December 14, 2016

The CIA Is An Embarrassment

The CIA has taken the position that the Russian government has interfered in a US Presidential election by hacking into the emails of prominent Democrats and spilling the beans to various sources. They are doing this despite possessing no evidence that this has happened.

Rather, CIA officials cite circumstances that lead them to believe this. One circumstance is that the Republicans were not likewise afflicted by the likes of WikiLeaks, QED, those pesky Rooskies are at it again and wanted Trump to triumph.

Problem is, other highly regarded intelligence sources cite decades of analytical/intelligence experience and think the CIA is full of shit.
[...]We are being misled to believe that there is irrefutable evidence that Russia hacked the DNC and Podesta emails and the basis for this conclusion, we now learn, is that some unnamed analysts THINK that Russia is behind it because the only emails released came from the Democrats and excluded the Republicans.

The stupidity of this is stunning. When I was an analyst my bosses did not care what my opinion about anything was. I was to report the intelligence and comment on what we knew.

But it gets worse. The CIA analysts predicated their goofy analysis on a false premise– they “THINK” Russia breached the RNC. Think? There was a time that the bosses at CIA required evidence or sources. Speculation was unacceptable. But this goes beyond speculation. The CIA is ignoring the proven fact that the RNC Chair Reince Preibus and the RNC Deputy Sean Spicer say there was no breach whatsoever. In fact, they said the FBI came into the RNC, examined the computer systems and then confirmed that they had not been hacked nor breached. The failure to consider all facts is the cardinal sin of an intelligence analyst. On this point the CIA is guilty.
It is the considered opinion of one intelligence expert of note that:
This is more than an embarrassment; it is an indictment of how corrupt and inept the CIA has become over the last 20 years. It has become so thoroughly politicized that it is no more reliable then your mediocre Washington think tank. In my view the CIA should be dismantled. We need to start over. This is not an isolated error. The failures of the CIA over the years are significant. But those did not include meddling in a U.S. Presidential election. This is the ultimate irony. The CIA is accusing Russia of interfering in the Presidential election when in fact it is the CIA itself that is now crossing that line.
Story here, more here on how it appears that this was leaked information from an inside source, not hacked remotely by a foreign agent.

And right on the heels of the above comes this - a disgusted democrat gave up the goodies.
A Wikileaks envoy today claims he personally received Clinton campaign emails in Washington D.C. after they were leaked by 'disgusted' whisteblowers - and not hacked by Russia. 
Craig Murray, former British ambassador to Uzbekistan and a close associate of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange, told that he flew to Washington, D.C. for a clandestine hand-off with one of the email sources in September. 
'Neither of [the leaks] came from the Russians,' said Murray in an interview with on Tuesday. 'The source had legal access to the information. The documents came from inside leaks, not hacks.'


DUTA said...

The FBI is also an embarassment by not preventing Hillary Clinton from running for presidency(due to the email affair). They're the real loser of the elections.

LL said...

You'll note that the outfit is under fire for not appearing per a House Intelligence Committee request. I suspect that Gen. Clapper is quietly kicking some ass and that there are a few mandarins who are coming to Jesus - before they are transferred short of tour.

Doom said...

The CIA was created to inform the president. It is now a deep-state affair, of questionable use to anything but their own agenda, which is very questionable. I am not, honestly, sure they have ever had a legitimate role in the government of a free people. If they have, or could, this ain't it. Burn them to the ground if need be. I don't want an internal or external kgb. Leave that to the tyrannical peasant nation-states.


I don't think the FBI has the role of deciding who can run for office. Looks to me like they were working for her, just had to do some things to cover their butts. I still think they thought she was going to win. The problem with almost any government bureaucracy, now that they are all unions, is that they will work for the candidate that increases government, at almost any cost. All bureaus are, at this time, a disgrace.

Unfortunately, even if Trump is what he seems, as with Reagan he is going to run into the grey people who run everything. You can't fire enough of them, or change the system fast enough, to correct. And they will bring all the systems down before allowing even mild corrections. That IS how unions work. Even FDR, the bastard crony capitalist commie lover, knew better, in his time. We are living what even he feared.

LindaG said...

Unions are the enemies of working America. Some people will defend them, but in this day and age, I think they are their own worst enemy. Wasn't Detroit making $70 or $80 dollars an hour or more to watch a robot assembly line? How can you make that much money and not be happy? Even with the threat of jobs going overseas, they still asked for outrageous demands.

But yes, the CIA seems to be no better than the MSM.

Kid said...

All you gotta know