"Poland did not send a brigade to fight in the ill-conceived war in Iraq out of fear of weapons of mass destruction. We didn't send another brigade to Afghanistan in response to the September 11 attacks bc we feared that the Taliban will come to Warsaw and enslave our girls."
"I did not sign the agreement for a U.S. missile defense system site on Polish soil because I feared that Iran might attack us. We don't buy F-16s from Lockheed Martin, airliners from Boeing or missiles from Raytheon bc they are necessarily better than European alternatives."
For those saying CIA Director Haspel should have made a comment response to the summit, it is extremely likely that she coordinated on the DNI's statement. Under the organization of the IC, if any statement was going to be made, it was rightly done under the DNI.
Additionally, the IC is meant to be apolitical. That means there are right and wrong ways for them to speak out. Every time intel officials have said clearly that the IC assesses Russia interfered (which has been often), that is them speaking out.
The IC's job is to lay out their analysis, which they have done more publicly about Russia than any topic I've seen before. Don't take public silence as private silence. For the most part, you'll never see their pushback bc it's happening behind closed doors, but it's happening.
Intelligence Community Assessment, 6 January 2017. Key Judgments:
"Russian efforts to influence the 2016 US presidential election represent the most recent expression of Moscow’s longstanding desire to undermine the US-led liberal democratic order..." (1/)
"... but these activities demonstrated a significant escalation in directness, level of activity, and scope of effort compared to previous operations." (2/)
"We assess Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered an influence campaign in 2016 aimed at the US presidential election. Russia’s goals were to undermine public faith in the US democratic process, denigrate Secretary Clinton, & harm her electability and potential presidency."(3/)
Tomorrow, our president is meeting with the man who "ordered an influence campaign…to undermine public faith in the US democratic process, denigrate Secretary Clinton, and harm her electability and potential presidency.” (IC ICA). Everyone must SCREAM at their electeds tomorrow.
“Russia’s intelligence services conducted cyber operations against targets associated with…the election” like the “primary campaigns, think tanks, and lobbying groups they viewed as likely to shape future US policies.” (IC ICA)
If you are repped by Republicans, CALL. If you are repped by Dems, CALL. Here's the number for the Capitol Switchboard that will connect you to your reps: (202) 224-3121. #icalledmyreps
"The problem... is that the Constitution designed our government to have checks & balances—& they have failed under the Republican Party’s failure to hold President Trump accountable. As a CIA analyst, she would have flagged this." Well said, @nadabakos. rawstory.com/2018/07/cia-an…
This is why I grit my teeth every time ppl says they'll "fight" until Congress flips and/or there's a Dem President. Our institutions weren't made weak yesterday. It took decades of Americans ignoring things as politicians chipped away at things like accountability measures.
People yawn at topics like campaign finance laws, but we essentially have a system now where lobbyists and corporations can buy our elected officials' votes.
Also worth noting that one of the reasons allied military capabilities have been degraded over time is because we used every point of political pressure in our diplomatic "arsenal" to cajole them into conducting expensive combat and/or training ops in Afghanistan for YEARS.
This will cause damage for years to come. We're demonstrating that relations w/ the U.S. can turn on a dime, regardless of decades of partnership. Allies will have little reason to agree to help us when we come asking for it again, even under a new US admin.
Wow. I woke up this morning to find my thread went viral & my inbox was full of messages from ppl. My biggest takeaway from it is that we're all struggling right now. So, I've got a few quick things you can do RIGHT NOW to help survive whatever news dump we'll get today: (1)
1. Read this article by @leeferran that includes tips from me on how to read the news like an intelligence analyst. It gets at my tip from earlier on doing research before panicking and talks about how to actually do that research. Knowledge = POWER. (2/)
2. Schedule the time you're planning to unplug today. Write it down so it is more likely to happen. Will you take a walk? Call a friend to talk about anything but the news? Take a power nap? Bake some cookies? Watch your fave trash TV show? Whatever it is, DO IT. (3/)
Today seems like the right time to do a thread I've been thinking about for a while on how to handle the seemingly never-ending deluge of depressing and disturbing news. My tips are based on my time as a CIA military analyst in which I dealt daily with disturbing content. (1/)
There are several risks to being overloaded with disturbing/negative content.
