From The Ramparts
Tuesday, April 25, 2017
Junious Ricardo Stanton
Kettle Calling The Pot Black
With all the brouhaha about alleged Russian hacking of the 2016 presidential election you would think the Democratic Party, the US Deep State (shadow government FBI, CIA etc), US politicians and the corporate media would not risk making fools of themselves if the masses knew the US has been quit busy attempting to undermine and influence election outcomes around the world since the late 1940's. In fact I'll bet most people forgot President Obama tried to persuade voters in the
United Kingdom not to vote to exit
the European Union two months prior to the June 23, 2016 vote. He spoke openly
on several occasions in support of the UK remaining in the European Union.
Many feel Obama's pro EU push is what made Brits vote so overwhelmingly to
leave the European Union!
But that was, chump change, an extremely passive attempt to influence British politics by the
government. The US
has a far more aggressive, imperialist and neo-colonial history of interference, intervention and meddling
around the world. Recent research by Dov Levin a postdoctoral fellow at
Carnegie Mellon University's Institute for Politics and Strategy discovered the
US government worked assiduously to influence the outcomes of foreign elections
at least eighty-one times between 1946 and 2000 and that doesn't include the countless
coup d'etas, assassinations and regime change campaigns of candidates the US
wanted to toppled and get rid of. http://investmentwatchblog.com/us-intervened-over-80-times-in-foreign-elections/
Using declassified "intelligence" and Congressional reports on CIA
activities, academic research and reports Levin reported the US was actively
engaged in propaganda, misinformation, provided cash or foreign aid, created
campaign material for their favored candidate(s), made open and veilled threats
against a candidate and other sundry mischief. Again that was between 1946 and
2000 which didn't include the dirty tricks and lethal activities employed by
the US CIA.
US to accuse Russia of interfering or hacking an
election is like the kettle calling the pot Black. But that's what hypocrites
and psychopaths do. Think about all the regime change the US has engaged in since 2000. For the record, some of the more infamous and
egregious examples are: supporting a coup against Hugo Chaves of Venezuela in
2000, removing the Taliban from power in Afghanistan in 2001, murdering Saddam
Hussein in 2006, support the coup against Manuel Zelaya of Honduras in 2009, killing
Muammar Gaddafi in 2011, ousting Viktor Yanukovych of Ukraine in 2014 and
their ongoing attempts to replace the duly elected president of Syria Bashar
al-Assad just to cite a few.
Speaking of hypocrisy, the
charged Saddam Hussein gassed Kurdish Iraqis. They alleged this prior to the US warmongers
settling on the weapons of mass destruction deception as the reason for the
2003 Iraqi invasion. The fact of the matter is the United
States sold Saddam Hussein the tear gas, sarin and other
chemical and biological weapons he used in his war against Iran. The US even had satellite footage of
Iraqi troops using sarin gas against Iranian forces in 1988. There is no proof
Hussein gassed the Kurds living in Iraq. http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article1148.htm
In 2013 the
claimed Syrian president Bashar al Assad gassed his own people killing over one thousand Syrians. The
corporate media jumped on the story and the Obama administration tried to use
the anti-Assad propaganda as a pretext
to do to Syria what they did
During the debate, Putin stepped in and brokered a deal whereby Assad agreed to
turn over all the country's chemical weapons and allow full unfettered inspections.
This prevented the US from declaring
a no fly zone over Syria or
invading and the US
warmongers have not forgotten or forgiven Putin for that.
Subsequently Assad asked Putin for help fighting the Western backed "rebels" who were waging a proxy war on behalf of the
US and its Israeli, Turkish and
Saudi Arabian allies. Putin sent in Russian bombers, missiles and logistical
support. This along with the active support of Iran and Hezbollah turned the tide
in Assad's favor. Now the US
is saying Assad gassed Syrian civilians at a time when by all accounts he and
his allies are winning!? It doesn't make sense nor is it logical, except if you
see this as a ruse to rationalize US and NATO direct military engagement.
This is a repeat of the Saddam gassed the Kurds and the 2013 claims Assad gassed civilians. Hopefully except for dolts like Donald Trump people will not go for the okey-doke again. Fool me once shame on you. Fool me twice shame on me.
