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Vice Chair, America First Policy Institute Center for American Security. Former NSC Chief of Staff, CIA analyst, and House Intelligence Committee staff member.
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Feb 22, 2022 4 tweets 2 min read
1/ On @foxnews Special Report tonight, @HaroldFordJr tried to dismiss @bdomenech's criticism of Biden threatening sanctions against the Russian troop buildup by claiming he said sanctions could never work and implied I said this earlier in the program.

Not correct. 2/ I believe, as I think @bdomenech does, that a strong policy of deterrence throughout the Biden admin might have prevented the current Ukraine crisis. This policy would have included sanctions -- & retaining Trump’s sanctions on the Nord Stream 2 pipeline.
Mar 19, 2021 7 tweets 2 min read
1/ Let's think about the incredible incompetence by the Biden admin which led to that train wreck of a press conference that @SecBlinken and @JakeSullivan46 held with their Chinese counterparts in Alaska yesterday. Blinken thought it was a good idea to open their meeting ... 2/ slamming China before the press, probably thinking this would help counter Republican criticism Biden is weak on China. Of course the US needs to raise the issues Blinken mentioned, but raising them at a joint press conference insulted the Chinese and caused them...
Jan 19, 2021 8 tweets 2 min read
1/ Lots of misleading & false statements about Iran nuclear program by @ABlinken at his confirmation hearing so far. 1- he said the deal was "succeeding on its own terms" even though Israel revealed the Iran nuclear archive docs in 2018 that exposed massive cheating on the JCPOA 2/ Blinken repeated the Obama admin claim that the JCPOA has "the most intrusive inspections in history." False. The deal has weak inspections only of declared nuclear sites. And Iran also has not cooperated with IAEA inspections.
Nov 24, 2020 6 tweets 2 min read
1/ Mark, you could not be more wrong. Biden plans to re-fill the Washington swamp and go back to Obama's surrendering US sovereignty to the UN and Europe. As the WSJ said in an editorial today, "To borrow a phrase from the Obama era, they favor leading from behind." 2/ I am especially concerned that Biden chose 2nd stringers like Blinken and Sullivan for top national security jobs who seemed to be determined to rejoin the deeply flawed Iran nuke deal, the JCPOA. We now know from the Iran nuclear documents that Israeli intelligence ...
Nov 23, 2020 15 tweets 3 min read
1/ My new @NRO article "Stubborn facts facing Biden on Iran." Major points:
1. The Biden team claims Biden would rejoin the nuclear deal (the JCPOA) when Iran comes into compliance and that they would then move to extend and fix the deal. Won't happen.… 2/ Iran has already said it will not reopen negotiations with Biden admin. There also will be extreme pressure on Biden to quickly rejoin the JCPOA by the American Left and Europe. Dems see this as restoring Obama's legacy and payback against @realDonaldTrump.
Sep 4, 2020 7 tweets 3 min read
1/ How we know @JeffreyGoldberg's @TheAtlantic article on @realDonaldTrump comments about US troops during his November 2018 trip to France is absolutely false: it is NOT in former National Security Adviser John Bolton's book & Bolton was there.… 2/ It is very suspicious that Goldberg would publish such an article 60 days befoe the election about something that allegedly occurred 2 years ago using anonymous sources. But if @realDonaldTrump actually said the disparaging things about US troops that Goldberg claims . . .
Aug 31, 2020 6 tweets 3 min read
1/ Critical article by investigative reporter @jsolomonReports on how the @DNI_Ratcliffe may finally reveal how @JohnBrennan and other intel officials politicized a 2017 Intelligence Community Assessment to undermine the @realDonaldTrump presidency.… 2/ I am grateful to @jsolomonReports for writing this important article and for including these paragraphs whcih quoted me:

"In other words, an assessment that was portrayed as unanimous when it was made public in early January 2017 was anything but at the analyst level,...