✔️ Complacency - becoming so used to the deluge that it all starts to seem normal.
✔️ Paralysis - that is, being so overwhelmed, you can't figure out what to do/how to move forward.
✔️ Crisis perspective - you get trapped in the Breaking News cycle where everything seems like a potentially world-ending crisis to you.
✔️ Depression/PTSD - you don't have to be on the frontline of a war have either/both. Disturbing content is absolutely a trigger.
I used to be considered a government expert on border security. Now I'm just another person screaming into the Twitter void. Even so, let me say once again that a wall on our southern border is an antiquated "solution" to a complex problem requiring a modern solution. Here's why:
1. Walls are in no way impenetrable. You can go over, under, and through. We need only look at Hamas's tunneling operations from Gaza to see how easy they are to build and how difficult they are to detect.
2. Crossing the southern border isn't the only illegal route into the U.S, yet that's how our government talks about immigration. Until there is a reformed system that incentivizes legal immigration, people will continue to do it illegally bc that's their only realistic recourse.
I have a contact form on my website and most of the time, the emails I get are pretty ordinary--journalists looking for a comment, people looking for tips on applying for jobs at the CIA, a question about one of my articles, etc. But there have been some notable exceptions, like:
1. The man who offered to create a country exclusively for people w/ disabilities & the people who love people w/ disabilities. I'm not sure whether he's going to find some undiscovered territory or we're going to stage a takeover of an existing country, but color me intrigued!
A follower asked me what we can do to combat the lies/delusions perpetuated by this admin & so eagerly sucked up by supporters. Some Dems have said flipping Congress will solve it & everything Trump. That's wrong & a dangerously simplified explanation of the problem. So...THREAD!
First, we aren't where we are as a country bc of one man who is now president. An entire section of the US is anti-facts & anti-intellectualism. That’s not easy to change. A long road got us to this point & it’s going to take cultural & societal changes to turn things back. (2/)
Political activism has reached an all-time high. But this November and the next presidential election are simply indicators of where we are as a society. They're not the end of the finish line. The work won't be done, no matter the outcome in either election. (3/)
I now have the personal email addresses of world famous historians, artists, an ambassador, musicians, and more. Who should I start spamming first?
UPDATE: Someone made the obvious joke about the email vs. privacy and someone hit "Reply All" to inform us that the joke made them "chortle." So we're at that stage of Reply All Hell.
Two weeks ago, I tweeted about writing the hardest & most important thing I've ever written. Here it is. It might not have been the topic you expected. But this is a national security story & it has flown under the radar for too long. A few things:
I didn’t want to write this article. But then, I didn’t want to be a position of having to always fight for the rights of officers with disabilities at the CIA either. To be clear, the CIA put me in that position of having to speak out, even after I left. (2)
I simply wanted to be able to do my job and have equal access to opportunities, and for others to have the same. And I was damn good at my job. I loved doing it. I believed in what I was doing there & my work made our country a little bit safer. (3)
So let's talk about this recklessly crafted, politically motivated attempt to discredit Mueller aka the Nunes memo. I've updated my @TeenVogue piece from yesterday given the memo's release, which you can read here. #MemoDay
So what is the memo? In short, it's a four-page document full of cherry-picked information leading to claims it can't support. It's a character assassination against Christopher Steele, or at least an attempt--the author of the infamous dossier. #MemoDay apps.washingtonpost.com/g/documents/na…
If every NatSec professional with personal political beliefs was fired, there would literally not be a workforce. Full stop. And if they fired everyone who thought Trump was an idiot, well, I hate to break it to you, but...SAME.
I honestly don't know where all the shock is coming from. This admin has threatened other countries, weakened our alliances, put a target on our backs in so many ways, ignored foreign interference in our democratic processes... so, yeah. NatSec folks have some opinions on that.
The majority of us are also members of a political party. Wait--is this news to ppl? The Hatch Act reins in what fed employee can do in terms of publicly supporting candidates, but we can register for a pol party. Ppl's tweets are making me feel like no one knew this.