Monday, April 17, 2017
Wars and Rumors of War
Junious Ricardo Stanton
Wars and Rumors of Wars
This is nothing new the
using cyber warfare for years viruses like Stuxnet to attack the Iranian
nuclear program. https://www.nytimes.com/topic/subject/cyberattacks-on-iran-stuxnet-and-flame These are acts of war! US
We must not forget the people of
Syria elected Assad as their president, that it
is the West and its fanatical Wahabi jihadist partners from Saudi Arabia who are attempting to overthrow
Assad, usher in a bogus Islamic Caliphate which will propagate Neo-Colonialism
on behalf of the West and make
the dominant power in the region. Israel
With regards to
, remember the Korean
War was never resolved, no peace treaty was ever signed. The opposing sides
merely agreed to withdraw their forces below the "Demilitarized Zone"
that splits North Korea
and serves as a buffer to the North and South. The fact of the matter is the
Koreans would like their country unified and to live together in peace. If Korea Germany could be reunited so can , but the
West doesn't want a resolution there. If the West wanted peace they would aggressively
pursue peaceful solutions. But noo, they maintain an adversarial stance towards
Naturally the North Korean leadership wants to protect itself from the American
warmongers! North Korea
The corporate media played up the recent events in an alarmingly cavalier fashion providing analysis no on the potential these events have to trip start WW IV (WWIII is the ongoing covert operations, interventions, destabilization campaigns, coups, economic sanctions, imperialism and Neocolonialism of the US, UK, NATO, Israel etc following the official end of hostilities for WWII.) Nowhere in the corporate media do we hear voices calling for restraint, pleading for the mobilization for PEACE against the Trump administration's bellicose and discombobulated foreign policy if you can call it that. The corporate media are the megaphones and sycophants of the ruling class
and their puppets
in the government. Deep
So amidst this tension, saber rattling and games of chicken, here are the actual reasons for all of this instead of the corporate media's lies. The NeoCon, global banking cartel, military industrial, security/surveillance state hydra's dream of a New American Century where the American Empire is the only super power in the world are swiftly imploding around them and they are in panic mode.
is about to eclipse the
as the largest economy in the world. The US dollar is losing its status as the
world's reserve currency, the BRICS nations (Brazil Russia, US India, China
are challenging the World Bank, IMF and Bank of International Settlements usury
monopoly with their New Development Bank and using alternative currencies in
their mutual trade agreements and transactions. This means the end of US dollar
hegemony, and the Western plutocrats are having conniptions. So they have
unleashed the hellhounds by demonizing Putin, destabilizing South Africa Brazil's economy, fomenting tension between India and Pakistan
and attempted a color revolution in in 2014. These are
acts of war or precursors to war. South Africa
These current tensions and moves are all part of their panic because the BRICS and the Shanghai Cooperative Group (
Russia and 's version of NATO) are not
backing down and are taking precautions to protect themselves. http://investmentwatchblog.com/breaking-news-china-and-russia-send-ships-after-united-states-aircraft-carrier-moving-toward-north-korea/ We are facing a Mexican Standoff of
gargantuan proportions. Stay tuned. China
Sunday, April 02, 2017
The Big Lie Technique In Action
From the Ramparts
Junious Ricardo Stanton
The Big Lie Technique In Action
“If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it. The lie can be maintained only for such time as the State can shield the people from the political, economic and/or military consequences of the lie. It thus becomes vitally important for the State to use all of its powers to repress dissent, for the truth is the mortal enemy of the lie, and thus by extension, the truth is the greatest enemy of the State."- Joseph Goebbels Head of Nazi Propaganda
We are witnessing the application of tried and true propaganda techniques espoused by Nazi propaganda chief Joseph Goebbles who studied and applied the mind control tactics of US PR and advertising guru Edward Bernays. Burnays was the nephew of Sigmund Freud and he applied many of his uncle's ideas about the unconscious with the crowd psychology theories of Wilford Trotter and Gustove LeBon to develop a successful advertising, PR and propaganda career.
Bernays like Goebbles was about manipulating the masses, getting them to do what he and his clients such as cigarette companies and the
US government wanted them to do unbeknownst
to the people. In order to accomplish
this, Bernays developed techniques to influence people on the subconscious
level. He believed it was imperative for the masses to be manipulated and
controlled by a certain segment of society. He wrote, "The conscious and
intelligent manipulation of the organized habits and opinions of the masses is
an important element in democratic society. Those who manipulate this unseen
mechanism of society constitute an invisible government which is the true
ruling power of our country. We are governed, our minds are molded, our tastes
formed, and our ideas suggested, largely by men we have never heard of…. It is
they who pull the wires that control the public mind..." http://theconversation.com/the-manipulation-of-the-american-mind-edward-bernays-and-the-birth-of-public-relations-44393 Bernays used the term "democratic society"
despite the fact what he was espousing is the exact opposite of "democracy".