Aug 30, 2020 5 tweets 4 min read
@StevenLHall1 @MZHemingway 1/ Let me explain this to you, Steve. I worked for CIA and the House Intel Committee staff. The ODNI will follow the law in keeping the oversight committees "fully and currently informed" with written briefings to most committee members on election security. There's no ... @StevenLHall1 @MZHemingway 2/ . . . legal requirement for in-person briefings, however, in-person briefings WILL CONTINUE for the "Gang of Eight" -- the top House and senate leaders and the leaders of the intel committees. In-person briefings are being mostly curtailed because leaks by Dem members . . .
Aug 18, 2020 5 tweets 2 min read
1/ @NatashaBertrand & @KenDilanianNBC: I found this paragraph in the new SSCI report on Russian meddling in the 2016 election to be quite interesting. The committee found on a bipartisan basis that Russia was meddling "to tarnish an expected Clinton presidential administration... Image 2/ I have another interpretation of this that I'll discuss later. But this paragraph is important because it destroys the dubious finding in the a 2017 Intelligence Community Assessment that Russia meddled in the election TO HELP TRUMP WIN.
May 24, 2020 4 tweets 4 min read
@GeorgeCroner 2. I note that you again ignored the strange circumstances raised by @AndrewCMcCarthy of the "never masked" FBI info on the 12/29/16 @GenFlynn -Kislyak call. Why was Flynn's name not masked? Why wasn't there a warrant? You don't want to talk about that . . . @GeorgeCroner @AndrewCMcCarthy @GenFlynn 3. . . . because you know there's no good answer. On numbers of recent unmaskings, you are again trying to confuse the issue. You know there are legit reasons to unmask. You are trying to distract from the indefensible 100s of Obama admin requests to unmask Trump . . .
May 24, 2020 15 tweets 27 min read
@GeorgeCroner .1. Another series of gibberish tweets by former NSA counsel George Croner on the Obama admin's weaponization of intelligence against @realDonaldTrump's campaign and transition staff. This time he let loose on @AndrewCMcCarthy for his excellent @NRO on this issue. @GeorgeCroner @realDonaldTrump @AndrewCMcCarthy @NRO .2 McCarthy's article is very significant because he tries to explain why @GenFlynn's name apparently was contained in an FBI report of surveillance of Russian Ambassador Kislyak and was not masked. McCarthy raises a point I made on @IngrahamAngle's show last week that . . .
May 19, 2020 13 tweets 16 min read
@AshaRangappa_ @john_sipher @adamgoldmanNYT @GeorgeCroner 1. Just a few responses to this since @AshaRangappa_ and her Trump-hating pals seem determined to confuse the issue on the Obama admin's misuse of US intel to target Trump aides and other political enemies. @AshaRangappa_ @john_sipher @adamgoldmanNYT @GeorgeCroner 2. First of all, Asha's claims in this tweet are false. I never said I "obtained FISAs."While I could not have requested targeted collection under 702 when I was CIA analyst since the FISA Amendments Act passed in 2008 after I had left CIA. My NSA requirements were under 12333.
May 16, 2020 11 tweets 3 min read
1. My new @foxnews op-ed. Major points: despite false claims by former Obama officials, unmasking names of US citizens from intel reports is NOT routine. Sen. Chris Dodd said in 2005 that unmasking requests were “rarely requested” and made “infrequently” 2. The @nytimes said the same thing about unmaskings in a 2005 article: "Access to the names may be authorized by the N.S.A. only in response to special requests, and these are not common, particularly from policy makers.”
Apr 19, 2020 5 tweets 4 min read
Former Deputy Assistant to @realDonaldTrump Fred Fleitz offered to discuss @djrothkopf's criticism of acting DNI @RichardGrenell on his podcast. No answer yet. Will he agree to a respectful discussion with someone with a different point of view? @securefreedom @DonaldJTrumpJr 1/ So how did @djrothkopf respond to my offer to have a respectful discussion of acting DNI @RichardGrenell? He firs posted a tirade saying I wouldn't want to go on his podcast because I "would be obliterated by experts who understand these matters better than you . . . "
Apr 13, 2020 7 tweets 3 min read
1/ Must-watch video. In a February 29 interview with NBC's Today show, Dr Fauchi said Americans did not have to change their lives by avoiding public gatherings like malls and movie theaters. He thought the virus would be contained in the US.… 2/ So like @realDonaldTrump, who is not a doctor or an infectious disease expert, Fauchi in late Feb did not foresee how serious the coronavirus crisis would become in the US. Leaders in most Western states -- maybe all of them -- also did not predict this.
