^ To Newsweek’s Jeff Stein .. Let’s help you sort this out

While Jeff Stein at Newsweek carries water for the CIA in its’ feud with Trump, one wonders how Mike Pompeo will play it (behind the scene.) What is today’s fake news generated out of Langley, Virginia? Try this:

“For decades, CIA and U.S. military intelligence spy recruiters have held out the promise of eventual resettlement in America to induce foreigners to turn coat and work secretly for the United States against terrorist groups or repressive governments. In reality, many were caught before they ever made it, but during the Cold War countless Eastern Europeans living under communist rule, and more recently, Muslims across the Middle East, North Africa and Central Asia, have worked secretly for U.S. spy agencies on the promise that they or their children would eventually be extracted. Another effective recruiting tool for U.S. operatives has been to offer their agents’ families medical care or education in the United States”

The intelligence community’s veterans are squealing like stuck pigs over the Muslim visa ban, according to Stein, although he puts it more along the lines of shedding tears:

“Absolutely,” agreed Cindy Storer, a former member of the CIA intelligence team that tracked al-Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden. “It hurts,” she said in a brief interview. “Capital h-u-r-t-s”

Two things about the preceding quote that concerns intelligence officer turned journalist Stein; the first is, if Stein was being straight with his readers, yeah the ‘rewards program’ worked when it was a Pakistani ISI officer walked in to bag the $25 million reward and a good life in the USA because the CIA couldn’t find its own ass with both hands let alone find bin Laden. But Stein avoids informing his readers how incompetent Central Intelligence has been (what a story that is.) The second thing is, Cindy Storer, Alfreda Bikowsky’s (speaking of stupid) bin Laden hunting professional associate, specifies “Capital h-u-r-t-s” and Stein quotes her using lower case. There’s brilliance for you.

What’s another prominent example of the ‘rewards’ program? How about CIA 3rd party contract ‘torture darling’ Omar Sulieman suddenly ‘falls ill’ and is whisked away to the USA for ‘medical’ treatment about the time Sulieman boss Mubarak’s Egyptian regime was coming apart at the seams and he rather quickly died in hospital. Problem witness silenced (Sulieman ran the CIA’s outsourced torture program in Egypt that Senator Feinstein’s torture investigation never touched.) With friends like CIA…

But neither of  these case examples would have been impacted because Trump’s visa ban doesn’t cover Egypt or Pakistan. Oh, and ‘the ban’ doesn’t ban radicalized Islam’s Wahabi terrorist central: Saudi Arabia. Huh. And there’s another thing; the Langley spooks’ prostitute journalist (whether Stein realizes it or not, but hard to believe not, when it’s a former intelligence officer reporting) is almost certainly fronting this as a cover story. So what are the spooks actually fighting for, what is the CIA’s hidden agenda here? Let’s try this

“During the 1980s, the CIA recruited and trained Muslim operatives to fight the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan. Later, the CIA would move those operatives from Afghanistan to the Balkans, and then to Iraq, Libya, and Syria, traveling on illegal US visas”

…according to Former USA consular officer in Saudi Arabia, Michael Springmann

What’s more is, when Springmann had been a consular officer in Jedda, Saudi Arabia:

“Michael Springmann, head US consular official in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, later claims that during this period he is “repeatedly ordered… to issue [more than 100] visas to unqualified applicants.” He turns them down, but is repeatedly overruled by superiors

“In one case, two Pakistanis apply for visas to attend a trade show in the US, but they are unable to name the trade show or city in which it will be held. When Springmann denies them a visa, he gets “an almost immediate call from a CIA case officer, hidden in the commercial section [of the consulate], that I should reverse myself and grant these guys a visa.” Springmann refuses, but the decision is reversed by the chief of the consular section”

I suppose a ban could cramp the CIA’s game of shuffling ‘moderate opposition’ around the globe, particularly those from ‘banned’ countries. Certainly we wouldn’t want a precedent like this set because our ‘moderate’ opposition leadership qualifying for the CIA ‘rewards program’ and life in the USA, can’t all be Pakistanis, Egyptians and Saudis. After all, what would the CIA do if it couldn’t move its’ al Qaida fighters into Kosovo and Bosnia? And then on to Syria where we discover:

“There is no difference between “moderate” rebels and al-Qaeda (al-Nusra) or ISIS — they are all the same” -US Representative Tulsi Gabbard, following on location (Syria) fact finding mission.

And finally, we have a 2009 interview by retired CIA officer Phillip Giraldi, with former FBI documents translator Sibel Edmonds:

EDMONDS: Okay. So these conversations, between 1997 and 2001, had to do with a Central Asia operation that involved bin Laden. Not once did anybody use the word “al-Qaeda.” It was always “mujahideen,” always “bin Laden” and, in fact, not “bin Laden” but “bin Ladens” plural. There were several bin Ladens who were going on private jets to Azerbaijan and Tajikistan. The Turkish ambassador in Azerbaijan worked with them.

“There were bin Ladens, with the help of Pakistanis or Saudis, under our management. [The USA Department of State’s] Marc Grossman was leading it, 100 percent, bringing people from East Turkestan into Kyrgyzstan, from Kyrgyzstan to Azerbaijan, from Azerbaijan some of them were being channeled to Chechnya, some of them were being channeled to Bosnia. From Turkey, they were putting all these bin Ladens on NATO planes. People and weapons went one way, drugs came back”

‘Rewards’ visas might be really, very handy, even necessary, to enable operations like the immediate preceding. Enough said? You think?  Maybe one more thing; a former clandestine services case officer informs me: “CIA actually issues its own visas and has many ways to completely by-pass the system” in which case the entire premise of Jeff Stein’s article is bogus from the get-go. So what’s the problem?  Too little resources devoted to CIA clandestine services forgeries to give up the Department of State visas issued on false pretext? All of the Libyan ‘rewards worthy’ fighters with fake ‘moderate opposition’ Syrian passports have to be re-papered as Egyptians? Too much work to get around increasingly sophisticated border controls where CIA vetted® & moderate™ Salafist militants shouldn’t risk getting busted with multiple identities due to advancing technologies like biometrics? Is it as simple as certain parties at the CIA, in their ongoing feud with Trump, simply wish to smear Trump in the public mind on a national security issue?

At the end of the day it’s anybody’s guess what is behind the patent bullshit in the Newsweek article. What we do know is, other than the certain fact the article is classic misdirection concerning intelligence and would appear to be a psyop fed to the American public, the Trump order seems to have put a bug up the intelligence community’s butt.

Tip of the hat to Intel News (irony, my comment pointing out former consular officer Springmann’s narrative was disallowed, and that is what actually inspired this piece)