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    US National (In)Security: Why CIA is Becoming Part of Problem, Not Solution

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    The WikiLeaks' CIA dump has exposed a deep systemic crisis within the US intelligence community, according to Israeli commentator and political analyst Avigdor Eskin. Over the past years the image of the CIA has been severely tarnished and it now risks becoming part of the problem, not the solution, for the US national security.

    The recent leak of secret CIA documents illustrates a serious crisis within the US intelligence community, Israeli commentator and political analyst Avigdor Eskin believes.

    In his latest op-ed for RIA Novosti, Eskin quoted Pete Hoekstra, an IPT Senior Shillman Fellow, who warned that the US intelligence community has found itself amid "a crisis of confidence with the American people."

    Moreover, leaks of this magnitude have never happened in any of the largest intelligence services in the world, Eskin highlighted.

    It appears that the leaked has unveiled a systemic crisis within the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). Can we say that the CIA may soon lose its leading position?

    "This is inevitable. The CIA suffers from 'brain cancer'," Eskin responded.

    "This agency has very effective counter-terrorist and espionage capacities. Langley [the CIA headquarters], a kind of brotherhood in the past, was the right place for brave and intelligent people. But in the recent decades the budget has grown up, while [the CIA'] analytical capabilities have gone very low," the Israeli commentator told Sputnik.

    "I will just mention the invasion of Iraq under false pretenses, the dissolution of the Iraqi Army, which resulted in the birth of ISIL [Daesh], the welcoming of the Arab Spring for false reasons and the participation in the removal of the [Muammar] Gaddafi regime [in Libya]. I want to assure you that the [US] support of the Maidan Revolution in Ukraine will also be remembered as a gross mistake," Eskin said.

    The political analyst noted that the CIA boasts advanced technical capabilities and that the intelligence agency had repeatedly prevented terrorist attacks against the US in the past.

    "But what's it all worth if the analysis of the information received leads to decisions which are so detrimental to the US and to the world?" Eskin asked rhetorically.

    "Moreover, the agency has failed to keep secret information safe," he added.

    A Taste of Their Own Medicine
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    A Taste of Their Own Medicine

    The question then arises who needs this intelligence agency if it is apparently becoming part of the problem, instead of being part of the solution.

    In his recent article Eskin drew a historical parallel between the late rotten Soviet system and the ongoing demoralization within the US intelligence community.

    "We saw a similar crisis in the USSR in the 1980s and the result was catastrophic. The same can happen to the current US system. The CIA has an annual budget of more than 50 billion dollars. Langley is an empire today," the political analyst told Sputnik, commenting on the matter.

    "The unbearable level of politicization of the CIA's upper management, the terrible image loss as a result of its 'enhanced interrogation' program plus the scandalous low level of analysts make this organization more of a burden rather than an asset," he said.

    What should be done to halt the degradation?

    Eskin believes that, first and foremost, the US intelligence community has to acknowledge that there is a problem before it can actually go about finding a solution. It is also necessary to unite the nations' seventeen agencies gathering intelligence for the US government.

    Is US President Donald Trump "the guy" to fix the problem?

    The situation is not as easy as it seems, the publicist remarked.

    In fact, "Trump has no experience with the intelligence community and has been caught unprepared," he said, "He discovered the power of this 'inner government', when the people around him began to fight each other and suspect each other."

    "Whenever Trump shows signs of weakness, his adversaries increase the pressure. His only way to survive and to implement the paradigm of 'America First' is through massive street support, keeping all elections promises and adopting a realistic foreign policy," Eskin believes.

    CIA director John Brennan has plans for major shifts within the agency, including expansion of cyber-espionage capabilities.
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    CIA director John Brennan has plans for major shifts within the agency, including expansion of cyber-espionage capabilities.

    It was reported earlier that former CIA director John Brennan and former director of National Intelligence Jim Clapper could have been behind the leaks targeting the Trump administration.