As a writer Bernays was successful getting the public to go along with Woodrow Wilson's entry into WWI. Afterwards he surmised those same techniques could be used to sell products as well. Of course his advertising campaigns for products like cigarettes, soap and appliances involved telling lies and creating perceptions that were not true or real.
In 1920 Joseph Goebbles discovered Bernays and became a fan despite the fact Bernays was Jewish. When Hitler came to power through deception and subterfuge (The Reichstag Fire, and the lie
Goebbles as Hitler's head of propaganda employed Bernays' techniques, tactics
and strategies to create a fanatical imperialist movement with mindless
obedience to its leader.
Today Bernays' attitudes about controlling the masses, his techniques and tactics are pervasive. They are all around us, we are bombarded with them twenty four hours a day! The ruling class were Bernays' primary clients and they keep his legacy of lies, publicity stunts, contrived, fake events and perception management alive and thriving today. Remember Bernays was about mass manipulation in order to control people's minds, their worldview and behavior! Do you see any similarities in today's current events?
Here are several examples of how Bernays' and Goebbles techniques have been applied in recent years. In 1990 the Washington D.C. PR firm Hill and Knowlton created a multi-million dollar propaganda campaign to convince the world Saddam Hussein was an evil man to justify the first Gulf War, despite the fact prior to his invasion of
Kuwait he was a US ally! They created a front group
called Citizens for A Free Kuwait, to spread lies about alleged rapes and Iraqi
soldiers killing Kuwaiti infants. Hill and Knowlton even staged a bogus hearing
on Capital Hill to simulate a Congressional Hearing where the daughter of the
Kuwaiti Ambassador posed as a witness to atrocities committed by Iraqi
soldiers. The corporate media covered and promoted the fake Hearing using them
to create Anti-Iraq sentiment. (Read Weapons of Mass Deception The Uses of
Propaganda in Bush's War on Iraq
by Sheldon Rampton nd John Stauber).
On September 11, 2001 the corporate media broadcast round the clock pictures of smoldering, collapsing twin towers with the caption America Under Attack. These images, the screen captions and constant rhetoric prepared our psyches for the first leg of their bogus War on Terror the
US invasion of Afghanistan in October 2001. This
invasion was planned many months before 9-11 against a country that neither attacked
nor had anything to do with 9-11! https://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2001/11/afgh-n20.html
President Bu$h demanded the Taliban turn Osama bin-Laden over to the
US. The Taliban asked, as any
reasonable person or group would, for evidence proving Osama bin-Laden was
responsible for 9-11 (They knew a man living in a cave in Afghanistan could
not have pulled off such an attack!). Bu$h told them we don't have to give you
any evidence, proceeded to launch the invasion, and told us "You are
either with us or with the enemy."
The corporate media uncritically echoed the charges against bin-Laden although no evidence has ever been produced to prove he was the culprit. In fact the FBI's own Website doesn't mention him in connection with 9-11!!! Nevertheless we have been at war around the world for sixteen years over bogus propaganda and lies!
There are more recent examples but let these marinate, I'm sure you will come up with more on your own, (hint the Russia Did It narrative). Don't believe the hype and don't fall for the Big Lie.
Monday, March 20, 2017
Things That Make You Go Hmmm?
From the Ramparts
Junious Ricardo Stanton
Things That Make you Go Hmm?
"The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court was established in 1978 when Congress enacted the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA), which is codified, as amended, at 50 U.S.C. §§ 1801-1885c. The Court sits in
D.C., and is composed of eleven federal
district court judges who are designated by the Chief Justice of the .
Each judge serves for a maximum of seven years and their terms are staggered to
ensure continuity on the Court. By statute, the judges must be drawn from
at least seven of the United States judicial circuits, and three of the judges
must reside within 20 miles of the District of Columbia." http://www.fisc.uscourts.gov/about-foreign-intelligence-surveillance-court United States
The hearings currently going on in Washington regarding the alleged collusion between Donald Trump and the Russians, alleged Russian influence or hacking of the Democratic National Committee, leaks of classified information and whether President Obama spied on candidate Trump are not serious investigations. It is a partisan dog and pony show designed to further the "Russia did it" narrative, demonize Vladimir Putin, absolve Clinton of any responsibility for her woeful election loss and make Trump look bad so public opinion can be shaped against Trump and pressure brought to bear to impeach him.
