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Trump Considering Private Intelligence Agency to Circumvent ‘Deep State’

The president doesn't trust his own agencies, whom he believes are undermining his presidency.

By NTK Staff | 12.05.2017 @2:00pm
Trump Considering Private Intelligence Agency to Circumvent ‘Deep State’

President Trump is reportedly considering launching his own, private intelligence agency, according to a report from Matthew Cole and Jeremy Scahill of The Intercept. The plan is widely viewed “as a means of countering ‘deep state’ enemies in the intelligence community seeking to undermine Donald Trump’s presidency.”

CIA Director Mike Pompeo has endorsed the idea, according to the report, and the private agency would answer directly to him and the president:

“Pompeo can’t trust the CIA bureaucracy, so we need to create this thing that reports just directly to him,” said a former senior U.S. intelligence official with firsthand knowledge of the proposals, in describing White House discussions. “It is a direct-action arm, totally off the books,” this person said, meaning the intelligence collected would not be shared with the rest of the CIA or the larger intelligence community. “The whole point is this is supposed to report to the president and Pompeo directly.”

The proposal comes to the White House from Blackwater founder Erik Prince and retired Lt. Colonel Oliver North, who was convicted in the Iran-Contra scandal.

Rather than combatting domestic enemies of the president, the spy network would serve as a substitute international intelligence operation for the agencies that the president does not trust:

The proposals would utilize an army of spies with no official cover in several countries deemed “denied areas” for current American intelligence personnel, including North Korea and Iran. The White House has also considered creating a new global rendition unit meant to capture terrorist suspects around the world, as well as a propaganda campaign in the Middle East and Europe to combat Islamic extremism and Iran.

The White House and the CIA have both strongly denied the existence of any such proposal, with a CIA spokesperson telling Cole and Scahill, “You have been provided wildly inaccurate information by people peddling an agenda.”

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