For a second there, it looked like Trump might actually go after the CIA, but as we know looks can be deceiving. On Saturday, the new president traveled to CIA headquarters to kiss and make up.
Had a great meeting at CIA Headquarters yesterday, packed house, paid great respect to Wall, long standing ovations, amazing people. WIN!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 22, 2017
This conciliatory gesture, Trump style, didn’t convince former CIA Director John Brennan who was reportedly “deeply saddened” by Trump’s remarks at the so-called Memorial Wall dedicated to CIA employees who died in the line of service. Most of the stars on the wall are dedicated to officers of the CIA’s Special Activities Division. SAD is responsible for covert operations, including psychological operations and economic warfare. It has conducted direct military action in Cuba, Vietnam, Nicaragua, El Salvador, Iraq, Afghanistan, and other countries.
Trump didn’t talk about “fallen” PSYOP officers. He talked about himself and the inauguration turnout.
Video: Trump breathless, emotional, speaking before CIA memorial. Not breathless about the dead; but about his inaugural turnout numbers. pic.twitter.com/86bgToI174
— John Aravosis (@aravosis) January 22, 2017
He also said his reported battle with the CIA is a media created lie:
— 🇺🇸Cris 🇺🇸 (@ThePatriot143) January 22, 2017
Another snapshot of Bizzaro world. CIA employees applauding Trump’s remarks about the media when the CIA is responsible for feeding the media anti-Trump propaganda, most notably The Washington Post, the crown jewel of the CIA’s Operation Mockingbird, the successful effort to turn the media into a “mighty Wurlitzer” of disinfo and propaganda.
Former Minnesota governor Jesse Ventura told us how the CIA vets political leaders and makes sure they are on the same page in regard to “issues of mutual interest.”
Trump undoubtedly realizes the CIA “is sort of the President’s own Praetorian Guard,” according to Daniel McAdams of Ron Paul’s Institute of Peace and Prosperity. “This is like his own personal army which is accountable to no one.”
“There was a claim by this…former editor of a major German newspaper who said that Europeans journalists are routinely paid off by the CIA to publish this or that piece of manipulation,” McAdams continued.
Dr. Udo Ulfkotte, who also penned a book on the CIA, was found dead last week.
“When I told the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (Ulfkotte’s newspaper) that I would publish the book, their lawyers sent me a letter threatening with all legal consequences if I would publish any names or secrets—but I don’t mind. You see, I don’t have children to take care of,” he told Russian Insider.