials. And Democrats, still reeling from their unexpected and traumatic election loss as well as a systemic collapse of their party, seemingly divorced further and further from reason with each passing day, are willing — eager — to embrace any claim, cheer any tactic, align with any villain, regardless of how unsupported, tawdry and damaging those behaviors might be.
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 U.S. 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 propagandize 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. […]
Despite the constant drumbeat from the liars in the mainstream media, there is still NO PROOF WHATSOEVER that the Russian government or its agents did anything that influenced the recent presidential election.
Nor is there any evidence Donald Trump was in cahoots with anybody to subvert the American democratic process.
But the evidence that elements in the U.S. intelligence community sought to elect Democrat Hillary Clinton continues to pile up.
A reckoning is coming.
It is long overdue.
Sources: Intercept and Bombthrowers