The FBI Director and Director of the National Security Agency were called to Capital Hill to answer questions about investigations as to the degree if any Russia was involved influencing the 2016 presidential election whether the Trump campaign colluded with the Russians or Obama had Trump under surveillance. FBI Director James Comey stated he could not answer or speculate on many questions because there was an ongoing counterintelligence investigation going on. He did say there was no evidence that Trump was bugged by the Obama administration. Notice he wasn't asked if Trump could have been bugged by another government or entity.
The thing that makes me go hmmm about all this is the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISA) was established in 1978 and it is the official process whereby the government can gain permission to spy on a foreign person, entity or group. It is a known fact the FISA Court merely rubber stamps requests from US "intelligence" and law enforcement agencies. One of the concerns is the number of requests FISA gets and the type of data collected. FISA is supposed to be for surveillance of foreign persons but the US has had a sordid history of abuse by the FBI and CIA (COINTELPRO Operation Chaos), if you want to know just how foul and wicked our government has been read the Church Committee Reports https://www.brookings.edu/blog/brookings-now/2015/05/06/40-years-ago-church-committee-investigated-americans-spying-on-americans/ It was because of the Church Committee findings the FISA Court was set up!!!
By the way, where were the NSA and FBI who had global surveillance capabilities with their Echelon and Carnivore spy systems when 9-11 was being planned?! How come with all that taxpayer money that goes into the defense and intelligence deep state they didn't stop 9-11 even when the CIA Director told President Bu$h something was going down around September 11th? Makes you go hmmm?
If Obama was spying or bugging Trump he wouldn't be that stupid to use the FBI NSA or CIA where he would leave a paper or E-mail trail back to himself or the White House. If he was spying on Trump and his people, Obama would probably do like Nixon did have some off
book, off the grid operatives
do it. There is speculation the Obama administration used the British version
of the NSA what the USA UK calls
Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) who collaborate and share information
and technology with the US NSA and Canada,
Australia and ,
what in the spy business is known as Five Eyes Alliance, to do their dirty work.
An arrangement like this makes more sense than using the FBI or CIA because the Five Eye Alliance routinely contact each other, coordinate and collaborate on global spying and surveillance. In fact there is speculation by several former CIA analysts that the abrupt resignation of the GCHQ Director Robert Hannigan in January of 2017 has something to do with GCHQ's involvement in the Flynn resignation and that could have been expanded to spy on Trump. http://www.veteransnewsnow.com/2017/03/01/1014351is-there-more-to-the-flynn-story-philip-giraldi/ And of course neither the GCHQ nor the British government are going to admit their complicity in this in fact they have already denied any involvement. Things that make you go hmmm?
Anyway, enjoy the Congressional dog and pony show, but don't fall for the flim-flam.
Monday, March 13, 2017
Don't Fall for The Russki Ruse
Junious Ricardo Stanton
Don't Fall For The Russki Ruse
In an effort to obfuscate Hillary Clinton's disappointing loss to Donald Trump the Democratic Party and the corporate media are attempting to lay the blame for the shocking smack down of their candidate on Russian president Vladimir Putin. But the fact of the matter is the Democrats and media have presented no solid physical evidence whatsoever (only anonymous unnamed sources) to prove the Russians hacked the election or influenced its outcome.
The warmonger faction of the ruling class opposes Donald Trump not because of his ego or because he may be emotionally unstable, what modern president was more goofy than George W Bu$h (or Gerald Ford)? They oppose him because he is a D.C. outsider and a nationalist. As a candidate Trump called into question some of their most sacrosanct institutions and policies: NATO, the United Nations and the ongoing animus against Vladimir Putin and
They cannot have anyone least of all a novice outsider thwarting their imperialist agenda. So they have unleashed their media hellhounds on Trump and his cabinet. They are trying to paint him as a traitor and puppet of Putin. They are attempting to kill two birds with one stone, undermine Trump and further demonize Putin and
Putin has been in their crosshairs for a while but he really ignited their ire when he interfered with their plans to do to
Syria what they did to Iraq and Libya,
into a failed vassal state. When Putin responded to Assad's request for help
and his Russian air forces with the assistance of Iran and Hezbollah ground forces set
back the Western supported Wahabbi fanatics who serve as the canon fodder in
their effort to topple Assad, he really ticked them off! With Putin and Co's help Assad has retaken
much of the country. Putin's actions prevented another US/NATO invasion of a
sovereign nation that is not a threat to the West.