    Speaking to Fox News in mid-February, Tony Shaffer, a retired lieutenant colonel and intelligence expert, said that the two were responsible for the ouster of Trump's former national security adviser Michael Flynn.

    "It is widely discussed in Washington that John Brennan was the key player in toppling Gen. Flynn and creating the current epidemic of [anti-Russian] paranoia. Funnily enough, Brennan and his folks spoke loudly against what they defined as Russia's 'meddling in the US political process.' However, no evidence about any Russian involvement has yet been presented by them," Eskin noted.

    Still, the Israeli political analyst warned against blowing conspiracy theories up.

    "We saw already major leak scandals with Bradley Manning and Edward Snowden. People are getting increasingly frustrated within the CIA for both political and personal reasons," he stressed.

    Meanwhile, some American intelligence top officials' attempts to sow discord between the US and Russia obviously contradict US national interests, the publicist believes.

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    The Moscow Kremlin towers. (File)

    In this respect he echoes Stephen F. Cohen, professor emeritus of Russian studies at New York University and Princeton University, who has repeatedly stated that "the road to American national security still runs through Moscow." Professor Cohen means that the two states have the potential to jointly solve the most burning global and domestic security issues.

    "One does not have to agree with all the views of Professor Cohen in order to admit that he is right 100% and unconditionally," Eskin told Sputnik, "Since Russia is the strongest country after the USA, this must be the major strategic goal — to build bridges and find the ways for mutually beneficial friendship. Any sane person would wonder, what is preventing the two global powers from constructive cooperation especially in the light of the eminent threat posed by radical Islamism."

    The publicist called attention to the interesting fact that US right-leaning patriots are seeking to mend fences with Russia.

    "Listen to what Erik Prince (former chief of Black Water) says about the cooperation with Russia. He compares it to the cooperation between the US and USSR during the Second World War," he underscored.

    "On the contrary, some CIA and military upper echelon, their lobbyists and certainly Bill and Hilary Clinton with Barak Obama see it all differently. Their interests are far from 'America First'. The artificial tension with Russia helps them to play with the huge US budget. They are weary of a new détente. This is what poses the major threat to US interests today," Eskin concluded.

    The views expressed in this article are solely those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official position of Sputnik.

