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Gulliver Tied Down by Lilliputians

September 2nd, 2013 - 7:18 am

One in five applicants for jobs at the Central Intelligence Agency have ties to Muslim terrorist organizations, according to the latest round of Snowden leaks. And Israel is a major target of American counterintelligence. Washington is insane.

Three years ago, the Washington Post sketched the elephantiasis in the U.S. intelligence establishment without, of course, access to the detailed numbers leaked by Edward Snowden last week. It doesn’t matter how much money you spend if you can’t hire people you can trust. If you spend $52 billion in the “black budget,” you create so many conflicting bureaucratic interest groups as to cancel out any possible signal with a wave of noise.

As I pointed out in a 2010 post at First Things, reproduced after the page break, at last count there were fewer than 2,500 Americans studying Arabic at advanced university courses (not counting, of course, the internal training of the U.S. military). Fewer than 250 were studying Farsi. The total pool of truly competent Arab speakers coming out of American universities per year probably is in the low hundreds. How many of these can U.S. intelligence agencies recruit? If we can’t recruit translators among Americans whose background is verifiable, we rely on first- and second-generation immigrants from Arab countries whose background is not verifiable. We should assume that our intelligence services are riddled with hostiles. We are Gulliver tied down by Lilliputians.

Israel, by contrast, has a surfeit of Arabic translators — the language is taught in every Israeli high school, and is easy for Hebrew-speakers to master. Israeli friends of mine who were trained as Arabic translators for intelligence work were sent to guard duty in the Negev because the military had too many skilled linguists.

The U.S. has relied extensively on friendly Arab intelligence services, above all the Egyptians, to fill the gap — except that the Obama administration did its best to bring down the Egyptian military in 2011 and install the Muslim Brotherhood. The Israelis have plenty to tell, but little that Washington wants to hear: Israel never fell victim to the mass delusion about the so-called Arab Spring, and has warned throughout (along with Saudi Arabia) that Iran’s nuclear ambitions must be crushed. Israel therefore is treated as an intelligence target rather than as a collaborator, while the Arab intelligence services who most might help us — Egyptian and Saudi — must regard us with skepticism in the best of cases and hostility in the worst.

America is flying blind into a hurricane. Americans who write about the Middle East now depend on what other countries choose to leak to us. Washington isn’t in the loop any longer.

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More accurately Islam is at war with us and we are in denial. If we weren't in denial Hussein would never have been elected POTUS. Good grief, it wasn't enough that he was the narcissistic son of 2 commies. He was not the son of 2 citizen parents and thus not a a natural born citizen as that term was understood when the Constitution was drafted. When you add in the failure to check Muslim immigration after 9/11 and President Bush's religion of peace nonsense you have a prescription for disaster.
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To interfere on behalf of EITHER side while our ENEMIES are killing each OTHER would seem to me to be an act of INSANITY.
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The White House WIMP Barry Soetero HUSSEIN Kardashian has bought himself some time to try and ponder a way out of a crisis of HIS own MAKING.

But ponder this you Left Wing moonbats, Hawks and misguided RINO's who want to bomb and kill Syrians and who think this is morally justified or a GOOD thing. The USURPER insists that he can , if Congress declines to act, STILL go ahead with an attack on Syria. So HE and anyone who supports him will be taking action on Assad for "MAYBE" using Poison Gas on his own people and killing hundreds of them. But the USA's actions will NOT be sanctioned by the UN or Congress or have a group of supporting ALLIES.

Then contrast that with George Bush's who was VILIFIED by the Left for his attack on Iraq and Saddam. Saddam HUSSEIN ( with NO DOUBTS WHATSOEVER) who killed HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS of Iraqis, Iranians and Kurds with POISON GAS ( WMD's) and invaded and constantly threatened his neighbours , Oh! and he was trying to get Nuclear Weapons too. Bush had Congressional APPROVAL, UN APPROVAL and a coalition of OVER 40 Countries too. But STILL the LEFT vilified him even the Congressmen and Senators who voted FOR the War.

