President Trump has rightly pulled the top secret security clearance of the former CIA director under Barack Obama, John Brennan. Mainstream media and progressives seem to have settled upon the notion that President Trump pulled Brennan’s clearance, and may do the same for other former members of Obama’s administration, out of revenge, spite, to violate their free speech rights and/or, especially, to keep them from cashing in on the benefits of having security clearance.
Most of the aforementioned reasons are typical, progressive, partisan spin. The last reason may have some validity, given that nobody can claim that Brennan has not enriched himself through his history in the intelligence community: [emphasis added to quotes]
Brennan and the others have cashed in on their government service. They’ve all become rich by sitting on corporate boards. Brennan is on the board of directors of a company called SecureAuth + CORE Security. He also serves on the board of The Analysis Corporation, which he helped found before joining the Obama Administration. Finally, and most importantly, Brennan is now the official talking head and “Intelligence Consultant” for NBC News and MSNBC.
That’s Brennan’s current history, but his history of cashing in goes way back:
When Brennan went to work for a private intelligence contractor [in 2005] called The Analysis Corporation, he entered a murky milieu of transnational private spy firms with taxpayer-fueled profits. …
In 2005, between stints as a high-ranking CIA officer and one of the Obama Administration’s top homeland security and counterterrorism experts, Brennan went to work for the little-known Virginia government contracting firm known as The Analysis Corporation. In a convoluted corporate structure, that company was already owned by another entity, and, in 2007, would be snapped up by yet a third firm. During that time, Brennan became an employee in a subsidiary of a London-based security firm controlled by a holding company based in Luxembourg.
According to a corporate document filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, Brennan was given a compensation package at The Analysis Corporation worth more than $750,000 in 2008, one of just over three years he spent at the McLean, Va., based company. …
The Analysis Corporation (and its parent corporation called SFA, Inc.) [became] a tempting acquisition target for an aggressive young British entrepreneur and former Royal Marine named Damian Perl. …
The business has made Damian Perl a wealthy man. Today, several former employees say he owns multiple Ferraris, and has a fondness for fast cars. They say he owns homes in several locations around the world and makes his permanent residence in a Swiss mountain village. …
The Analysis Corporation was among the contractors who were implicated in the March 2008 breach of (and possible “cauterization” of) presidential candidate Obama’s passport records–records which could have, at the very least, contained “embarrassing” information about Obama, should they have been revealed before the 2008 presidential election.
From a January, 2009, article:
Sources who tracked the investigation tell Newsmax that the main target of the breach was the Obama passport file, and that the contractor accessed the file in order to “cauterize” the records of potentially embarrassing information.
Currently, John Brennan is suspected of also playing an instrumental role in the “insurance policy” that was apparently designed to stop the candidacy of Donald Trump and, if that failed, to disrupt his presidency by any means necessary.
The insurance policy continues to this day in the form of the Mueller special-counsel investigation (aka the witch hunt), as well as the investigations that are now taking place in the state of New York, in order to evade oversight by the Trump administration.
During the initiation of the anti-Trump “insurance policy,” as with the passport file incident during Obama’s first campaign, private contractors associated with both Obama and Clinton illegally accessed the supposedly sacrosanct NSA database. Both incidents involve John Brennan.
Considering that the Deep State insurance policy, which was revealed in texts between disgraced FBI agent Peter Strzok and similarly disgraced DOJ lawyer Lisa Page, included leaks of classified information to and collusion with the mainstream media, as well as apparent collusion with foreign agents (in the UK, Russia, Australia, among other countries) and even payments of taxpayer money to foreigners, there may be other very important national security reasons for President Trump to rescind the security clearances of the major players suspected of planning this “soft coup” against his presidency.
Leaks of classified information to the mainstream media, in collusion with the mainstream media, designed to undermine the Trump presidency and, by extension, the reputation and national security of our country is one extremely good reason to cut off all former Obama administration colluders from access to classified information.
Cut off their access and you cut off a huge source of leaks from those former officials as well as from current employees of the federal government.
