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James Clapper

Former Spy Chiefs Liken Trump to ISIS Recruiters

If you think some former U.S. intelligence officials have been harsh in their criticism of President Trump, well, they’re getting harsher. In the wake of the mail bomb arrest and the Pittsburgh synagogue shootings, James Clapper and Michael Hayden are likening President Trump’s political rhetoric to radicalization tactics used by terrorists. Clapper, former director of...

Joint Special Operations Command

Boom Times for Special Ops

The American middle-class may be strapped but the secret sectors of the U.S. government are flush. U.S.  military intelligence spending increased 18 percent in the past two years, continuing a trend that began late in the Obama administration. The Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) dropped the numbers yesterday, and they show secret government...

Gina Haspel CIA director speaks

CIA Chief Heard Recording of Khashoggi Killing 

Gina Haspel is well-qualified for her intelligence gathering mission to Turkey in the Khashoggi affair. Haspel is known to have served as an intelligence officer in Turkey and one top former CIA official told me she speaks Turkish. So Haspel was able to talk, without interpreters, Hakan Fidan, chief of the Turkish intelligence service, the MIT....