Politico reports that "The prospect of a second Trump presidency has the intelligence community on edge." They were on the edge also after JFK rejected their plan of carrying out false flag terrorist attacks across the U.S. to gin up support for an invasion of Cuba, which he vehemently rejected. He afterward vowed to scatter the agencies to the wind. And we all know what happened after that:
The Politico article begins:
Former top officials from Donald Trump’s administration are warning he is likely to use a second term to overhaul the nation’s spy agencies in a way that could lead to an unprecedented level of politicization of intelligence.
Trump, who already tried to revamp intelligence agencies during his first term, is likely to re-up those plans — and push even harder to replace people perceived as hostile to his political agenda with inexperienced loyalists, according to interviews with more than a dozen people who worked in his administration.
"Former top officials from ... Trump's administration..." Translation: Trump was hamstrung by people in his administration. But we already knew that. The intelligence agencies are already politicized, as shown by the coordinated actions to produce the fake Russian Dossier and spying on anyone opposed to the Deep State.
The article later states:
America’s spy agencies are never completely divorced from politics. [Ya think?] But an overhaul of the type Trump is expected to attempt could undermine the credibility [influence and/or control] of American intelligence at a time when the U.S. and allies are relying on it to navigate crises [they created] in Ukraine and the Middle East. It could also effectively strip the intelligence community of the ability to dissuade [lie to] the president from decisions that could put the country at risk. [Like start a war with Russia in order to protect their money laundering operations]
POLITICO talked to 18 former officials and analysts who worked in the Trump administration, including political appointees from both parties and career intelligence officers [i.e., devoted Deep Staters], some who still speak to [spy on] the former president and his aides and had insight into conversations about his potential second term [i.e., make stuff up to undermine him]. A number of them were granted anonymity to avoid provoking backlash and to speak freely about their experience working with him. Others are now vocal Trump critics and spoke publicly.
“He wants to weaponize the intelligence community [against the Cabal that really run things]. And the fact is you need to look with a 360 degree perspective. He can’t just cherry pick what he wants to hear when there are so many U.S. adversaries and countries that don’t wish the U.S. well,” said Fiona Hill, a top Russia adviser on the National Security Council in Trump’s administration who has regularly criticized his policies [of not going to war with Russia]. “If he guts the intel on one thing [like parents protesting trannys being allowed into girls restrooms], he’ll be partially blinding us.”
Many of the former officials said they opted to speak to POLITICO because they believe the extent to which Trump could remake the intelligence community remains — despite the copious media coverage — underestimated. [I.e., no one watches MSNBC or CNN anymore]
But the article is not completely one-sided. Deep into the article it relates:
Trump spokesperson Steven Cheung said the former president “has been under assault ever since he announced his campaign in 2016.” He listed a range of grievances, including the intelligence community’s embrace of now a largely discredited dossier on Trump’s Russia ties, the administration’s Russia investigation, and former intelligence officials questioning the validity of allegations against President Joe Biden’s son.
In the classified documents case, Trump’s lawyers have argued that the intelligence community is heavily politicized already, only with a leftist ideology that is unfair to the former president.
One former senior White House official under Trump, who is still close with Trump and his team, argued that other key national security officials at the time also believed the intelligence agencies were political and bloated bureaucratic offices that often miscalculated critical issues. Another former Trump administration national security official who still speaks to the former president said there is a need for Trump, if re-elected, to try to install people in the agencies who he trusts and oust those who have a history of trying to undermine him.
The intelligence agencies have connived, lied, concealed, and committed numerous crimes to keep their control over the executive branch. We can expect them to do worse if they think him capable of winning the next election.