The Spy Who Came In From The Swamp
If, like me, you are befuddled, bemused and bewildered by all this new information on the spying of the Trump campaign and the government’s efforts since to destroy his presidency, you might appreciate this article.
But I have to chuckle a little because my haphazard bouncing around on the internet had the name of this spy a full two weeks ago. And damn, if I can stumble into that without trying, it ain’t no state secret!
Over the 10 years of reading (OK, listening to) 60+ books per year, I have read a whole lotta spy books. And a ton of books where there are bad, evil people within the government who have to be stopped by the good guys.
I have often wondered while reading these stories how the ideas of them came to the author. I think now that there are authors who have deep sources who leak out just enough REAL stuff that an imaginative author can fill in the gaps.
In other words, there have been horrible, Machiavellian people within our government for ions. That IS the Deep State and it is a for real thing. It is not just made up fodder for a spy novel by the likes of Ian Fleming, Robert Ludlum, John LeCarre, Tom Clancy, Daniel Silva, Stieg Larsson, Fredrick Forsyth, Vince Flynn and hundreds of other compelling spy novelists.
And it makes logical and perfect sense that the Bush family is at the core of this. It also makes sense that this very slow walk we have been taking on the Trump investigations and the detritus that has bubbled up from that, which points the finger back to the Deep State, is terrifying to The Swamp. There is but one, and only one person on this planet, who can scare that smug, cozy, elitely educated, inbred clique right out of their boxers and thongs…Donald J Trump.
It is also worth noting that Stefan Halper is not the instigator of all of this stuff. He just takes orders. He is not ideological. He is a useful person to call on when the Swamp is threatened. He takes orders. Who gave him the order and the payment to spy on Trump?
QUOTE: Whatever else is true, the CIA operative and FBI informant used to gather information on the Trump campaign in the 2016 campaign has, for weeks, been falsely depicted as a sensitive intelligence asset rather than what he actually is: a long-time CIA operative with extensive links to the Bush family who was responsible for a dirty and likely illegal spying operation in the 1980 presidential election. For that reason, it’s easy to understand why many people in Washington were so desperate to conceal his identity, but that desperation had nothing to do with the lofty and noble concerns for national security they claimed were motivating them.
I also loved this part. QUOTE: Despite what Halper actually is, the FBI and its dutiful mouthpieces have spent weeks using the most desperate language to try to hide Halper’s identity and the work he performed as part of the 2016 election. Here was the deeply emotional reaction to last night’s story from Brookings’ Benjamin Wittes, who has become a social media star by parlaying his status as Jim Comey’s best friend and long-time loyalist to security state agencies into a leading role in pushing the Trump/Russia story. (See his tweets below)
The FBI Informant Who Monitored the Trump Campaign, Stefan Halper, Oversaw a CIA Spying Operation in the 1980 Presidential Election
May 19 2018, 10:27 a.m. INTERCEPT
An extremely strange episode that has engulfed official Washington over the last two weeks came to a truly bizarre conclusion on Friday night. And it revolves around a long-time, highly sketchy CIA operative, Stefan Halper.
Four decades ago, Halper was responsible for a long-forgotten spying scandal involving the 1980 election, in which the Reagan campaign – using CIA officials managed by Halper, reportedly under the direction of former CIA Director and then-Vice-Presidential candidate George H.W. Bush – got caught running a spying operation from inside the Carter administration. The plot involved CIA operatives passing classified information about Carter’s foreign policy to Reagan campaign officials in order to ensure the Reagan campaign knew of any foreign policy decisions that Carter was considering.
Over the past several weeks, House Republicans have been claiming that the FBI during the 2016 election used an operative to spy on the Trump campaign, and they triggered outrage within the FBI by trying to learn his identity. The controversy escalated when President Trump joined the fray on Friday morning. “Reports are there was indeed at least one FBI representative implanted, for political purposes, into my campaign for president,” Trump tweeted, adding: “It took place very early on, and long before the phony Russia Hoax became a “hot” Fake News story. If true – all time biggest political scandal!”
In response, the DOJ and the FBI’s various media spokespeople did not deny the core accusation, but quibbled with the language (the FBI used an “informant,” not a “spy”), and then began using increasingly strident language to warn that exposing his name would jeopardize his life and those of others, and also put American national security at grave risk. On May 8, the Washington Post described the informant as “a top-secret intelligence source” and cited DOJ officials as arguing that disclosure of his name “could risk lives by potentially exposing the source, a U.S. citizen who has provided intelligence to the CIA and FBI.”
The top Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee, Mark Warner, who spent much of last week working to ensure confirmation of Trump’s choice to lead the CIA, Gina Haspel, actually threatened his own colleagues in Congress with criminal prosecution if they tried to obtain the identity of the informant. “Anyone who is entrusted with our nation’s highest secrets should act with the gravity and seriousness of purpose that knowledge deserves,” Warner said.