Will Trump Really Appoint Mike Rogers As The New Director Of National Intelligence?

Submitted by: lalapancakes 1 year ago in News & Politics

There's a rumbling in the crooked branches of the U.S. Intelligence Community that President Elect Donald Trump wants to switch out President Bush and Obama’s long time favorite, and current Director of National Intelligence, James Clapper. As Clapper considers his future, embroiled NSA Director Admiral Mike Rogers took an unannounced leave to meet with Trump a week ago, presumably to talk about national logistics and plans. Rogers is expected to be Trump’s pick to oversee America's 16 U.S. intelligence agencies and it couldn’t have come at a better time for the appointee, I’d say. He was about to get tossed out of the NSA for essentially overseeing two more security breaches by two unrelated suspects in the Tailored Access Operations branch of the NSA. One suspect had red flags galore, from being a full-on alcoholic to getting caught impersonating a cop. The other suspect has not been publicized.

Both Clapper and Defense Secretary Ashton Carter had both made recommendations to Obama that Rogers has to go.

And although looking over Rogers's work record might indicate agency wide low morale, m.i.a. leadership, and alleged lax security in the agency, as reported by the Washington Post and New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and Jezebel show him in a nicer light. And yes, I did just put Jezebel in the same sentence as Washington Post, New York Times, and the Wall Street Journal. This is what 2016 has brought us to.

The Journal shows Rogers having a reasonable issue in managing both government and contractor expectations of cyber security, and one writer at Jezebel pointed out how Rogers has essentially been the only one to come out, in the intelligence community, to say Russia played a role in Trump’s election.

Interesting to see the difference of opinion between those four sources. And an interesting time we live in, indeed with more to come. On a personal note, of all the jobs available to work in your lifetime, why in the fuck would you take a career for a hyper-authoritarian arm of the law which treats you as an enemy combatant every day, just to get to your desk? Is that a part of the "company perks?” I'd be a terrible spy.

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