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CIA’s New Deputy Director Is First Female Spy to Hold Position

CIA headquarters

CIA headquarters

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The CIA has its first career female officer serving as deputy director.

The White House appointed Gina Haspel, a 31-year veteran of the agency who will served under CIA Director Mike Pompeo.

Retired intelligence chiefs applauded the appointment, the Miami Herald reports.

Michael Hayden, a former Air Force general who headed the agency from 2006 until 2009, said Haspel is “a wonderful choice” who knows how to maneuver the “sometimes opaque corridors of American espionage.”

Morale has plummeted at the CIA since the presidential election, when Donald Trump began slamming intelligence agencies. 

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Trump May Bring Back Secret CIA ‘Black Site’ Prisons

torture photo By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

President Trump may bring back so-called CIA “black site” prisons where terrorism suspects are held and were once tortured.

President George W. Bush used the black sites to combat the “war on terrorism” following the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, but former President Barack Obama closed them.

In the next few days, Trump is expected to sign an executive executive order to call for a high-level review into “whether to reinitiate a program of interrogation of high-value alien terrorists to be operated outside the United States” and if the CIA should run the facilities, Reuters reports. 

The information comes from a copy of a draft published by the Washington Post.

But Trump spokesman Sean Spicer said the document did not come from the White House.

House Speaker Paul Ryan agreed.

“My understanding is this was written by somebody who worked on the transition before who’s not in the Trump administration. This is not a product of the administration,” Ryan said in an interview with MSNBC.

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CIA Documents Show Spy Agency Used to Rely on Psychics

psychicsThe CIA developed a project intended to use psychic and supranational phenomenon for spying and military uses, according to new documents released by the agency.

Known as Project Star Gate, the project sought to use the supernatural because it is “passive,” “inexpensive” and there is “no known defense,” the Independent reports. 

Among the psychic powers used were “psychoenergetics” and telekinesis.

The documents suggest that the CIA believed the psychic powers had some success.

But the project ended in 1995, when the CIA finally concluded psychics weren’t proven to be useful.

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Trump’s Pick for CIA Pledges to Continue Investigating Russia

Rep. Mike Pompeo

Rep. Mike Pompeo

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

President-elect Donald Trump’s pick for CIA director, Rep. Mike Pompeo, said Thursday he won’t balk at investigating Russia over  hacking and other issues.

His remarks are in direct contrast to Trump, who downplayed the seriousness of the hacks and said he wants to improve his relationship with Russia.

“So far, nothing in the C.I.A.’s 69-year history has prepared it to deal with a president who is as openly derisive of its work as Mr. Trump,” The New York Times reports. 

Trump has publicly criticized America’s spies, which is “very dangerous,” said former CIA director Leon E. Panetta.

“It sends a message to our adversaries, to our enemies, that somehow they might be able to take advantage of us because we are so in conflict in terms of the president and the intelligence community,” Panetta said.

Pompeo said the CIA will continue to aggressively investigate Russia.

“I will continue to pursue foreign intelligence with vigor no matter where the facts lead,” Pompeo said. He added that he would do this “with regard to this issue and each and every issue.”

Under his leadership, Pompeo said the CIA would provide “accurate, timely, robust and clear-eyed analysis of Russian activities.”

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U.S. Intelligence Agencies Informed Trump of Salacious Allegations in Dossier

Donald Trump, via Wikipedia

Donald Trump, via Wikipedia

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The nation’s intelligence services revealed to President-elect Donald Trump that they and Russia had salacious allegations about him in a 35-page dossier that included comprising personal information.

U.S. officials provided Trump, President Obama and congressional leaders with a two-page summary of the dossier after it became exceedingly clear that many news organizations had the information, the The Washington Post  reports. The FBI, CIA, Director of National Intelligence and the NSA agreed it was a good idea to inform Trump of the allegations. 

Trump denied the claims in the dossier, calling the information fake news and accusing intelligence agencies of Nazi-like tactics.

Director of National Intelligence James Clapper Jr. said he told Trump that a “private security company” made the allegations and that U.S. spy agencies had “not made any judgment that the information in this document is reliable.”

“However, part of our obligation is to ensure that policymakers are provided with the fullest possible picture of any matters that might affect national security,” Clapper said.

Trump, an Early Critic of Intelligence Agencies, Plans to Restructure the CIA

CIA headquarters

CIA headquarters

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

President-elect Donald Trump, who has mocked U.S. intelligence agencies, plans to restructure the CIA and reduce staffing at its Virginia headquarters by moving more people into field posts worldwide. 

Sources familiar with the planning told the Wall Street Journal that Trump believes the Office of the Director of National Intelligence has become politicized and bloated. 

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

Trump has criticized the CIA and other intelligence agencies for what he says are misrepresentations of Russia trying to influence the presidential election.

His criticism of those agencies has drawn fire from both sides of the aisle.

Trump Plans Long-Awaited Meeting with FBI, CIA on DNC Cyber Attacks

Donald Trump

Donald Trump

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

President-elect Donald Trump plans a long-awaited meeting with the leaders of the CIA, FBI and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence on Friday.

Sean Spicer, a spokesman for Trump, said Wednesday that the meeting is focused on intelligence agencies’ final report on suspicions of Russia hacking the Democratic National Committee.

Trump is expected to met with CIA Director John Brennan, FBI Director James Comey and DNI’s James Clapper.

The briefing could be contentious because Trump continues to deny there’s sufficient evidence to show that Russia was behind the cyber attack.

In fact, Trump pointed recently to the WikiLeaks f0under, who insisted none of the leaked information came from Russia.

Journalist, Researcher Sue U.S. Spy Agencies for Records about Russian Hacking

foiaBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

An investigative reporter and a researcher at Harvard have filed a open records lawsuit this week against the CIA, FBI, Homeland Security and the Director of National Intelligence for information about Russia interfering with the U.S. presidential election.

The suit was filed by investigative reporter Jason Leopold and Ryan Shapiro, a PhD candidate at MIT and researcher at Harvard, after the government agencies failed to provide records, Recode reports

The FOIA seeks information between Congress and the federal intelligence agencies and between the FBI and White House.

The CIA has expressed confidence that Russia interfered in the election in the months leading up to the November contest.

Recode reports:

The plaintiffs seek information about any ongoing investigation into ties between Donald Trump or anyone associated with his campaign and interference from the Russian government in the election. Leopold and Shapiro also asked for communications between Congress and the Republican and Democratic campaign committees, as well as Hillary Clinton’s campaign in reference to Russian involvement with the 2016 presidential race.

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