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    • Gary F.
      The thing to note, which may be behind their catastrophic failure, is that at some point in time they expanded themselves to be more global than local. In a way, the beast got out from the cage of territorial sovereignty. This new global regime perhaps was too much for them, something they never trained for. Having discovered something they thought was universally good and capable, perhaps they got intoxicated like the tendency is to happen with too much privileges and might. It may be too late, however, for them to apologise and withdraw. What is worse, even when they had the time, they perhaps would not. What would be the appropriate response? Maybe the first thing was to introduce some kind of protective measures for people. This beast is going to be around for a while, and they might not want to give up, so the responsibility for others remains to try to minimise the damage caused and open up a humanitarian corridor for those who want to leave.
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      goldcamshaft
      The upcoming in-fighting that will be realized will be the most interesting chapter in the decimation of the great exceptional power.
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      pericopancho
      Actually, the CIA is not "becoming part of the problem." The CIA has been part of the problem. Since its very creation — actually since its very conception in the minds of its true creators— the CIA’s real, secret job has never been protecting and advancing the interests of the American people but of the Invisible Government of the United States: Wall Street and international bankers, oil magnates, and CEOs of global corporations. The CIA’s job is not new, the only difference is that the Agency is now doing it more openly and that the corporations the CIA is helping in their fight to destroy their competitors are transnational, not American.
      Moreover, Since its very creation the CIA has never been an intelligence agency, but an elaborate hoax, a subterfuge and a cover to justify and disguise the existence of the conspirators’ secret military arm. It has also served as a sort of bullfighters’ red cape to distract the American people’s attention by focusing it on the puppet instead of the real source of the problem: the puppeteers who control the action behind the curtains.
      On July 26, 1947, President Harry S. Truman signed into law the National Security Act establishing the National Security Council (NSC). It also created the Central Intelligence Agency. This marked the official beginning of the Cold War, an artificial creation of the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) globalist conspirators.
      he National Security Act gave the National Security Council just advisory, not executive powers, much less gave the newly created CIA authority to carry on covert operations abroad. But, just a few months later, on December 1947, NSC directive 4-A made the Director of Central Intelligence responsible for psychological warfare.
      Then, less than a year after it was created, the NSC pushed the envelope even further and illegally assumed executive powers. On June 18, 1948, the National Security Council produced NSC 10-2, a directive that superseded NSC 4-A and was kept secret from the American government and people for many long years. NSC 10-2 authorized the CIA to conduct not only psychological but also all types of covert warfare operations.
      The result is that, since the end of the Second World War, the CFR conspirators, through their secret agents in the NSC, have been putting blinders on American Presidents and giving them the mushroom treatment — keeping them in the dark, and feeding them manure. This guarantees that the President’s most important policy decisions are the ones already made at the Harold Pratt House in Manhatttan, headquarters of the CFR, the true invisible government f the United States..
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      anne00mariein reply toGary F.(Show commentHide comment)
      Gary F., Read the CIA and Operation Paperclip, when they were created, who they got in bed with and then ask if it is only recently they have gone rogue?
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      anne00mariein reply topericopancho(Show commentHide comment)
      pericopancho, CIA and the NAZIs - Operation Clip. Exactly as you state.
    • bvgp
      Oh L'00'K - an Israeli trying and failing to absolve Israel from all responsibility for all of these wars when FACT is that they were all planned 20 years in advance and all for the purpose of Israel. Therefore Israel helped plan them and Israel backed them. Let's take Libya for example. Training ground and weapons supplies for the Syria War, planned and coordinated by Bernard Henri Levy - Zionst Algerian Jew and long time best friend of Netanyahu - removing Gadaffi for his only crime of speaking out against Israel. Same with Saddam Hussein. He was their man for a few years but enough was enough - he wasn't prepared to fight another War with Iran. So they took him out. And here is a snake of a man giving us what he knows from his men in the CIA - after all SITE Intelligence is based over in the USA and the tow Intelligence Services have been joined at the hip for we know how long, and here he is doing what Israeli Zionists do best - LYING through his teeth and trying and FAILINg to absolve Israel of all and any responsibility for all these wars. I used to respect Sputnik as a valuable source of news. I don't any more. I find it completely unbelievable that Sputnik would wish to tarnish their reputation with such monstrous lies and presented in such a way as to absolve Israel from any involvement in these Genocidal Wars. Israel trying to plead innocence of this is like Israel trying to plead innocence from the Lebanese War.

      Iraq War for example was planned well in advance and at the end of that war, the Staffordshire Regiment UK was tasked with disposing of all Arms from all sides of the War. They buried it to be dug up later to arm Al Qaeda and ISIS to invade Syria. And why was Syria invaded? To get rid of Assad because he doesn't support Israel and harbours Hizbollah - has good relations with Iran. So this article is a JOKE and the decision maker to include it in this Publication needs to get the sack. PSutnik News has just tumbled from being one of the world's most informative News Media to being one of the World's bigesst Propaganda and Bulshit Spreaders. Sputnik has become a farm manure spreader spreading shit around the world - only that isn't going to go unnoticed. Due to the internet and social media - something that even the Chief Editor of Sputnik is incapable of analysing correctly, the number of people who know what really happened far outweighs those that do not. THis article is only good for the laugh and tear up file. And because the LIES about Israeli planning of all the wars is so huge in this article, the rest can be taken as utter bullshit as well.
    • Drain the swamp
      We are talking of at least 5-10,000 on the CIA drone/peepin tom/backroom gravy train. Where do they sit, socialise,send children to school? The devils should be exposed, and WHY no anon whistleblowers, are americunts so pussy?
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