Trump White House Weighing Plans for Private Spies to Counter “Deep State” Enemies

from the Intercept

The Trump administration is considering a set of proposals developed by Blackwater founder Erik Prince and a retired CIA officer — with assistance from Oliver North, a key figure in the Iran-Contra scandal — to provide CIA Director Mike Pompeo and the White House with a global, private spy network that would circumvent official U.S. intelligence agencies, according to several current and former U.S. intelligence officials and others familiar with the proposals. The sources say the plans have been pitched to the White House as a means of countering “deep state” enemies in the intelligence community seeking to undermine Trump’s presidency.

The creation of such a program raises the possibility that the effort would be used to create an intelligence apparatus to justify the Trump administration’s political agenda.

“Pompeo can’t trust the CIA bureaucracy, so we need to create this thing that reports just directly to him,” said a former senior U.S. intelligence official with firsthand knowledge of the proposals, in describing White House discussions. “It is a direct-action arm, totally off the books,” this person said, meaning the intelligence collected would not be shared with the rest of the CIA or the larger intelligence community. “The whole point is this is supposed to report to the president and Pompeo directly.”

Oliver North, who appears frequently on Trump’s favorite TV network, Fox News, was enlisted to help sell the effort to the administration. He was the “ideological leader” brought in to lend credibility, said the former senior intelligence official…

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One Response

  1. Ins anyone happy with the cia and it’s actions since it’s inception. Go ahead raise your hand. Ok that’s zero people. Obviously there has been one party for 27 years ruling this country and they are dug in so deep that rooting them all out (as trump is trying to do) is going to be next to impossible if they are heading all the alphabet agencies. I say fight fire with fire.
    That said, I wouldn’t trust blackwater or xe or whatever they are called these days. Let’s hope he pays those mercenaries well enough to not turn on him.

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