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More indications Intel assessment of Russian interference in election was rigged
Fox News ^ | May 12, 2017 | Fred Fleitz

Posted on 05/14/2017 6:11:13 AM PDT by onyx

Fred Fleitz


SNIPS

On January 6, 2017, the U.S. Intelligence Community issued an “Intelligence Community Assessment” (ICA) that found Russia deliberately interfered in the 2016 presidential election to benefit Trump’s candidacy.  The news media and Trump critics have claimed this assessment ended the debate on this issue because it was the unanimous and objective conclusion of “all 17” U.S. Intelligence Agencies. 

I also contended in my January article that the January 6 ICA was suspicious because it reached unusually clear judgments on a politically explosive issue with no dissenting views. 

I previously thought the ICA’s unambiguous, dissent-free judgments were the result of limiting the number of intelligence agencies which could participate.  But based on Clapper’s testimony, it appears that politicization of this assessment was much more serious.

Clapper explained in his testimony that two dozen or so “seasoned experts” were “handpicked” from the contributing agencies” and drafted the ICA “under the aegis of his former office” (the Office of the Director of National Intelligence.) 

While Clapper claimed these analysts were given “complete independence” to reach their findings, he added that their conclusions “were thoroughly vetted and then approved by the directors of the three agencies and me.”

This process drastically differed from the Intelligence Community’s normal procedures.

Hand-picking a handful of analysts from just three intelligence agencies to write such a controversial assessment went against standing rules to vet such analyses throughout the Intelligence Community within its existing structure.  The idea of using hand-picked intelligence analysts selected through some unknown process to write an assessment on such a politically sensitive topic carries a strong stench of politicization.   

I also note that FBI Director Comey said in testimony

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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Foreign Affairs; Front Page News; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: 2016election; 2016electionrussia; 201701; 20170106; brennan; cia; clapper; democrats; dsj02; election; fbi; hoax; ica; johnbrennan; nsa; politicization; riggedreport; russia
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This is GOLD!

I saw this guy on Fox 'n Friends this morning.

Case exposed and closed.

President Trump has been correct all along.

SICK, SCHEMING HOAX.

John Brennan needs to be put on a polygraph, indicted, tried and imprisoned right along with Hillary and I dare say, accompanied by several elected-office-holding democrats too.

1 posted on 05/14/2017 6:11:13 AM PDT by onyx
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To: onyx

One of the most poorly written headlines in history.

But good read if you get beyond the headline...


2 posted on 05/14/2017 6:15:55 AM PDT by Principled (OMG I'm so tired of all this winning....)
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To: hoosiermama; Jane Long; trisham; deoetdoctrinae; caww; xzins; Publius; MEG33; Salvation; ...

Fred Fleitz is senior vice president for policy and programs with the Center for Security Policy, a national security think tank. Follow him on Twitter@FredFleitz.

3 posted on 05/14/2017 6:16:14 AM PDT by onyx (Donate Monthly ~ Join 300 Club!)
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To: onyx

Thanks!


4 posted on 05/14/2017 6:19:10 AM PDT by monkapotamus
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To: onyx
Case exposed and closed.

The whole Russia, Russia, Russia thing was a complete projection of what a Russian wet dream might look like on a perfect day. It never happened. There is no evidence that it happened. Any investigation is a total futile effort by underlings to attempt to find something to make their boss happy, but it is not to be found. A complete waste of taxpayer resources in an attempt to attack the one that defeated Her Thighness.

As I used to comment on minor cases - This investigation is complete as evidence does not support a presentation to the U.S. Attorney, and it is also the known attitude of the U.S. Attorney to decline prosecution on a case without sufficient evidence to support a charge.

5 posted on 05/14/2017 6:22:50 AM PDT by Dustoff45 (Pass the Ketchup)
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To: onyx

Whether the panel was biased is only a part of the problem. The other part is a presumption that we always have to trust anyone who is an establishment-credentialed intelligence expert without demanding to see their facts and data. This issue is too important to be left to the experts.


6 posted on 05/14/2017 6:29:37 AM PDT by Socon-Econ
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To: onyx

Second biggest hoax in history (next to Global Warming)


7 posted on 05/14/2017 6:30:08 AM PDT by ReaganGeneration2
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To: onyx

It’s a perfect `rat scam: it salves Hillary!’s butthurt and defames President Trump.
Of course the only problem is—not a bit of it is true.

Democrats decide what result they want, then assign `experts’ to support that conclusion: it’s pure Lysenkoism.
If we had a halfway credible press they would be laughed out of town. Or run out of town on a rail.