If someone outside government has security clearance, than arguably it’s not a crime to give them classified information. However, if it’s widely known that those individuals no longer have security clearances, then it becomes a felony for anyone in the government to share with them classified information.
Thus, President Trump is doubly clever to make sure to publicize that these people no longer hold security clearances.
Multiple foreigners (as well as Americans) were intricately involved in the creation and dissemination of the infamous Steele dossier.
Christopher Steele himself is a foreign citizen, a former British intelligence agent (aka a spy).
Steele’s sources were foreign citizens–of Russia!
An Australian ambassador was involved in approaching George Papadopoulos, a volunteer for President Trump’s campaign, in an apparent attempt to get him to regurgitate information about Clinton’s “stolen” emails, information that was suspiciously mentioned to him (planted?) by yet another foreign citizen (a Maltese professor), while yet other foreigners as suspiciously and mysteriously and suddenly sought Papadopoulos out.
At this link is a comprehensive Twitter roll that illustrates extremely well how former spies, including Brennan, continue their “tradecraft” after leaving their respective spy agencies (whether in the U.S., the UK, or elsewhere), by working, quite lucratively, at multinational private intelligence firms.
At this link the same tweeter provides a comprehensive history of how the anti-Trump witch hunt was orchestrated by the Obama Deep State (and continues under the auspices of the Obama shadow government) and also provides some of the same background on Brennan that is revealed above. (Note, however, that some of those who breached the passport files in 2007 were identified, including the Brennan employee who got off with a slap on the wrist, if that.)
As that same astute tweeter wrote:
What are the odds that then Director of CIA would use a CIA asset with ties to MI6 to spy on [the] Trump campaign? And what are the odds that MI6 and UK’s GCHQ would claim knowledge of Trump Russia collusion [and] share that information with CIA and FBI?
The Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) is an intelligence and security organisation responsible for providing signals intelligence (SIGINT) and information assurance to the government and armed forces of the United Kingdom.
Which leads us directly to another good reason that President Trump may have decided that enough is enough, once he learned the full extent of the nefarious plot to misuse and abuse the intelligence community and all its assets in an effort to undermine his presidency, our democratic Republic, and, in essence, We the People.
Reciprocal security clearances.
First a little background about the Five Eyes alliance:
The United States is party to a number of international intelligence sharing arrangements—one of the most prominent being the so-called “Five Eyes” alliance. Born from spying arrangements forged during World War II, the Five Eyes alliance facilitates the sharing of signals intelligence among the U.S., the U.K., Australia, Canada and New Zealand. The Five Eyes countries agree to exchange by default all signals intelligence they gather, as well as methods and techniques related to signals intelligence operations.
Other countries participate in the alliance, too:
… Norway, France, Germany and others have cooperated by sharing their own intelligence as “third parties”.
Here is a key fact:
[T]he US may transmit classified material directly to a firm located in the US which is under the ownership, control, or influence of a UK entity, and the UK may transmit such information directly to a firm in the UK which is under the ownership, control, or influence of a US entity provided such firms have been granted a reciprocal security clearance … and the information is determined to be releasable under the national disclosure policy of the releasing government.
The NSA’s PKI is a comprehensive encryption system to protect classified information against:
– Unauthorized disclosure and modification through digital signing
– Unauthorized access through access controls and authorization services
– False user identifications
An SIDtoday newsletter from July 8, 2003 explains that the new PKI system would replace the ICARUS e-mail encryption system by October 2003. A valid PKI certificate was also needed to use applications like Peoplesoft and CONCERTO. The latter is NSA’s internal personnel system, which has separate parts for human resource and security clearance information.
The new PKI certificates were first issued to NSA employees who were US citizens and held a blue, green, or gold badge. Later, PKI certificates would also be issued to employees of Second Party agencies and to non-US citizens. This PKI system seems to be a software solution without two-factor authentication with a token like the CAC-smartcard of the US military.
