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    Spooks Turned Spox: US Media Now Filled With Former Intelligence Agents

    Spooks Turned Spox: US Media Now Filled With Former Intelligence Agents

    After years in the shadows overseeing espionage, kill programs, warrantless wiretapping, entrapment, psyops and other covert operations, national security establishment retirees are are turning to a new line of work where they can carry out their imperial duties.

    That is, propagandizing the public on cable news. Reborn as cable news pundits, these people are cashing in. So many years working in the dark, only to emerge in the studio lights of the same networks that rail all day everyday against state TV from countries that America hates.

    I'm talking about people like...

    Below is but a partial list of prominent former spooks turned mainstream media pundits and analysts, to say nothing of the even greater numbers of retired generals the network continuously rely on.

    Former CIA Director John Brennan who is now an NBC News senior national security and intelligence analyst.

    Fran Townsend, former homeland security advisor to George W. Bush. She's now a CBS News senior national security analyst

    But CNN takes the cake — it's the biggest spook show of all.

    Jim Clapper, former Director of National Intelligence, now a CNN national security analyst.

    Retired General Michael Hayden, former director of the CIA and the NSA, now a CNN national security analyst.

    Asha Rangappa, former FBI special agent, now CNN legal analyst.

    James Gagliano, a retired FBI supervisory special agent, now a CNN law enforcement analyst.

    Tony Bliken, former deputy secretary of state and former deputy national security advisor, and now CNN global affairs analyst.

    Mike Rogers, former chair of the House Intelligence Committee, now CNN national security commentator.

    Samantha Vinograd senior advisor to the national security advisor under President Obama, now CNN national security analyst.

    Steven Hall, retired CIA chief of Russia operations, now a CNN national security analyst.

    Philip Mudd, former CIA counter-terrorism official, now CNN counter-terrorism analyst.

    ...Welcome to the spook show!
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    And they can all thank President Trump for allowing themselves to have those positions.
    "Perhaps one of the most important accomplishments of my administration is minding my own business."

    Calvin Coolidge

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    Could this be in part for 'self-defense' considering recent headlines about threats to and deaths of journalists/media personalities?

    Harvey Weinstein paid ex-spies and private detectives to find dirt on accusers and journalists
    The once powerful producer Weinstein paid private security agencies to ... officers of Mossad and other Israeli intelligence agencies, Farrow reported. ... officer of American Media Inc., which publishes the National Enquirer.

    Enquirer bureau chief who spoke about its “catch-and-kill” practices dies suddenly
    August 20, 2019
    A former LA bureau chief of the National Enquirer who spoke openly about the supermarket tabloid’s “catch-and-kill” practices died suddenly on a street in Palm Springs, Calif., in the early hours of Aug. 13.
    Jerry George, 63, was found dead around 2 a.m. only a few blocks from home.
    “The police told me that he hit his head,” said John Toia, George’s husband of 11 years.
    Toia said the coroner had not yet established a definitive cause of death, but George’s wallet and cellphone were still with him when he was discovered by police, who responded to a 911 call about a man down on a street.
    “They knocked on my door around 4 a.m. and said Jerry was dead,” said Toia.

    Anthony Bourdain‏ Verified account @Bourdain
    There’s a nauseating symmetry: both Trump and Weinstein used AMI(Enquirer) and Black Cube (Israeli private Intel) to do their dirty work
    4:38 PM - 6 May 2018

    Anthony Bourdain's death: No narcotics in his system at time of death, official says
    USA TODAY Published June 22, 2018
    CNN reported on June 8 that Bourdain's friend chef Eric Ripert found him unresponsive in his hotel room in Kaysersberg, located in the eastern region of Alsace, close to the German border. Bourdain, 61, was there shooting footage for his CNN show "Parts Unknown."

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    ... aaaaaaannndd the ministry of truth is in place.

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    Quote Originally Posted by enhanced_deficit View Post
    Could this be in part for 'self-defense' considering recent headlines about threats to and deaths of journalists/media personalities?
    Quote Originally Posted by timosman View Post
    This is getting silly.
    Quote Originally Posted by Swordsmyth View Post
    It started silly.
    T.S. Elliot's The Hollow Men

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    Like Anderson Cooper, some of them become actual anchors, not just “expert” guests.

    Here’s an example:

    Gillian Turner joined the staff of the White House National Security Council (NSC) in Washington, D.C., where Turner worked for 4-years in 2 Presidential Administrations.

    Amid the George Bush organization, Gillian Turner worked as a Research Assistant in the Office of the National Security Adviser, where she had the view of being one of the youngest winners of the National Security Council Outstanding Service Award.

    Turner was later chosen for a research place in the National Security Adviser's office. At that point, she researched and wrote papers on different territorial and topical issues important to the President and his national security staff.

    Gillian Turner turned into a part of White House National Security of Barack Obama in 2006 and proceeded on the NSC staff through the move of Administrations. She worked there as the Acting Director of Legislative Affairs, a part that she acknowledged and kept up for just about two years.
    Turner completed a program of study overseas and came back to the US and acknowledged a position with Jones Group International. The Company provides political consulting, advisory, and lobbying services.
    The President of the firm James Jones previously served as National Security Adviser to President Obama and previous Supreme Allied Commander of NATO. Her essential obligation is to give the ability to national security, international affairs, and energy policy issues to our association's customers.
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    Something tells me that if Hillary was president we wouldn't be seeing them in the spotlight.
    "Perhaps one of the most important accomplishments of my administration is minding my own business."

    Calvin Coolidge

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    Proverbs 29:18
    "Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he."

    Hosea 4:6
    "My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children."

    "No one is useless in this world who lightens the burdens of another.” ~ Charles Dickens

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