Also Putin and China's Xi Jinping have partnered to form BRICS (with Brazil, India and South Africa) to create a powerful trading block and an international bank that provides an alternative to US unipolar hegemony, the IMF, the World Bank and the Rothschild international usury system. The BRICS trading partnership is not buying or selling in US petrodollars which is a step towards dethroning the US dollar as the world's trading currency.
The BRICS are signing mutually beneficial multilateral trade deals and agreeing to protect each other militarily, which is why the
US is working feverishly to create
problems in all the BRICS nations. They are pushing NATO to the borders of Russia, holding war games and the US was behind the coup in Ukraine. That
would be like Russia or China placing troops on the Canadian border then
and putting an anti-US government in its place.
US is provoking China
in the South China Sea and fomenting discord with China's Muslim population. The US is working to further undermine Brazil's faltering economy and they attempted a
color revolution in South
Africa two years ago but failed. BRICS is a
major threat to the ruling oligarchs New World Order plans.
Don't fall for the media's okey-doke. Do some research on the CIA's Operation Mockingbird and the FBI's COINTELPRO (which have now been legalized by the USA PATRIOT ACT and NDAA) http://www.theblackvault.com/documentarchive/operation-mockingbird/ and you will see just how ruthless our government is and has been. Don't fall for the Russki ruse.
Monday, February 06, 2017
I Am Not Your Negro
From The Ramparts
Junious Ricardo Stanton
I Am Not Your Negro
My wife and I went to see Raoul Peck's documentary I Am Not Your Negro. It was based upon James Baldwin's writings and life experiences. It uses archival footage of Baldwin, pictures and footage of American history and Samuel L. Jackson's voice reading and sharing some of
and writings to tell his story. It uses music, the Blues, and popular recordings
to infuse the images with emotion and Baldwin's perspective on racial politics
It is a powerful film. It helps the viewer realize history and "the past"
are not distant, unrelated, abstract disconnected entities, but an integral, integrated
and omnipresent part of our now. It demonstrates we cannot escape our past and America certainly
cannot nor will never change unless and until we face our demons and make an
honest effort to repent and be better.
The film is in limited distribution. In fact it is in only two theaters in the whole , tri-state area. It is not the kind of film the masses of Americans Black or white will go see. I can readily see why. The film, like James Baldwin is unnerving, it shatters our illusions and delusions about race in
It is based on an uncompleted book Baldwin was
writing prior to his death.
James Baldwin always made me uncomfortable, yet he influenced me greatly. He was uncompromising in his assessment of the American reality. He took no prisoners and didn't give white
wiggle room to escape their sins, their duplicity, lies and hypocrisy. His
piercing eyes, his candor and vocabulary made him a champion for Negroes as we
were called in the 1960's when I became familiar with his work.
The film includes interviews of him on the Dick Cavett television program in the 1960's, lectures at
and archival footage of American history, the history most Americans want to
forget. I Am Not Your Negro weaves
many threads using Baldwin's words, pictures, Hollywood film clips and current
events to tell Baldwin's story as interpreted
by Raoul Peck, which makes the film extraordinarily powerful. Under Peck's
direction the film examines the impact of three men on Baldwin's
life, their martyrdom and his relationship with them: Medgar Evers, Malcolm X
and Martin Luther King. Baldwin knew all three
and each had a profound impact on his life because as a writer he was
intimately involved in the struggle against oppression. In the film Baldwin who
was living in Paris as an expatriate determined
to return to America
and become engaged in the struggle because as he said, he could no longer be a
spectator from afar.
But aside from
Baldwin's personal thoughts, insights and
opinions, the film also reveals the connectivity between the past, slavery,
American apartheid euphemistically called "Jim Crow" and today. Peck
fuses pictures of Ferguson Missouri,
Trayvon Martin and a host of other Blacks killed by police while using Baldwin's words to juxtapose his personal defiance and optimism
amidst the carnage and oppression of his day. Near the end of the film Baldwin questions the very need to create niggers and he
says, "I am not a nigger, I'm a man".
