National Security

Trump’s Muslim Ban Makes the CIA’s Job Harder

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

Intelligence officials who spoke to Buzzfeed News say Trump's stupid Muslim ban will almost certainly make their jobs harder for all the reasons you might imagine.

The ban, which includes Iraq, Syria, Somalia and Yemen where the US still runs covert counter-terror operations, has suddenly made fragile a range of nascent counter-terror agreements with those respective governments.

“I haven’t had those conversations yet, but I expect they’re coming,” one US intelligence official said.

The concerns extend well beyond policy — several former case officers said the new order could hinder agents’ ability to work on the ground and deter potential sources from cooperating with the US.

It strikes me that everything the Trump regime has done up to this point is exactly what you would do if you wanted to provoke more attacks.

We know the White House is now staffed by bigots who believe we must eliminate Islam to secure global white supremacy, so it wouldn't come as a big surprise to learn that provoking more attacks is their goal.

On this matter, the Trump regime and ISIS have something in common. They both want our current conflicts to be cast as a clash of civilizations.

  • fry1laurie

    It’s all in the plan. Provoke another attack, get even more surveillance and anti-protest laws passed, crack down on dissent (makes the GOP base get hard watching police cracking heads), and Voila! Permanent GOP majority. Of course, that’s what they said (and did) after 9/11 as well.

  • Toolymegapoopoo

    And what about the spies? I’m not completely corrupted by Hollywood, but it is quite plausible that the CIA employs Iranian, Syrian, etc citizens that they need to be able travel freely from there to here for a variety of reasons. Now they can’t. Sure, the CIA can force an exception to get them here but that exposes them. I miss people who can think beyond the next fucking 12 hours occupying the White House.

    • muselet

      Twelve hours? I think you’re being too generous.

      –alopecia

  • Aynwrong

    It should never be forgotten that this is what Ryan, McConnell and the rest of the GOP were perfectly willing to enable and risk in order to achieve power. War and the lives of American soldiers & citizens. In any number of possible scenarios.

    This is not patriotism. It’s treason by way cowardice and indifference.

  • Add to this the fact that Herr Hair is contradicting himself both on the phone and in public about what he has agreed to in private with foreign leaders and the result is that no one will trust the US in any capacity. So now they can’t trust us to protect them (ie, those interpreters who are not being allowed in), they can’t trust us to keep secrets (ie, that failed mission in Yemen and a million other things that Drumpf has shared with Putin), they can’t trust that we will follow through on agreements made by not only the previous administration but this one as well. As many foreign service experts have said, we were one of the few reliable and stable actors on the world stage: we are the glue that keeps Europe safe from Russian and Chinese interests. Drumpf is like replacing superglue with kindergarten paste. Would you trust it with your life and the lives of your citizens?

  • muselet

    Issuing an executive order without consulting with the affected departments and agencies is insane, counterproductive and bloody dangerous. “Going with one’s gut” and signing every damn’ piece of paper a political strategist puts on the desk are also insane, counterproductive and bloody dangerous. Making it harder for the intelligence community to develop sources is insane, counterproductive and bloody dangerous.

    This, children, is why the correct sequence isn’t “ready … fire … aim!”

    Assuming this was just an administration screw-up.

    It’s at least as likely that Bannon and Michael Flynn want to provoke—hell, invite—terrorist attacks so they can have the war of civilizations they so badly want, a prospect that should scare the poo out of everyone, even Trump voters and congressional Rs (should, but won’t).

    I do wish the loons populating this administration understood they’re nowhere near as clever as they think they are.

    –alopecia

    • Christopher Foxx

      This, children, is why the correct sequence isn’t “ready … fire … aim!”

      I don’t think they’re even doing the “ready” step.

  • Badgerite

    These people are nuts and downright immoral. The GOP has no soul left to lose.

  • Scopedog

    Great…I guess the question now is just how bad things well get when they (inevitably) go wrong.

    But hey, at least we didn’t have crooked Hillary and her emails in the White House, yes sir…

  • ninjaf

    We know the White House is now staffed by bigots who believe we must eliminate Islam to secure global white supremacy, so it wouldn’t come as a big surprise to learn that provoking more attacks is their goal.

    Don’t forget the Dominionists and End Timers looking for a holy war.

    • JMAshby

      Same people.