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Saturday, May 26, 2018
Deep State on the Defensive
James Clapper and complicit media push the narrative that
FBI spying on Trump was a "good thing"
Ed. Imagine the
howls of indignation coming from the media and the rest of the left if the Bush
Administration had been guilty of spying on the Kerry Campaign. But spying on
Trump’s campaign is a “good thing?”
When candidate Donald
Trump claimed his
2016 campaign had been the target of a spying campaign, the old-line
establishment media reacted with derision. Since Trump’s 2016 victory, it
has become more apparent that the spying was real, and part of an intelligence
operation to exonerate Trump’s opponent Hillary Clinton, frame the victorious
president on fake charges of colluding with Russia, and ultimately drive him
The Deep State
A key player for the
previous administration is former Director of National Intelligence (DNI) James
Clapper, who now holds forth on MSNBC. On Tuesday, Joy Behar asked Clapper if
the FBI had been spying on the Trump campaign.
they were not,” said Clapper, DNI from 2010-2017. “They were spying on, a
term I don't particularly like, but on what the Russians were doing. Trying to understand
were the Russians infiltrating, trying to gain access, trying to gain leverage
or influence — which is what they do.”
Clapper also said,
“With the informant business, well, the point here is the Russians. Not spying
on the campaign but what are the Russians doing? And in a sense, unfortunately,
what they were trying to do is protect our political system and protect the
wondered, “why doesn't he like that? He should be happy.”
Clapper agreed that
“he should be,” but the president didn’t think so.
“No, James Clapper, I
am not happy,” tweeted President Trump, who has been citing “confidential
informants” in his campaign and saying “this is bigger than Watergate.”
The notion that the
spying was to “protect” Trump’s campaign and the nation was hardly the only
whopper from Clapper. He was also a bust as Director of National Intelligence,
an office with a short and curious history.
After 9/11 the first
response should have been military but instead it was bureaucratic, bulking up
an “intelligence community” already boasting 16 agencies. In February
2005, President Bush nominated John D. Negroponte,
ambassador to Iraq, as the first director of national intelligence,
followed by John McConnell and Dennis Blair. What value the DNI might have
contributed to the war on terror was not apparent. When Blaire stepped down
POTUS 44 picked Clapper, a former Air Force general, but even liberal Democrats
“I believe the best
thing for the U.S. Intelligence Community is to have someone with a civilian
background in charge,” said Sen.
Dianne Feinstein told reporters. Clapper, a big supporter of drones, got
the job anyway. He had previously headed the National Geospatial Intelligence
Agency and the Defense Intelligence Agency, but as DNI he came across as agent
The next year,
Clapper told the House Intelligence Committee that Egypt’s
Muslim Brotherhood is a “very heterogeneous group, largely secular.” The
Brotherhood “has eschewed violence and has decried Al Qaeda as a perversion of
Islam” and “have pursued social ends, a betterment of the political order in
Egypt.” Clapper also said the Muslim Brotherhood has “no overarching agenda,
particularly in pursuit of violence, at least internationally.” It was
appalling nonsense that should have prompted Clapper’s dismissal, but the
“consummate DNI” had not yet reached his peak performance.
In 2013 Sen.
Ron Wyden, Oregon Democrat, asked Clapper, “Does the NSA collect any type of
data at all on millions or hundreds of millions of Americans?” Clapper
replied “No, sir,” then added, “not wittingly.” So like the DNI his own
self, the mighty NSA didn’t know what it was doing.
earned the DNI the ninth annual Rosemary Award, named for the Nixon secretary
who erased some 18 minutes of a Watergate tape. The left-leaning National
Security Archive at George Washington University gives the award for the worst
open-government performance. To be fair, that year the award also acknowledged
FBI boss Robert Mueller and the Justice Department’s national security division
for wiretap issues, and POTUS 44 for repeated misrepresentations
about the bulk collection program.
Clapper, Brennan and Comey
As DNI for seven
years, Clapper knew full well what was going on but wasn’t exactly up front
about it. His exchange with Wyden came up again on Tuesday, when Meghan McCain
told Clapper “In 2013 when you were asked about it, you said ‘no,’ So that is a
Actually, Clapper did
lie, and he lied about his lies. That should rank him with Hillary Clinton,
John Brennan, James Comey, and all those highly paid prevaricators in the DOJ
Donald Trump was right
that his campaign had been targeted for spying. He is also right that this is a
national disgrace, and a scandal bigger than Watergate. The president should do
everything in his power to get out the full truth. Those who committed crimes
should be prosecuted to the full extent of the law.