In his lead segment, Tucker offered an overview of the CIA at work as a self-contained, autonomous branch of the American government. He chronicled in detail the failures of the CIA over the years in crucial instances of faulty intelligence gathering, including the failure to predict the Korean War, the development of the Soviet nuclear bomb, the implementation of Soviet missiles in Cuba in 1962, the Arab-Israeli War of 1973, failed assassination attempts of Castro, the failure to prop up the Shah of Iran or anticipate his overthrow in 1978, the monumental failure to predict Velvet Revolution of Eastern Europe in 1989, the ineptitude in anticipating Saddam Hussein's attack of Kuwait in 1990, the complete surprise of India's test of an atomic bomb in 1998, and the fiasco of claiming Iraq had weapons of mass destruction in 2003. In fact, the biggest suggest of the CIA over the past half century may have been the creation of the Taliban.
The reason for these failures is the secrecy at the heart of the CIA as a political entity that has been a Frankenstein in modern American history. In focusing on the current attempt of the CIA to undermine the presidency of Donald Trump, Tucker reviewed the events that preceded the inauguration when the establishment was gearing up to destroy Trump's presidency in early 2017. In a rare unscripted moment, Chuck Schumer appeared on television to comment on a tweet of President-elect Trump on January 3, in which he had questioned the integrity of the CIA. Specifically, Schumer said, "from what I am told, they (i.e., the intel agencies) are very upset about he has treated them and talked about them." Trump was unaware that that the intel world had veto power over his decisions.
It is difficult to read Schumer's statement in any other way than a grave threat made subtly to the newly elected, populist president. Trump's obvious problem was that he was acting naively like a leader who had won an election in a democratic nation. Tucker framed his analysis of Schumer's remark with a parenthetical quote by former CIA employee and current CNN commentator Phil Mudd. On October 2, Mudd sent President Trump an on-air warning on CNN to in effect back off or prepare to get hurt by "the brotherhood"!
The implications of Mudd's dire warning is that the CIA is set up to serve the people who work there, not the citizenry of the United States of America. Because it is a secret agency, the CIA has unlimited resources and unchecked power. In the wake of the present plan of the House Democrats that seeks to impeach Trump, the so-called whistleblower turns out to be a member of the Democratic Party and a CIA agent, who had contact with Adam Schiff prior to the disclosure of the complaint. Schiff subsequently lied about the meeting, and the lie went virtually unchallenged in the mainstream media.
Devin Nunes was the chair of the United States House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence until January 3, 2019, and he has probably been the most courageous member in Congress to challenge the power of the intel agencies. Appearing on this program, Nunes admitted that Congress has effectively had no control in checking the powerful institution of the FBI. But even Nunes would not go so far as to question the integrity of the CIA, referring only to "a small cadre" of miscreants in Washington, D.C. It was sad to see Nunes drop the ball in making an overly generalized statement about the "swamp," as opposed to directly confronting the issue of a secret government over which all three branches (legislative, executive, and judicial) are helpless against the powers that be in Langley.
Another guest on the program was Terry Turchie, a former FBI Deputy Assistant Director, who called out Phil Mudd for his disturbing remark on CNN. Turchie provided an important insight when he stated that in investigating the workings of the Deep State, it is essential to look for the "abnormal" as a sign of subversive acts. The abnormal starting point for the current wave of madness was the "unmasking" of names committed under the watch of Susan Rice, who subsequently lied about it on television to Judy Woodruff. Another way of describing the "abnormal" in the dynamic of the Deep State is to acknowledge the completely unorthodox way in which the chain of events has led to serious discussion of impeaching the president without following the basic protocol set by previous impeachments, including such basics as taking a vote in the House.
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