This article has a comprehensive explanation of how the Five Eyes alliance operates. Certain key paragraphs are pertinent to the issue of former Obama administration officials and why they should lose their clearances:
Code-named programmes that have been revealed to the public over the last decade go some way to illustrating how the Five Eyes alliance collaborates on specific programmes of activity and how information is shared. One important example is the TEMPORA programme, revealed by Snowden. By placing taps at key undersea fibre-optic cable landing stations, the programme is able to intercept a significant portion of the communications that traverse the UK. The Guardian has reported that 300 analysts from GCHQ and 250 from the NSA were directly assigned to examine material collected. TEMPORA stores content for three days and metadata for 30 days.
Once content and data are collected, they can be filtered. The precise nature of GCHQ’s filters remains secret. Filters could be applied based on type of traffic (e.g. Skype, Facebook, email), origin/destination of traffic, or to conduct basic keyword searches, among many other purposes. Reportedly, approximately 40,000 search terms have been chosen and applied by GCHQ, and another 31,000 by the NSA to information collected via TEMPORA. GCHQ have had staff examining collected material since the project’s inception in 2008, with NSA analysts brought to trial runs of the technology in summer 2011. Full access was provided to NSA by autumn 2011. An additional 850,000 NSA employees and US private contractors with top-secret clearance reportedly also have access to GCHQ databases. GCHQ received £100 million (USD 160 million) in secret NSA funding over the last three years to assist in the running of this project. …
With the advent of the internet and new digital forms of communication, now most digital communications take the fastest and cheapest route to their destination, rather than the most direct. This infrastructure means that the sender has no ability to choose, nor immediate knowledge of, the route that their communication will take. This shift in communications infrastructure means that communications travel through many more countries, are stored in a variety of countries (particularly through the growing popularity of cloud computing) and are thus vulnerable to interception by multiple intelligence agencies. From their bases within the territory of each country, each Five Eyes intelligence agency collects and analyses communications that traverse their territory and beyond.
One assumes that without a security clearance, a person loses access to encryption and de-encryption software (those PKI certificates and other similar authorizations) as well as to all those quite-interesting-to-partisan-colluders databases.
Note that the NSA and, presumably all its private contractors, obtained full access to the GCHQ databases in late 2011, during Obama’s presidency.
Is it a coincidence that the UK and its citizens seem to be so closely involved with the anti-Trump “insurance policy?”
So what is the upshot of all this? This article explains:
If Comey was fired why does he still have clearance? The answer is : FIVE EYES. Five Eyes is how the Deep State operates. …
Not a lot of people were paying attention but Hillary Clinton, James Comey (after he was fired), Barack Hussein Obama, Huma Abedin and many others traveled to New Zealand in 2017-2018. Why? It’s possible that they still hold their clearance.
In New Zealand, to access the system you have to be an Agent of a Foreign Power. Hence, the above named persons, can access the database of the Intelligence Community of the United States without being monitored freely from New Zealand.
If the security clearances of these people and anyone else suspected of working to undermine the Trump presidency have not yet been revoked, then like John Brennan’s, they should be revoked as soon as possible.
President Trump should make it common knowledge that all these Deep State actors–those running the anti-Trump “insurance policy”, all those former Obama administration minions who now operate via the Obama shadow government and lead the “resistance”–have lost their security clearances.
This will put foreign governments, all their agents and all their private contractors, on notice to stop sharing classified information with any of them, lest they ignite an international incident (and the ire of President Trump. The complicit colluders are on his sufferance at the moment. He without doubt knows what they did to help Clinton during the campaign and afterwards.)
Reciprocal security clearances. If these people no longer have security clearances here in the U.S., then they will have also lost access to classified information that they formerly could access through other countries’ databases, including our own NSA database that they apparently can directly access from other countries.
Who colluded to subvert our Republic? That’s the answer that needs to be asked and answered truthfully. Then the culprits need to be identified and punished accordingly.
If other countries, supposed allies of the U.S., are also involved in the collusion to subvert our elections, then that needs to be discovered, revealed, and punished, as well.
Justice demands it.
We the People expect justice.
Attorney General Sessions, do you hear us yet, or are you part of the problem?