Since the news of the Russian hack of the DNC, whether real or not, there has been a lot of talk from Trump about his distrust of the intel agencies….there is even some talk about a possible restructuring of the agencies once he is sworn in…..
Donald Trump plans to do more than just criticize US intelligence agencies—he plans to restructure the Office of the Director of National Intelligence and the Central Intelligence Agency, sources tell the Wall Street Journal. “The view from the Trump team is the intelligence world has become completely politicized,” says one source close to the Trump team. “They all need to be slimmed down.” Trump, who has slammed the assessment by US intelligence agencies that Russia is to blame for hacks targeting the US presidential election, would, for example, decrease staff at CIA headquarters in Virginia in favor of putting more agents in posts around the globe, sources say.
As for the ODNI, which was created in 2004 to increase cooperation between intelligence agencies post-9/11, Trump wants to limit its power because he believes it actually interferes with the 16 US intelligence agencies, sources tell CNN. Rep. Adam Schiff, the top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, quickly hit back at the reports: Shrinking the ODNI would “diminish its effectiveness and reverse many of the important gains we had made since 9/11,” he said in a statement Wednesday night. “Moreover, to propose changing the CIA’s operational structure because of loose allegations of politicization—claims based on nothing more than the agency’s willingness to contradict the President-elect’s preferred version of events—would be a mistake of the highest order.”
The Trump team is looking at a revamp of some sort of our intel agencies……for more info……
Donald Trump and his transition team are working on a plan to revamp and reduce the size of the Office of the Director of National Intelligence and the CIA because the President-elect believes that the U.S. intelligence community is biased against him and has tried to undermine his election, the Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday evening.
Trump’s national security adviser, Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, and his nominee to lead the CIA, Rep. Mike Pompeo (R-KS) also believe that the DNI and CIA are biased, and the two are helping devise the plan to restructure the agencies, according to the Journal.
I know there are some that do not trust anything the CIA and its cohorts say…..but personally I do not think that a restructuring will do much to improve their reliability…..and I am not alone……
George Little, a former CIA and Department of Defense spokesman, said early Wednesday that he thinks the U.S. will be “less safe” under President-elect Donald Trump once he is sworn into office.
Little tweeted his thoughts shortly after Trump sided with WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, who said Russia was not the source of stolen information from Democratic Party organizations. U.S. intelligence agencies have blamed the hacks on the Kremlin.
However I will agree that the US depends too much on SIGNIT and not enough on the best sources of intel….HUMINT.
The agency could probably use a good shake up……If Trump puts more agents in the field then I may approve of his “New and improved” CIA…..but that is to be seen.