Accuracy in Media

President Donald Trump’s controversial complaint that the intelligence community was using police-state tactics against him has been confirmed in the forced resignation of his national security adviser Michael T. Flynn. When Trump made his complaint, he was referring to leaks of potentially damaging information about him from an unverified dossier. In the Flynn case, several commentators have noted the use of surveillance techniques that are probably illegal.

A Wall Street Journal editorial wonders if “the spooks” who were listening to Flynn obeyed the law, and what legal justification they had for their eavesdropping. The paper added, “If Mr. Flynn was under U.S. intelligence surveillance, then Mr. Trump should know why, and at this point so should the American public. Maybe there’s an innocent explanation, but the Trump White House needs to know what’s going on with Mr. Flynn and U.S. spies.”

In “The Political Assassination of Michael Flynn,” Eli Lake writes about the highly controversial tactic of using “government-monitored communications of U.S. citizens” against Flynn and leaking them to the press. He added, “Normally intercepts of U.S. officials and citizens are some of the most tightly held government secrets. This is for good reason. Selectively disclosing details of private conversations monitored by the FBI or NSA gives the permanent state the power to destroy reputations from the cloak of anonymity. This is what police states do.”

In a column entitled, “Why you should fear the leaks that felled Mike Flynn,” John Podhoretz writes, “No joke, people—if they can do it to Mike Flynn, they can do it to you.” He said that “unelected bureaucrats with access to career-destroying materials clearly made the decision that what Flynn did or who Flynn was merited their intervention—and took their concerns to the press.”

Why was Flynn targeted? Lake writes that Flynn had “cultivated a reputation as a reformer and a fierce critic of the intelligence community leaders he once served with when he was the director the Defense Intelligence Agency under President Barack Obama. Flynn was working to reform the intelligence-industrial complex, something that threatened the bureaucratic prerogatives of his rivals.” Podhoretz says Flynn “had an antagonistic relationship with America’s intelligence agencies” and was their “potential adversary.”

That Flynn wanted to reform the intelligence community is true. But the more serious concern about Flynn from the perspective of the intelligence community is that he was opposed to the Obama policy, carried out by John Brennan’s CIA, of supporting the Muslim Brotherhood and Islamic terrorists in the Middle East. He had been outspoken about this since leaving the Defense Intelligence Agency.

Flynn’s links to Russia and the conversations he had with the Russian Ambassador are minor compared to the disasters in the Middle East that Flynn was exposing. The proxy war the Obama administration waged in the Middle East produced debacles in Egypt, Libya and Syria. In Egypt, the military rescued the country from a Muslim Brotherhood takeover engineered by Obama’s CIA. Libya is still in shambles, and Syria has been lost to the Russians and Iranians. The result in Syria alone is 500,000 dead and millions of refugees.

As documented extensively by AIM’s Citizens’ Commission on Benghazi, the U.S. under Obama switched sides in the war on terror, in favor of the terrorists. There were, of course, terrorists on the other side as well. In Syria, the Russian/Iranian/Syrian axis employed terrorist tactics to drive back the U.S.-supported terrorists. That produced a humanitarian disaster that is still unfolding.

Trump has inherited this disaster, and he and Flynn were trying to do something about it. But Trump’s proposal for vetting refugees from failed states has been struck down by liberal judges, and Trump has unfortunately accepted their jurisdiction in the case.

As we explained in a previous column, in a review of Flynn’s book, the former head of the Defense Intelligence Agency “thinks that the administration he served, headed by Barack Obama, tried to accommodate our enemies, selling out American interests in the process.” This is the world that President Trump faces and is trying to rectify.

We said at the time that “if Flynn wants to turn things around, he will have to lead a purge of the Clinton and Obama agents in the Pentagon and other agencies who have been deliberately withholding information about the nature of the threats and how our lives are in peril from an ‘enemy alliance’ that Obama has been supporting as President of the United States.”

It now appears that Flynn, or rather Trump, didn’t move fast enough, and that these special interests from the swamp have struck first, nailing Flynn’s scalp to the wall.

The media know that the Obama administration helped to produce the humanitarian disasters in countries like Syria and Libya. They ran stories about CIA arms shipments to terrorists in the region through countries like Saudi Arabia and Qatar. But when Flynn got into a position of power and was able to do something about exposing these dirty wars, he became the target. He became a target of surveillance and was tripped up about what he said and remembered about discussions with the Russian Ambassador.

On Capitol Hill, the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA), seems to be one of the few legislators concerned about the illegal leaks that drove Flynn from his job. He is even quoted as saying that the leakers “belong in jail.”

The American people have a right to know whether there is a “permanent state,” as Eli Lake says, and what role it is playing. But since the major media have been complicit in the intelligence community’s assault on Flynn, there is no reason to believe the media will want to get to the bottom of this subversion of our democratic system of government. Their hands are dirty, too.

It looks like the permanent state has a press office.

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  • Ted

    Mussolini calling the kettle black!

  • reb

    Why are “conservatives” defending a Putinista and Traitor like Flynn who was caught and exposed by our Security agencies finally doing their jobs? What kind of MORON calls our enemy ( the Neo-Evil Empire wannabee) that he knows should be monitored by our Security agencies and expects NOT to be caught? If Trump put him up to this then clearly- none of these characters are fit to run this country!

  • efred1

    Well, by destroying Flynn, we ended up with a decorated Navy SEAL, and Vice Admiral. If they go after him, Harward and his brother SEALs may just go on a snipe hunt, and take out these traitorous Obama spies.

    What these agent did was patently illegal and in direct violation of the Espionage Act; they recorded an American citizen during a wiretapping operation. Apparently, Flynn did nothing wrong, illegal, or even immoral; he made the wrong assumption that his phone conversation was any problem, or had been ILLEGALLY recorded.

