Trump Is Working On A Plan To Restructure, Pare Back The CIA And America's Top Spy Agency

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Just in case the accusations that president-elect Donald Trump is a puppet of the Kremlin, intent on destabilizing and weakening the US weren't loud enough, moments ago the WSJ assured these would hit an unprecedented level with a report that Trump, a harsh critic of U.S. intelligence agencies, is working with top advisers on a plan that would restructure and pare back the nation’s top spy agency, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, prompted by a belief that it has "become bloated and politicized."

The Office of the Director of National Intelligence, or ODNI, was established in 2004 in large part to boost coordination between intelligence agencies following the Sept. 11, 2001 terror attacks.

The planning comes in a time of turbulence between Trump and American intelligence agencies: the president-elect has leveled a series of social media attacks in recent months and the past few days against the U.S. intelligence apparatus, at times dismissing and mocking their assessment - perhaps with cause, after all there is still no evidence - that the Russian government hacked emails of Democratic groups and John Podesta and then leaked them to WikiLeaks and others in an effort to help Trump win the White House.

According to the Journal, among those helping lead Mr. Trump’s plan to restructure the intelligence agencies is his national security adviser, Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, who had served as director of the Defense Intelligence Agency until he was pushed out by DNI James Clapper and others in 2013. Also involved in the planning is Rep. Mike Pompeo (R., Kan.), who Mr. Trump selected to be his CIA director.

It's not just the ODNI: one of the people familiar with Trump’s planning told the WSJ his advisors also are working on a plan to restructure the Central Intelligence Agency, cutting back on staffing at its Virginia headquarters and pushing more people out into field posts around the world. The CIA declined to comment on the plan.

“The view from the Trump team is the intelligence world [is] becoming completely politicized,” said the individual, who is close to the Trump transition operation. “They all need to be slimmed down. The focus will be on restructuring the agencies and how they interact.”

Trump may have a point: after all it was the Democrats who accused the FBI of being so politicized that Comey's reopening of the Clinton email server case is what cost her the presidency. Alternatively, Trump has listed his reasons to allege that the CIA is likewise "politicized", however in the other direction.

To be sure, he has been quite open about his feelings on the subject. In one of his Wednesday tweets, Trump referenced an interview that WikiLeaks editor in chief Julian Assange gave to Fox News in which he denied Russia had been his source for the thousands of hacked Podesta and DNC emails. As reported earlier, Trump tweeted: “Julian Assange said ‘a 14 year old could have hacked Podesta’—why was DNC so careless? Also said Russians did not give him the info!”

In response, Trump was criticized by both Democratic and Republican lawmakers and from intelligence and law-enforcement officials for praising Russian President Vladimir Putin, for attacking American intelligence agencies, and for embracing Mr. Assange, long viewed with disdain by government officials and lawmakers.

“We have two choices: some guy living in an embassy on the run from the law…who has a history of undermining American democracy and releasing classified information to put our troops at risk, or the 17 intelligence agencies sworn to defend us,” said Sen. Lindsey Graham. “I’m going with them.”

Additionally, Trump’s advisers say he has long been skeptical of the CIA’s accuracy, and the president-elect often mentions faulty intelligence in 2002 and 2003 concerning Iraq’s weapons programs. But he has focused his skepticism of the agencies squarely on their Russia assessments, which has jarred analysts who are accustomed to more cohesion with the White House.

The rest of the story is largely familiar: here is the rundown from the WSJ

Top officials at U.S. intelligence agencies, as well as Republican and Democratic leaders in Congress, have said Russia orchestrated the computer attacks that hacked and leaked Democratic Party emails last year. President Barack Obama ordered the intelligence agencies to produce a report on the hacking operation, and he is expected to presented with the findings on Thursday.Russia has long denied any involvement in the hacking operation, though Mr. Putin has said releasing the stolen emails served a public service.


