Ex-Director of National Intelligence James Clapper offered some troubling thoughts on President Donald Trump to CNN earlier today.
As Clapper would state, “Obviously I’m I guess biased about this because I believe that in many of these positions, such as the DNI, that people should have experience and expertise. In fact, that’s what the law stipulates. To some extent, this almost reminds me of North Korea where everybody has got to wear a Kim family button to publicly display their loyalty and fealty to the great leader. Where — as you say in our case — loyalty and fealty to the administration and to the president personally takes higher precedence over competence, experience or expertise. And that’s not good, in my view — for the safety and security of the country — particularly when it’s applied to the intelligence community.”
When asked about new acting Director of National Intelligence Richard Grenell, he added: “I’ll just say that despite the fact I had spent decades in intelligence that I found the position of DNI the hardest thing I’d ever tried to do. And I just can’t imagine. you know I’m somebody that at least knows a little bit about intelligence when I walked in the door, I can’t imagine what it’s like trying to learn the ABCs of intelligence while you’re on the job.”
And argued, “but that’s really not why he’s there. I think it’s clear that there’s a purge underway in the intelligence community at least at the ODI level.” In addition, “That’s the main purpose, of his main mission right now as opposed to mastering intelligence.”
The Obama era official told, “With all this focus on loyalty and the constant turnover which creates turbulence, instability, lack of continuity and it’s hugely distracting to the intelligence community which should be focusing on this wide diversity of threats that confront the United States all around the world”.
Clapper concluded, “This political overtone is hugely distracting and it causes the intelligence community not to focus to the extent that it should on what the real threats are.”
The resistance now appearing to be out in full force.