My hope is that Trump’s legacy will be the overhaul & reorganization of our intelligence agencies. I think it’s coming (in some form or another) but that he’s waiting for his second term. Here’s one way to do it:
If I were the bad orange man, my first order of business upon being reelected would be to fire the current DNI and appoint one who is fully on board with getting rid of the DNI — we just wouldn’t go public with that until after he’s been confirmed.
The next step would be to fire Wray and appoint a new FBI director. Nothing personal — just need somebody fresh. Preferably someone who hasn’t worked too closely with the FBI in the past.
The new director would assist in step three, which would be to reorganize the FBI. Their purview is massive — break ’em up. The agency responsible for investigating federal crimes does NOT belong functioning as an intelligence agency. Let Homeland worry about domestic terrorism and the CIA handle foreign.
Step four would be the dissolution of the NSA. Split their functions accordingly between the NRO, the CIA, and Homeland.
Step five? Gut the CIA. Specifically the Directorate of Support, which is the most massive of the five and has gradually been taking over by the same intersectional ideology plaguing our universities. The function of the DOA should be mission support — that is all.
Trump will mostly have to carry this one out via executive order for a number of reasons. I think the only reason he hasn’t handled it already is that he’s afraid of how it’ll look when he lays off thousands of black women — and no, I’m not being hyperbolic in the least.
After that, I’d deal with the House Democrats. HPSCI doesn’t have nearly as much oversight as they like to pretend, quite simply because the House Dems have a culture of handling sensitive information carelessly, which allows their staffers to “innocently” leak things to the press and get away with it.
(If caught, they’ll quietly be dismissed, but I’ve heard of a few cases in which they were successfully prosecuted.)
It’s gotten so bad that people will routinely refuse to answer questions from the committee, even after they’ve been (emptily) threatened with contempt.
I’d force the DOJ to expend resources prosecuting even the mildest of leaks — including the congressmen themselves — until they got the fucking message and cleaned up their act. If there’s going to be a House oversight committee — and I think there ought to be — then it shouldn’t be just for show.
The FBI doesn’t have the authority to investigate this as a criminal affair. The most they could have done (and are doing now) is reopen Brett’s background check (yes, we are now on a first-name basis because I’m tired of typing his last name).
Montgomery County police have no reason to investigate him, because despite the crap you may have seen floating around, the statute of limitations has long since expired.
Senate Republicans don’t have the authority to call for the FBI to reopen his background check; the only one who does is Trump, and he has repeatedly pointed out that Brett’s already been through half a dozen background checks and emerged squeaky-clean.
Personally, I would‘ve liked to have seen Brett offer to take a polygraph. (And for all we know, he may have made such a request.) But that also would’ve been Trump’s call to make. Precedent demands only that he select someone qualified and vetted. The Constitution demands even less.
But moving on to more interesting matters: Christine Ford. The scrub job they did on her is astounding. This woman no longer existed by the time she took the stand, apart from three old sunglasses pics, two black and white photos from when she was a minor, and the “I Believe Christine” brand — which has made her into a millionaire.
Her house, her car — everything was transferred over to the name of an associate prior to her own name being “leaked”. She’s a ghost, man.
They did such a good job of erasing her past that there is no record of her ever having published a SINGLE research paper — despite being a RESEARCH psychologist — or having taught at either of the two universities at which she is said to have taught.
Are you ready for the kicker? It appears they may have accidentally erased any and all record of her ever having been licensed to practice clinical psychology. (Not that she’ll need another day job after this.)
Or else she committed perjury when she testified to being a licensed psychologist, and has been defrauding both universities all along. Which is entirely plausible, seeing how she lied about when she had her house remodeled — 2008, rather than 2012, which is significant because the two front doors serve as the time stamp by which she’s claiming to have first identified Brett as her groper.
The other night Reason published an article calling for an FBI investigation into Christine Ford’s accusation against Brett Kavanaugh — and then went on to criticize Senate Republicans for trying to block such an investigation.
The problem is, the FBI lacks the authority to investigate because Kavanaugh hasn’t been accused of any federal crime. The most they could do is reopen Kavanaugh’s background check, yet they have declined do so because Kavanaugh has been continuously vetted throughout his twenty-eight-year career.
Furthermore, the Senate cannot direct the FBI to reopen Kavanaugh’s background check, and the Republicans are actively trying to investigate despite interference from Christine Ford’s attorney and Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein.
The backlash against Reason editors was astounding.