The heads of the CIA, Federal Bureau of Investigation, and Director of National Intelligence James Clapper are scheduled to brief Mr. Trump on the findings on Friday. Mr. Trump tweeted late Tuesday that this meeting had been delayed and suggested that the agencies still needed time to “build a case” against Russia.


White House officials said Mr. Trump will be briefed on the hacking report as soon as it is ready. White House officials have been increasingly frustrated by Mr. Trump’s confrontations with intelligence officials.


“It’s appalling,” the official said. “No president has ever taken on the CIA and come out looking good.”

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In what some may see as a preemptive counter-coup against unfriendly elements, the WSJ notes that Trump shares the view of Flynn and Pompeo that the intelligence community’s position that Russians tried to help his campaign is an attempt to undermine his victory or say he didn’t win, the official close to the transition said.

Flynn will lead the White House’s National Security Council, giving him broad influence in military and intelligence decisions throughout the government. He is also a believer in rotating senior intelligence agencies into the field and reducing headquarters staff.

Meanwhile, current and former intelligence and law-enforcement officials have reacted with a mix of bafflement and outrage to Mr. Trump’s continuing series of jabs at U.S. spies. “They are furious about it,” said one former senior intelligence official, adding that a retinue of senior officials who thought they would be staying on in a Hillary Clinton administration now are re-evaluating their plans following Mr. Trump’s election.

Additionally, current and former officials said it was particularly striking to see Trump quote Assange in tweets. “It’s pretty horrifying to me that he’s siding with Assange over the intelligence agencies,’’ said one former law-enforcement official.

And that may explain why Trump has decided to overhaul the entire US security apparatus from the ground up.

Paul Pillar, a 28-year veteran of the CIA who retired in 2005, said he was disturbed by Trump’s tweets and feared much of the intelligence community’s assessments could be filtered through Lt. Gen. Flynn, chosen by Mr. Trump as his national security adviser.

“I’m rather pessimistic,” he said. “This is indeed disturbing that the president should come in with this negative view of the agencies coupled with his habits on how he absorbs information and so on that don’t provide a lot of hope for change.”

As a result of Trump's unprecedented overhaul of the US intelligence apparatus, we expect that to soon hear the loudest calls for Trump committing treason yet.

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nmewn's picture

DHS could use to lose a few pounds too ;-)

Draybin Deffercon III's picture
Draybin Deffercon III (not verified) nmewn Jan 4, 2017 6:25 PM

Roh roh... stay away from Dallas Mr. Trump!

froze25's picture

If this is true and I believe it is, President Trump is in more danger then ever. The CIA has already gotten assets elected to Congress and probably the Senate. They have controlled the White House since Bush Sr. JFK was killed by them. I wish him well and pray for his success and safety. Long Live the Republic, MAGA

beemasters's picture

I hope by "restructuring" he meant using them as part of his border wall structures.

Manthong's picture

“two choices: some guy living in an embassy on the run from the law”…

“or the 17 intelligence agencies sworn to defend us”

Sounds like ONE choice to me, Einstein.

And I pick the guy in the embassy.

..and Lindsey is a girls name.

Government needs you to pay taxes's picture

Would 'Lindsey' be a reference to LimpDick Lindsey Graham?

tazs's picture

Trump's most likely paying lip service to paring it, since he's planning major wars to begin with.

overbet's picture

I'm really starting to fear for his life.  I hope he has the best security.

DownWithYogaPants's picture

Lindsey is a guys name.

Lindsay is a girls name.

Please try to stick to the facts when possible.

SickDollar's picture

I think Trump just crossed the Rubicon .


Manthong's picture

This came from a former Trump advisor:

(paraphrase) Trump’s clean-up mission in Washington is not like draining the swamp… it’s more like cleaning out the septic tank..

Zero Point's picture

Great. Now the CIA will have to sell more drugs to make up the shortfall.

MEFOBILLS's picture

As a result of Trump's unprecedented overhaul of the US intelligence apparatus, we expect that to soon hear the loudest calls for Trump committing treason yet.

