Intelligence community insiders are getting restless for a whistleblower to step forward.
By Philip Giraldi
WANTED: A sane, patriotic WHISTLEBLOWER, before Defense Secretary James (aka “Mad Dog”) Mattis and his equally mad four-star colleagues ignite a regional – or wider – war by escalating hostilities in Syria.
Sure, such a whistleblower would run afoul of CIA Director Mike (Mad Dog) Pompeo who, in his first public speech as head of CIA, amply demonstrated that his disregard for the Bill of Rights matches that of the other merry men to whom President Trump has given extraordinary powers.
Pompeo recently “confirmed” that it was the CIA that instantly concluded that the Syrian government was responsible for the April 4 “chemical weapons attack” in Khan Shaykhun, which persuaded Trump to fire cruise missiles at a Syrian airbase two days later. We were good, and fast,” Pompeo pompously added, “and we got it right.”
Trouble is that’s a half-truth. (Uncommonly fast? Yes. But right? No.). Trouble is many potential whistleblowers in the U.S. intelligence and armed forces communities know it to be a half-truth. Trouble is we all swore an oath to support and “defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies foreign and domestic.”
So, who will have the guts to step up to the plate this time, when the stakes are even higher?
Last time around, in the months before the US/UK attack on Iraq, the only intelligence officers with the courage to blow the whistle were from the UK (Katharine Gun of NSA’s British partner GCHQ), Australia (Col. Andrew Wilkie of the CIA-equivalent Office of National Assessments), and Denmark (Army intelligence officer Major Frank Grevil.)
NOTE for those thinking of doing the right thing this time: (1) Free experienced legal help is available. And (2) such whistleblower(s) would instantly make the short list of nominees for the annual Sam Adams Award for Integrity in Intelligence (see: samadamsaward.ch/) and could join the 15 awardees (including Katharine Gun and Frank Grevil) so honored, in the wake of 9/11 and the faux intelligence undergirding the flurry of wars it spawned