But the sad reality is, the theme of the film is apropos today, which is scary. During the film the audience sat in rapt attention. There was no talking, no nervous laughter just focused concentration. Every once in a while you could here someone murmur, "that's right", or "uh, uh uh". When exiting the theater I observed hushed tones and expressions on people's faces demonstrating they were in deep thought. This is what art is supposed to do.
Monday, January 09, 2017
Don't Fall for The Okey-Doke
From The Ramparts
Junious Ricardo Stanton
Don't Fall for the Okey-Doke
As we enter a New year, we must be alert, vigilant and prepared to protect our minds from the onslaught of propaganda, lies and disinformation the 1% and their media flunkies are sending our way. We see some of it already with the bogus issues of "fake news" and the contrived mime the Russians hacked the election in favor of Donald Trump. Listening to and participating in conversations with many of our people, bless their hearts, some actually believe the Russians influenced the 2016 election.
What we are seeing is an all out campaign by the corporate media to demonize Russian president Vladimir Putin, weaken incoming US president Donald Trump and obfuscate the fact the corporate media was totally wrong in their biased predictions about the 2016 presidential election results!
Trump won the election by focusing on the key electoral college states like
Pennsylvania, Ohio, Michigan, Florida, North Carolina and Wisconsin.
In that regard Trump was successful winning traditionally Democratic states
The analysis of the election shows Hillary Clinton lost because she like Trump
was not well liked but she lost the white female vote, she lost the blue collar
vote and she failed dismally to rally the so called Obama coalition to vote for
her. As a warmonger and the candidate from Wall Street her populous message was
disingenuous, the people knew it so they didn't vote for her.
That being said, this nonsense about
hacking the election is pure propaganda. First of all, the media is being deceitful by
using the word hack. The Russians did not have access to US voting machines to
hack them. The Russians did not infiltrate the various local polling places or
manipulate the voting process in any way.
The Russians did not spend hundreds of millions of dollars on ad campaigns or
social media favoring Donald Trump. Even the US
"intelligence" agencies admit Russia did none of this.
What we are seeing is a full court press by the corporate media and
Washington establishment to intimidate and
belittle Donald Trump. Both Trump and Bernie Sanders were correct when they
stated the US
political system is rigged against ordinary citizens, that large donations have
tainted the whole process. The US Supreme Court allowed unlimited big money to
control US elections with their Citizens United v FEC ruling. Now big money
from the Military Industrial Complex, big pharmaceutical, insurance, media and corporate
boondoggles are trying to make sure Trump doesn't upset their business as usual
The notion Putin directly hacked the DNC is preposterous. It is an attempt to obfuscate the fact Clinton and the DNC were exposed rigging the primaries against Bernie Sanders. Putin and Russia are also being demonized because he along with Iran and Hezbollah were invited by President Assad to help save his country, defeated the ISIS terrorist in Syria being funded by the US. http://www.globalresearch.ca/how-the-us-supports-the-islamic-state-isis-one-accidental-airdrop-vs-billions-in-covert-military-aid/5409449 How dare he thwart the
at regime change in Syria!
The other reason Putin is being depicted as the villain is because the Military Industrial Complex and the US Deep State need a sovereign enemy to justify their imperialist policies and boondoggle spending. By now most people realize "ISIS" and "al-Qaida" (al- CIA-da) are a rag tag bunch of fanatics trained by
Arabia and funded by the West to do the US's dirty work.
But the corporate mind control apparatus wants us to believe they are an
independent self-sustaining global terrorist phenomenon.
We should question the so called intelligence agencies because they are the same folks who said Osama bin-Laden did 9-11, who said Saddam Hussein had WMDs, who said Assad gassed his own people, who told us Russia annexed Crimea (in 2014 Crimea voted overwhelmingly to rejoin the Russian federation.) Their track record is not so good. Trump should be skeptical. But to beltway crowd, questioning or disparaging the CIA , NSA, DIA etc is a no no. The last
US President to stand up to the CIA
was John F Kennedy and we know what happened to him. The last US Senator to publicly
expose intelligence abuses was Idaho Senator Frank Church. To get back at him
the CIA funded his opposition and he lost his bid for reelection.
2017 is barely started and the mind control apparatus is trying to gin up negative perceptions and hostilities that could lead to conflict (the US and NATO are ringing
with troops, missiles and conducting war games as we speak) and domestic
discord. Don't fall for the okey-doke, think for yourself and make up your own
mind. Be vigilant, double check your information, don't drink their Kool-aid.