The CIA is comitting treason with recycling drug money into their coffers - especially from Afghanistan.  The CIA is comitting treason with recycling Saudi petrodollars into MIC. The CIA is committing treason when it looks the other way, while the Clinton foundation is funded by Saudi and Qatar.  The CIA is comitting treason with their drone war and extrajudicial killings.

webmatex's picture

I recall the CIA have no right to operate within the US - but they do, 45 has a legal imperative to apply the law to this rogue beast.

Better still just close it down along with the other alphabet blood suckers.

Still waiting to judge Trump AFTER he is president but so far i can award him an A+ for effort.

Go Trump.

Manthong's picture

..all sounds the same to me

I’d rather name a kid “Fauntleroy”

and it would fit the honorable senator better.

I haven't figured out yet what would be a better name for his boyfriend, McCain.


Graph's picture

And add a few roman numerals after for a kick.

Manthong's picture

Re: Lindsey

He needs to get his ass out of the senate and launch a much more profitable career in rap.

He can be “ Lind-Z “  and as long as he can talk in stunted rhythm at 100 bpm and near-rhyme with no discernable pauses, he can be a star.

A little bobbing up and down helps.

He could practice on the senate floor…

The fossils there probably would not notice any deviation from his standard schtick.

DeadFred's picture

But does he play dominoes better on cheese or on pasta? With Graham you're never really sure.

Manthong's picture

THAT is an astute observation, and it is not a stretch to imagine that if anybody there is a pizza aficionado, Lindsey is.

..maybe that is why he is so compliant with the other side.

strannick's picture

Yes, pray for his life.

nmewn's picture

Right, with Russia. After Obama bombs St.Petersburg the day before he leaves office and steals all the T's off the keyboards like the petulant little boi he is.

markpower49's picture

The CIA has been a leftist org. for decades. It's not the same one as in the '50s and '60s. Dissolve it; we don't need it.

Offthebeach's picture

Like how good they were with thwarting Castro, and executing The Bay of Pigs?

Omen IV's picture

Bring Back: Binney /McGovern / Snowden / Perkins

fleur de lis's picture

The CIA whacked JFK when he said he would give them a haircut.

He realized what a pack of psychopaths they were, and that they were not working in the interests of the American people but rather the central bankers and multinationals.

That was all it took.

webmatex's picture

“No president has ever taken on the CIA and come out looking good.”

Yup and Donald Trump will never be president either.


therealestg9's picture

There is a massive power struggle going on in the elites. Many different parties are involved, but two sides can roughly be drawn. One side includes the CIA, most of the mainstream media, globalists, etc. George Soros is one of the primary leaders of this group. The other side includes the FBI, oil and other energy companies, more old school type industrialists, etc. The banker elites are above both of them, and they fund whichever side has the better chance of fulfilling the elites' objectives.

Chupacabra-322's picture

Safe to say it's the Black Hats Vs. The White Hats over Total Control Full Spectrum World Domination over Mankind.

At the Highest Compartmentalized Levels, the Rougue Criminal elements of The Deep State at going to be challenged.

The Global Criminal Oligarch Cabal Bankster Intelligence Crime Syndicate use of continued "Order Out of Chaos" of Institutional Warefare are coming to an abrupt end.

balolalo's picture

"The banker elites are above both of them, and whichever has a better chance of fulfilling the elite's objectives"


if trump actually does go after the intelligence agencies then this would be one of the first things i would give him credit for and support.




FlowerofLife's picture

Yes, you can see by who Trump has chosen for his cabinet and other posts who’s on which side.

