Why Do Our Intelligence Agencies Keep Lying to Us?

August 8, 2020 Updated: August 12, 2020

Commentary

After listening to three years of lies about Russiagate from the Department of Justice and the FBI, not to mention the State Department and various of our 17 (count ’em) intelligence agencies, it’s hard to believe any arm of our government anymore.

Trust, but verify, Reagan told us. But how do we even do that?

Check the media? (I know—don’t make me laugh.)

So, on the usual-slip-it-under the rug Friday (on Aug. 7), we have news from the National Counterintelligence and Security Center, via its director William Evanina, of foreign meddling in the coming presidential election:

“The US intelligence community’s top election security official said in a statement Friday that China ‘prefers’ an outcome where President Donald Trump is not reelected in November and Russia is working to ‘denigrate’ former Vice President Joe Biden’s White House bid.”

The Chinese find Trump “unpredictable” and the Russians see Biden as the greater threat because of Ukraine, says our intelligence community.

Or, as the increasingly lurid Drudge put it: “Russia Wants Trump: China Wants Biden.”

What “genius” at the CIA (or 16 others) came up with that simple-minded drivel?

First of all, there has been nothing really “unpredictable” about Trump’s dealings with China. He has been consistently far tougher on them than any previous administration from the beginning, first on trade, where he made some inroads, and then, tougher still, after the pandemic emanating from Wuhan.

It was the Democrats who accused him of xenophobia. Hello!

Regarding Russia, it’s Trump who built up our military, resuscitated NATO, instituted a raft of sanctions, and, most of all, made America into the leading energy producer in the world. This last is damaging to Russia like nothing else because the fragile former superpower is so dependent on oil exports for its economic survival.

Obama and his loyal acolyte Biden did none of this. In fact, they went in the opposite direction, usually behaving like pussycats with the bear. (Remember Obama whispering to Medvedev that he would have “more flexibility” after the election? Remember the red line in Syria? Where was Biden, the timorous man who didn’t want to risk going for Bin Laden?)

Furthermore, the former vice president has been tacking further and further left, adopting almost all the proposals of his former adversary, Bernie “This Land Is Your Land” Sanders, and going so far that one of the finalists for his running mate was, until last week, an overt admirer of Fidel Castro.

No way are these things lost on Vladimir Putin or, for that matter, Xi Jinping.

It defies common sense that either the Chinese or the Russians would remotely prefer Trump for president over the increasingly painful-to-watch, listless Biden. Vladimir Putin may be a lot of things, but he’s not senile.

What’s going on here? Where did this government report come from? Cui bono? Who’s behind it? Was it the deep state again?

Yes, I know Evanina was a Trump pick, but he wouldn’t be the first to wander off the reservation—or perhaps more likely, be forced off once he was surrounded by the bureaucracy, the same crowd, still very much intact, that gave us Russiagate.

This all goes back to one of the big lies of the Mueller report, when it was stated the Russians preferred Trump to Clinton. Why then was the Steele dossier written, with Russian help apparently, blatantly smearing Trump? It makes even less sense.

You don’t have to read Ion Pacepa’s brilliant disquisition on the KGB “Disinformation”—although you should—to know the obvious. More than anything, the Russians want to stir things up, get us at each other’s throat via disinformation.

Lately, they’ve been doing a helluva job. Evanina, and whoever helped in this report, are contributing.

I know I’m hoping against hope, but I still wish John Durham and William Barr will find it in themselves to go for the throat and blow this whole rancid system up. Very little of it, if anything, is worth preserving.

Roger L. Simon is a prize-winning novelist, Oscar-nominated screenwriter, and co-founder of PJ Media. The KGB tried to recruit him in Yalta USSR in the late 1980s. He was terrified. You can read about it here.

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