Just how illogical , twisted and deluded you have to be and how convoluted a thought process you must hold to have OPPOSED and vilified Bush and now to SUPPORT the USURPER is BEYOND RATIONAL BELIEF.
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"If you spend $52 billion in the β€œblack budget,” you create so many conflicting bureaucratic interest groups as to cancel out any possible signal with a wave of noise." The corollary is that when NSA and CIA get this bloated there's bound to be more than a few Qatari, Saudi, Russian, ChiCom spies and Obama-planted criminals who use the resources of these agencies against America.

If Snowden could access all of that from his BAH desk imagine what Obama's planted minions at Bluffdale or Ft. Meade can do trying to obtain kompromat on Barry Soetoro's domestic 'enemies'. We already have one case that Prof. John Schindler, the Naval Twitter War College's leading NSA apologist, won't touch with a ten foot pole involving SOMEONE at NSA Bluffdale trying to intimidate the anti-Obama journalists James Rosen and Doug Hagmann by tapping their phone call on 5/30/13:

http://canadafreepress.com/index.php/article/55649
SWORN AFFIDAVIT in Pennsylvania asserting that NSA tapped domestic U.S. phone call between two investigative journalists

Of course Schindler will insist it's just an isolated incident when it finally comes out, but Hagmann and Rosen are just the tip of the iceberg.
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"Washington is insane."

The most concise and accurate statement ever made by Spengler, and that's a mouthful.

Washington is insane. Led by a Marxist, with the cudgel wielded by a war coward who didn't last 3 months in the Viet Nam theater, but lived to lie about it. Washington is insane, with an "opposition" led by McCain and Graham and Boehner.

We are lost, but at least we are led by an openly insane government. God help us all, cuz we got nowhere to go but down, from bad to worse. Where we'll end up who knows. A month long "debate" about whether to drop a few symbolic bombs to protest a Moslem gassing, and meanwhile the Persians are loading up with nukes on Israel. Insane.
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More accurately, Gulliver tied down by Gulliver.
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I resent the analogy. - David Gulliver
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DLI in Montery is still up and running, is it not?
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These are not new problems, the US faced similar issues 80 years ago with Japan. The difference is, the POS POTUS we have to deal with today. If instead of FDR in the White House in the 1930's, we had had Yasuhito, Prince Chichibu, Hirohito's brother, running the government, the situation would have resembled the current mess. Suffice it to say, WW II in the Pacific would have had a far less benign outcome for the United States.
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First of all, it is NOT a matter of Washington not being in the loop. ALL being taken into consideration, it's a wilfully blind individual who thinks our problem is a matter of misguided foreign policy. And now we have Boehner agreeing with and supporting President Obamas choice of actions. PLEASE, does anyone get the picture yet on what here in this country we are up against?
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There's a difference between the number of applicants w/t terrorist ties who *apply* for intelligence jobs, and the number of applicants *hired*.

They wouldn't be much of an adversary if they weren't smart enough to try to penetrate their enemies' systems, now would they?
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Thankfully only about two-thirds of them wind up getting the job.
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The skills sought in a truly competent interpreter include being bi-lingual in the two languages and being bi-cultural. Under most circumstances this combination of skills is learned at mother's knee, not taught in college. So, the "mother tongue" is learned at home and English is picked-up in grade/high school. The mother tongue may be polished at university. Ergo, the person sought to fill this niche will be a first or second generation immigrant. Most first generation immigrants will not be able to qualify for a top secret security clearance so they will not be employable by the intelligence community. Being sent to visit relatives or go to school for while in the "old" country would help both with getting current in the language and in acculturation. But, good luck with convincing the CIA/DIA/NSA that you are a good and loyal American.

The alternative, used by all of the intelligence agencies, is to send 20 somethings to "language" school for a year to two to "learn" the required language. Then the new agent spends six to ten years in that part of his/her agency. However, the siren call of promotion will, eventually, cause him/her to move on and the language skills will slowly disappear.
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Unfortunately not all of them are loyal to the U.S. Constitution like whistleblower Sibil Edmonds. A lot of them are on the Saudi, Qatari or Turkish payroll. And why not? So is DCI and rumored Muslim convert John Brennan.
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This is a black ops move. Elect a plant as the last POTUS. Destroy the dollar. Cause a civil war in the US. Finally invade & dominate. When the whole thing is done get rid of Muslims after they have been used as usual.
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You forgot, "cause suspicion of the US intelligence operation so that it is destoryed and the country is laid bare to its enemies".

OK, I'll bite. By whom?
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