With Donald Trump being so cozy with Betsy DeVos, it should be no surprise that he is also getting pretty cozy with her brother, Erik Prince. For those of you not familiar with Prince — he used to head up Blackwater USA, the mercenary company made famous during the Gulf War for mistreatment of prisoners and other war crimes.
According to the Intercept, Prince is now teaming up with another person with an objectionable background on a project to “provide CIA Director Mike Pompeo and the White House with a global, private spy network that would circumvent official U.S. intelligence agencies.” The other person? None other than Iran-Contra crook Oliver North.
If you had any doubt before now that Trump is doing everything in his power to circumvent our democracy, the picture is gaining clarity every day. This new, private, spy network would report to no one except Trump and CIA Director Pompeo, “yes” man for the pretender-in-chief. Let that sink in — a PRIVATE SPY AGENCY reporting directly to Trump.
While this story has been denied by the White House (it wouldn’t really be a secret agency if they didn’t deny its existence), this sure does sound like the beginning of a dictatorship. It has been stated by several people “in the know” that there have been a number of meetings on this subject thus far.
Trump has spent time since the campaign lambasting and doing everything in his power to discredit the United States intelligence community. He has called them biased, inept, and used a plethora of other insults. He has never trusted them — because they don’t answer directly to him and they are doing their job to protect our country from him maybe?
The prospect of a secretive spy agency in this country that answers directly to Putin’s puppet in the Oval Office is certainly not something easily digested. Even with the denials from the White House and the conspiracy-theory feel of this claim, it would benefit us not to ignore the possibility of this potential development.
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