There really is not much the FBI can do if the national security threat is the President of the United States.

By |2019-01-13T11:22:36+00:00January 13th, 2019|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , |10 Comments

I’m not going to lie, this is a little troubling.

Courtesy of WaPo:

The FBI can neutralize a counterintelligence threat several ways. One is to simply monitor the activity under the radar and, in the process, collect intelligence on what our foreign adversaries are interested in and able to do. An example of this tactic is the FBI’s operation “Ghost Stories,” which allowed 10 Russian spies to believe they were operating undetected for 10 years. During this time, the FBI gained important data on Russia’s tradecraft and targets, thereby allowing the United States to enhance its own intelligence techniques and foreign policy objectives. Another avenue to neutralize a target who might be acting on behalf of  foreign power is to remove their access to information that could help our adversary. In the case of someone sharing classified information with foreign intelligence, for example, the FBI could surreptitiously ensure that they are no longer able to obtain sensitive information (as they did with Robert Hanssen while he was under investigation in the 1980s and 1990s for spying for the Soviet Union and Russia), or to replace the information with fake documents, throwing our adversaries off the trail.

Under certain circumstances, the FBI can also take more aggressive steps. If the target is in a position to provide direct foreign intelligence about an adversary and appears to have wavering loyalties, our intelligence services can offer financial and other incentives to “flip” the target — turning him or her into a double agent who provides information to the United States while pretending to cooperate with their foreign handlers. And in the case of a foreign national or spy who is working under diplomatic cover who poses an egregious threat to national security, the FBI can force the target to leave the country — as the Obama administration did when it declared 35 Russian spies persona non grata in December 2016 in retaliation for Russia’s meddling in the 2016 election.

Unfortunately, none of these is a feasible option if the national security threat is the president of the United States.

The woman who wrote this is a former FBI agent and a national security analyst, and it is important information to share because there is a lot of misinformation out there. 

I heard more than one Trump apologist suggest that if there had really been an FBI investigation that they would not have allowed Trump to remain in office or cut off his access to top secret information, but as this article points out neither of those is an option.

In fact, without support from the Senate, now controlled by Mitch McConnell and the Republicans there are almost no structures in place to stop or control Trump, or even minimize the damage he can do while in office. 

Now that Democrats control the Congress they can start hitting the brakes but to stop the president, or remove him from office, we really need the Senate to step up and put the country before partisan politics. 

I do not see that happening any time soon. 

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10 Comments

  1. CFR January 13, 2019 at 4:12 pm - Reply

    But the US military can arrest him since he is considered the head of it as CIC

  2. anon January 13, 2019 at 5:41 pm - Reply
  3. Anon January 13, 2019 at 7:17 pm - Reply

    When all else fails we need Michelle Obama. We need her to come and feed us correctly.

  4. Anonymous January 13, 2019 at 7:40 pm - Reply

    Jokes about muchelle obama are not funny. I guess no one ever thought the enemy would come from within.

  5. Whatevs January 14, 2019 at 2:59 am - Reply

    ANd the FBI can and should start investigating Mitch McConnell and his wife Elaine Chao’s foreign connections.

    • Beaglemom January 14, 2019 at 6:45 am - Reply

      It doesn’t help that McConnell is in hiding. How come he’s never the one to appear on the Sunday GOP-friendly news talk shows? Is he afraid of spilling the beans? I think McConnell is a huge danger to his state because of his backing by the medical insurance industry (Kentucky and healthcare availability and also the opioid crisis) and to the country (the Russian collusion catastrophe). McConnell needs to be stopped and pronto. It looks like both Trump and McConnell are Putin’s puppets. Is Pence one also? And how many other Republicans?

  6. End Time$ January 14, 2019 at 7:50 am - Reply

    https://www.latimes.com/opinion/op-ed/la-oe-heffernan-shutdown-as-trump-doomsday-act-20190112-story.html?fbclid=IwAR2_8NsYG79G_qn8gyZ-fV6Cv4OBLgdhwknc4jMJxrd23rLU8d4bTzG5xI0

    “Better nuclear winter than more letters in LGBTQ,” “The Flight 93 Election”
    “The idea is that even the annihilation of humankind is worth it if it owns the libs”

    “He’s mad as {HELL} that the Democratic leadership unmanned him in front of sages like Rush Limbaugh and Ann Coulter.
    So he’s still $NORTing around looking for something to destroy. California? Better nuclear winter than a minute’s success for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.”

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