8 posted on 05/14/2017 6:33:34 AM PDT by tumblindice ("Fight for your country." Hector)
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To: onyx

“John Brennan needs to be put on a polygraph,”

Waterboard, maybe.
Polygraph, unreliable.

And close a few of his bank accounts.


9 posted on 05/14/2017 6:36:36 AM PDT by DUMBGRUNT (GO TRUMP!)
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To: onyx

“A major problem with this process is that it gave John Brennan, CIA’s hyper-partisan former director, enormous influence over the drafting of the ICA. Given Brennan’s scathing criticism of Mr. Trump before and after the election, he should have had no role whatsoever in the drafting of this assessment. Instead, Brennan probably selected the CIA analysts who worked on the ICA and reviewed and approved their conclusions. “

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I’d personally like to see this blankety-blank-blank waterboarded .... polygraphing is too civilized for the traitorous Brennan.


10 posted on 05/14/2017 6:44:15 AM PDT by Qiviut (Obama's Legacy in two words: DONALD TRUMP)
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To: Dustoff45

But the total lack of evidence is proof of how well Trump hid it.

I learned this from Tom Foley, when he accused George H W Bush of flying in the back seat of an SR-71.


11 posted on 05/14/2017 6:44:53 AM PDT by Scrambler Bob (Brought to you from Turtle Island, otherwise known as 'So-Called North America')
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To: Dustoff45
The whole Russia, Russia, Russia thing was a complete projection of what a Russian wet dream might look like on a perfect day. It never happened.

Not exactly true.

It did happen, just not with or about Trump.

The investigation was done by Obama to use against Hillary in the battle to see who would be the Democrat Party Choice for President back for the 2012 election. She backed down, he won the nomination. The report was shelved.

When Trump won, the report was rewritten using Trump's name instead of Hillary's. The report was sent to Britain to 'launder' it's source. McCain presented it as if it were original and done by the British Intelligence Services.

12 posted on 05/14/2017 6:45:50 AM PDT by UCANSEE2 (Lost my tagline on Flight MH370. Sorry for the inconvenience.)
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To: onyx

Who in the world trusts Muslim converts in our intelligence services??? Are we crazy?


13 posted on 05/14/2017 6:46:34 AM PDT by txrefugee
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To: ReaganGeneration2

Third, if you count the Piltdown Man.


14 posted on 05/14/2017 6:51:01 AM PDT by deweyfrank (Nobody's Perfect)
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To: onyx; All; Liz

Saw the interview also and he also mentioned that the report was based on logic NOT evidence, or intuition, along with the “hand-picked” explanation he gave.

Look for the video to appear on this channel
https://www.youtube.com/user/securefreedom/feed

Here he is 2 days ago.

2:49 Minutes
The Center’s Fred Fleitz discussing the firing of FBI director James Comey
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lpMHbOXNtW4


15 posted on 05/14/2017 7:05:20 AM PDT by Whenifhow (when, if and how will Obama be gone?)
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To: onyx; Steven Tyler

Muh Russia! Trump is guilty!

Still every day, like Geraldo Rivera, these “reporters” open the vault to show us their proof, and their vault of facts is ...EMPTY

https://youtu.be/Uy7grh_BZu8

Thanks to: Steven Tyler for the above!


16 posted on 05/14/2017 7:11:43 AM PDT by Grampa Dave (100+ days without Hilliarly/Huma as POTUS! Thanks, President Trump for this great reality!)
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To: Whenifhow


17 posted on 05/14/2017 7:23:04 AM PDT by onyx (Donate Monthly ~ Join 300 Club!)
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To: Grampa Dave; Steven Tyler



Thanks very much, Grampa Dave & Steven Tyler!

18 posted on 05/14/2017 7:25:32 AM PDT by onyx (Donate Monthly ~ Join 300 Club!)
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John Brennan needs to be put on a polygraph, indicted, tried and imprisoned drug out behind the building and shot right along with Hillary...

There, fixed it!

19 posted on 05/14/2017 7:41:54 AM PDT by Tonytitan
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In his May 8 testimony to a Senate Judiciary subcommittee hearing, Clapper confirmed what I said in January: the ICA reflected the views of only three intelligence agencies -- CIA, NSA and FBI – not all 17.

So much for the "all 17 agencies" talking point that we heard incessantly for months.

20 posted on 05/14/2017 7:52:44 AM PDT by Yardstick
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