Can We Believe Our Spy Agencies Anymore
What and who can we believe anymore? Not that it hasn’t come close in the past, but it appears today that every entity, every department and agency in Washington D.C.has suffered a critical meltdown of principle – of truth, justice and the American way.
The truth doesn’t matter anymore to the political ruling class – nor does doing the right thing because it’s good for America. We hear all the time about many things – that “it’s” worse than it’s ever been – “I’ve never seen it this bad.” And any reasonable person would react with the factual statement that people from every generation think this, whatever “this” happens to be. It could the heat, or the cold, or draught, or snow, race relations, poor economy – and yes, the division in Washingtonand the citizens of this nation.
In D.C. there has always been division, disagreement and outright animosity between parties and individual members. But through all the cheating, lying, infighting and back-stabbing, there were still government agencies the people thought they could count on to not be corrupted the way the political class has been – to do right by America.
I’m speaking of the agencies, such as the FBI, CIA, NSA, etc. We have been told that despite everything else melting down in Washington, we could depend on these agencies, to maintain a certain amount of independence and to at least keep us safe – that they are beyond reproach. But frankly, I don’t know anymore.
With all that has transpired over this past year, can anyone honestly say that they implicitly trust the FBI and it’s embattled, flip-flopping director, James Comey? We assume that every transgression suffered by the FBI has been the fault of Comey and Comey alone. But can we honestly know this for sure? I know I can’t.
I don’t wish to sound like some whacky conspiracy theorist, but frankly, I don’t know what to believe.
If Comey announced tomorrow, that the FBI may reopen the case against Hillary, for whatever reason – would you trust him, that he was on-the-level? Maybe this time last year, but certainly not today. Or if Comey was replaced, would you trust the next man or woman up? Probably not.
And that’s the issue. We blame him for all the wrongs of the agency, without really knowing if the “corruption” has trickled down through the ranks, and if so, just how far.
The latest news comes to us from the CIA, who, as reported by the Washington Post, “has concluded in a secret assessment that Russia intervened in the 2016 election to help Donald Trump win the presidency, rather than just to undermine confidence in the U.S. electoral system, according to officials briefed on the matter.”
Right off the bat, I find this suspicious, as spies, like scientists, rarely deal in absolutes.
Yet we predictably see, from this “secret assessment,” that political battle lines have been drawn. The “we hate Trump” people on one side, and the “we love Trump” folks on the other. Count me as in the middle, with a wait and see stance.
“It is the assessment of the intelligence community that Russia’s goal here was to favor one candidate over the other, to help Trump get elected,” said a senior U.S.official briefed on an intelligence presentation made to U.S. senators. “That’s the consensus view.”
The hate Trump people immediately claim this to be fact, and the Trump-lovers cry foul.
So the questions are: Do we believe the report? Do we believe the “senior official” quoted it accurately? Assuming the report is as the Post describes it, and that’s a big if – can we even believe the CIA is acting in the nation’s interest and not their own or one the parties?
These are a whole lot of questions and no answers. I wish I had some answers, but unlike years gone by, I think trust in Washington has eroded to the point where we are in uncharted territory and it really may be worse than it has ever been.