Apr 1, 2020 8 tweets 4 min read
.1/ @IgnatiusPost is right that we need a serious post-coronavirus investigation. But it would be a mistake for @realDonaldTrump and congressional Republicans to agree to a 9/11-like commission. It's worrisome that fanatic Trump nemisis @RepAdamSchiff is pushing this idea. 2/ In a perfect world, a bipartisan blue ribbon panel to investigate how the US gov responded to the virus threat might make sense. But given the extreme partisanship in Washington and the Dems obsession with defeating @realDonaldTrump, it's naive . . .
Mar 29, 2020 6 tweets 4 min read
1/ The @washingtonpost stepped up its #FakeNews today on @realDonaldTrump's leadership on the cononavirus crisis. It ran a 3-page fawning feature of @SpeakerPelosi with a 2/3 page photo to distract from how she delayed the latest virus relief bill to fill it with pork . . . .2/ . . . like funds for the Kennedy Center. The @washingtonpost also ran an editorial calling for @realDonaldTrump to stop leading the virus response. The Post obviously is nervous that a majority of the American people support Trump's handling of this crisis.
Feb 24, 2020 8 tweets 12 min read
1/ After the recent leak of a classified briefing by @HouseIntelComm Dems that Russia wants to help @realDonaldTrump win the 2020 election and also favors @SenSanders, I decided to repost this article below on a call for Schiff to resign for leaking.… @HouseIntelComm @realDonaldTrump @SenSanders 2/ I doubt the briefing in question has any evidence to support the proposition that the Russians want @realDonaldTrump to win. But the issue here is that this was a sensitive classified assessment -- even if it was wrong -- that Democrats leaked for political advantage.
Dec 11, 2019 8 tweets 10 min read
1/ It seems @AEI, which used to be a leading force for conservative values in Washington, has surrendered to the mainstream media and Trump haters. It is hiring rabid NeverTrumper @KoriSchake. Enormously embarrassing for an org where Jeane Kirkpatrick was long a senior fellow. @AEI @KoriSchake 2/ There's no daylight between @KoriSchake & NeverTrumpers like @MaxBoot & @EliotACohen.They hate @realDonaldTrump because they are part of the foreign policy establishment. Nothing he does is right in their view. They are globalists who want the US subordinate to the UN & Europe
Nov 14, 2019 11 tweets 11 min read
1/ So Adam Schiff, the Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, claimed yesterday he does not know the name of the CIA whistleblower who initiated the current Dem impeachment effort, & will file an ethics complaint against any GOP member who names him. What's going on here? /2 I write this as a former @HouseIntelComm staff member who served on this committee with Schiff. I also was a CIA analyst for almost 20 yrs. My first thought is that we know from the @nytimes that Schiff had prior knowledge of the WB complaint.…
Nov 6, 2019 5 tweets 7 min read
@MarkSZaidEsq .1 The problem, Mark and the Obama crowd with @natsecaction , are the huge questions about the CIA WB and how @RepAdamSchiff collaborated with him to launch this latest impeachment ploy against @realDonaldTrump . The WB broke the rules by going to @HouseIntelComm Dem staff. . . @MarkSZaidEsq @natsecaction @RepAdamSchiff @realDonaldTrump @HouseIntelComm 2/ . . . but not the GOP staff or anyone with the Senate Intel committee. Schiff knew about the WB's complaint for over a month and used the content of the complaint to set up an impeachment complaint. Schiff also lied his prior knowledged of the WB on CNN on 9/16.