It isn’t only in the states, either. This change is playing out in Europe as well.

therealestg9's picture

Exactly, also a report came out in the news today that Trump's planning to restructure (essentially reign in) the CIA. Another fact that supports my theory.

chindit13's picture

Like many here, you know nothing, but like to portray yourself as one who does. It works here, so don't take offense. Just hold your head up high and pretend.

samsara's picture

It would have been better, from a Plato's wall perspective, if he had said;

"Let's try on this model to explain the events we are seeing and poke holes in it."
Thus relinquishing any claim of 'knowing'?

therealestg9's picture

I think you're mistaken. This is the Internet, 99% of things said here are bullshit anyway. I never said that my comment was the absolute truth. I have absolutely no problem with anyone using reason or logic to refute any points I made. 

overbet's picture

Is anything truly going to fundamentally change or is power just shifting from one side to the other?

Offthebeach's picture

You threaten 50+ billion dollars a year , pretty much unaccounted for ( $100 mill perfor every McCain Syrian Issus fighter?) and shitguns can happen.

4freedom78's picture

If Trump succeeded on purging the CIA from the traitor whores. It will be historical

Freddie's picture

Paul Ryan and Sen Tom Cotton both NeoCon and Soros puppets keep pushing the evil Russia bullshit.

Day 53 - Where is Eric Braverman?

This guy connects all the dots with Clinton Foundation, Soros, Bengazi, Espstein, Sid Blumenthal, Operation Gladio, Libya, Syria, Benghazi and the rest. SICKENING.  The evil corruption is staggering.

Trump needs to bust up the Rockefeller CIA plus the State Dept.  Cut their budgets 97%.

Md4's picture

I share your concern, and not simply from the spook alphabet league.


We now KNOW who to watch, and what they're capable of. We were innocent children during Camelot.

Not green anymore.

Trump is something never faced before. He'll know more about them than they about him.

We have the Internet and wiki leaks. Didn't exist the last time.

Finally, Trump has 60 million very fed up, very savvy supporters.

What that support must do, especially early on, is present a very strong, ready to search-and-destroy presence palpable to any who would dare harm him.

They must never feel able to get away with anything like that again, lest they face the same fate of fleeing Nazis.

Hunted forever.

The Gun Is Good's picture

Well said. Harm to Trump will trigger a literal search-and-destroy response from patriots.

greenskeeper carl's picture

Yep. I wouldn't take in trips in open topped limos either. they already have the perfect neocon replacement waiting in the wings with mike pence, too. He would likely go along with everything the neocon/deep state party wants, too. Careful, donald. Last guy that embarked upon this mission got his brains splattered in front of his wife for the effort.

Perimetr's picture

Yes, the CIA is working on a plan to pare back Trump, too.

A mock-up of the inauguration ceremony has been set up for the teams to practice,

while the drone has been prepared for back-up. 

Paul Kersey's picture

Our (false) intelligence networks, full of crooked private contractors, cost U.S.taxpayers trillions of dollars and untold lives, for the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution, the weapons of mass destruction war in Iraq, Benghazi, etc, while making hundreds of billions of dollars for the private defense contractors and the investment banks and hedge funds (take a look at BlackRock's defense stock ownership and at the rise of BlackRock's stock prices over the last 5 years) that fund them. Fuck these false flag felons.

Dancing Disraeli's picture

Upvoted for the nice alliteration.

sleigher's picture

Trump would do well to stop talking as much and just get to Jan 20th.  Then start doing and explain after the fact why he did it.  I know that flies in the face of transparency but I don't want his skull to be transparent.

DownWithYogaPants's picture


But the fact is he has to start preparing now.  It's doubtful he could keep it quiet given how hard it would be to keep every last mole out of his organization.

If I were Trump I'd keep the inauguration speech short and get the fuck into the bunker and get this shit passed quickly.  Then start tearing down these shitholes of corruption.

decon's picture

His big mouth is what most bothers me.  Just fucking do it and let your actions do the talking.

The Gun Is Good's picture

Yep. And the fuckers took a swing at Reagan, too, with VP Poppy Bush waiting in the wings. (No wonder Reagan switched to army guards afterward; he knew secret service were crooked.)