Category: <span>ODNI</span>

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Pelosi Upbraids Counterintelligence Chief Over Russian Meddling

Pelosi Upbraids Counterintelligence Chief Over Russian Meddling

While it is highly debatable whether Russian social media activities could swing the 2020 election, there’s not much doubt that the Russian state agent, including Yevgeny Prigozhin, are trying to help Trump. The Trump White House would rather not share what the U.S. government knows about the subject. When William Evanina, chief of counterintelligence for...

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Key Trump Intel Nominee Defends ‘Fascist’ Portland Tactics

The Trump administration’s war on the so-called “deep state” has achieved some success. This isn’t the stuff of conspiracy theories. It’s the stuff of congressional hearings and presidential nominations. There is an ongoing struggle for control of the U.S. intelligence community, and Trump has made real but limited progress in bending the intelligence agencies to...

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Three Questions for  Investigators of the COVID19 Intelligence Failure

Three Questions for Investigators of the COVID19 Intelligence Failure

In the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks President George Bush stoutly resisted the creation of a committee to investigate of how the hijackers were able to penetrate America’s defenses. Only the congressional intelligence committees should investigate, Bush said, and only behind closed doors. Vice President Cheney said those who charged the attacks on New York...

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John Ratcliffe, Trump’s Pick for Intelligence Chief, Follows a Slew of QAnon Accounts

John Ratcliffe, Trump’s Pick for Intelligence Chief, Follows a Slew of QAnon Accounts

The last time Trump attempted to name Rep. John Ratcliffe, Texas Republican as Director of National Intelligence, the White House had to pull his nomination. Ratclffe, according to multiple news reports had padded his resume with a false claims Ratcliffe claimed to have overseen the prosecution of terrorists in Atlanta. His former colleagues said he...

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Trump’s Intelligence Purge Targets the Government’s Corruption Watchdogs

Trump’s Intelligence Purge Targets the Government’s Corruption Watchdogs

President Trump’s purge of the Office of the Director of National Intelligence now extends to a larger assault on the inspectors general of the U.S. government. Trump has installed loyalist Richard Grenell as the Acting Director of the Office of National Intelligence but he is not seeking to purge the CIA or FBI, the “deep...

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