Intelligence agencies

They Were Listening to Your People, Donald

R. Emmett Tyrrell, Jr., The American Spectator

Susan Rice had the names sent around to certain Defense Department personnel, to James Clapper then-Director of National Intelligence, and to John Brennan, then-CIA Director, along with Ben Rhodes, then Rice’s deputy. Obviously there are going to be a lot of stars from the Obama years in need of lawyers. One question does bother me: how could so many Obama aides be so stupid as to eavesdrop in team Trump even after Trump won the election?

Trump is Right: Obama Monitored the Communications of Political Opponents

Having been caught in 2015 in what was a major breach of the laws governing collection of intelligence on what are referred to as “US persons” Obama didn’t cease and desist; he refined his techniques and deployed them against the Trump campaign and transition.

It’s No Revelation That Intelligence Agencies Are Politicized

Victor Davis Hanson, National Review

Careerism and ideology at the top sometimes undermine the work of patriotic and gifted case officers in the rank and file. The integrity of intelligence depends on the probity of individual intelligence chiefs — and the degree to which administration operatives are kept away from intelligence directors. Reform requires honesty rather than the present self-righteous hypocrisy.