    We are not at war or anything with Russia; we have a tenuous relationship that needs to be groomed and cultivated to keep them on friendlier terms to keep better track on what they’re doing.

    For the record, Obama’s potential advisors held extensive meetings with the Russian to discourage them from making any agreements with W., just to make him look bad, and then there’s Obama’s hot mike conversation telling Putin’s lackey to wait until Obama gets re-elected, so he will be able to give him more concessions. What happened to Obama? Not a damned thing.

    And don’t forget Hillary giving Putin a considerable portion of our nuclear reserves, in exchange for favors, money, etc for her Clinton Foundation. What happened to her? Well, in spite of all the illegal funding and activities, she still lost. Karma’s an ironic bitch, at times.

  • ?? Meine Ehre heißt Treue ??

    “I have been just as furious as you at the compilation of lies which the communist and Semitic elements of our government have leveled against me and practically every other commander. In my opinion it is a deliberate attempt to alienate the soldier vote from the commanders, because the communists know that soldiers are not communistic, and they fear what eleven million votes (of veterans) would do.” — George Patton

  • ?? Meine Ehre heißt Treue ??

    The U.S. State Dept. has been infested with communists since WW1 and Woodrow Wilson, they tried to steal the Russian elections for their comrades in the Russian Communist Party through non-profit n.g.o.s… just like at home in America… But… Vladimir Putin beat them, so they launched a fággot jihad against the Russian Orthodox church over the punk rock band and the Olympics (something Bítch Romney also stupidly piled onto) Miss neo-kabbalah lesbian Madonna, now rumored to be a Muslim convert, was flown in to agitate while Hillary was on a world-wide gay pride tour.

    The Podesta Group was paying Hosni Mubarak about 1.3 million dollars a year, they also rigged the Egyptian election for the Muslim Brotherhood’s now deposed Mohammed Morsi… reactions to the subsequent crack down on non-profit n.g.o.s by both the Egyptian and Russian governments should have been enough to implicate the real election hackers… HINT: they weren’t Russian.

    When the Iron Curtain fell down the Bolshevik Jews all fled to the other side because they knew what Russians would do to them after 100 years of communism… The best thing about Russia getting Crimea back… Catherine the Great took it from the Turks… What happened right after Russia retook Crimea? The FSB searched all the Turks living there… Why? Because NATO sponsors Islamist terrorism when it suits them to.

  • Clarence Wilhelm Spangle ???

    The EUSSR needed Libya’s oil, but Muammar Gadaffi decided he wanted gold instead of worthless fiat currency from the EU… What was the first thing NATO did when Gaddafi was deposed besides stealing all of Libya’s gold? Form a new government? NOPE, they formed a new Libyan national bank. Now, why would they do that? Because even if Muammar was deposed, he and his heirs would still be the sole proprietors! (While Leon Puñettas was so busy with gay pride celebrations at the Pentagon, three Navy Seals and a U.S. ambassador were murdered, all because everyone was being so fúcking gay.)

    Like with the nonsense in Syria, the U.S. State Department armed terrorist rebels to get rid of Gadaffi, the same ones that killed Ambassador Stevens and stole weapons from that secret armory in the basement… It was easy to dispose of the hated Muammar Gaddafi, but Bashar al Assad has friends… Syria and Ukraine are the same scenario as Serbia… NATO, under the direction of Jéws Albright and Clark, bombed Serbia so the IMF Jéws could make loans for rebuilding and get control of Serbian iridium assets… while Saudi non-profit n.g.o.s kept the KLA terrorists well fed and well armed… just like ISIS in Syria.

    Albanian Muslims now operate human slaughterhouses in Kosovo where they rip out the organs of Christians to sell to Turkey and Saudi Arabia… How is Hillary Clinton’s “reset button” working out for America, comrades? Retaining control of US foreign policy is what drives the neo-cons and Hillary’s flying monkeys… along with the millions Goldman Sachs and the Saudis have paid them.

  • ?? Vive le Front National!

    Pardonne mon français… Boko Haram = Homo Barak
    * Anagramme – – mot obtenu par transposition des lettres d’un autre mot!

    Juif Banquiers inondent l’Europe avec les musulmans et l’Amérique avec Tiers Monde Trash.

  • LaTisha Jackson

    Thank got for the Pro Truth Hunters like Mr. Kincaid. Being an American in most cases means, by defalt, – spiritless. That is not that Americans don’t have spirit at all. It is there, but of a petit size, like a dump truck with a heavy load trying to scale a steep hill on a 1 hourse power engine – not enough to uncover the REASON…therefore the Americans always drown in the consequenses. All this media issue is a consequence of a bigger reason: THE INFERIOR are taking on the SUPERIOR. For any Pro Truth Hunter (with a soul of a large – to – extra large size) it is an axiom – that in Pro Truth Hunting you MUST Judge and be judged, and you MUST know that NOT ALL MEN ARE CREATED EQUAL. Some are BORN inferior (as a result of a mishap on a soiled up sofa, or “My Mom thinks I should get married”, or the incest, or any other instance of a lack of love during the love making). The MSM is one of the defense weapons of the inferior, the people from the bubble, a cocoon, a Fantasyland, that MUST BE PROTECTED at all times. Like all the rats they will never learn to fly, but instead chose to operate in a PROTECTED, GUARANTEED environment. They MUST have a fantasyland, as dealing with the truth (reality, facts) is too much for them. Who are the writers at MSM? A collection of perverts that pervert the truth (reality, facts) for the sake of their fantasyland…Realising the difference between the superior and inferior helps to understand the world…