Despite the initial reaction many of you may experience, gentle readers, WOOF means this headline seriously. Must President Obama corrupt our most trusted guardians throughout the Cold War—the CIA and the NSA, together with such other beloved institutions as NASA and SAC? Oh, wait a minute; it was actually Bill Clinton who got rid of the Strategic Air Command, he having overdosed on Dr. Strangelove, and Fail Safe; and what with the enormity of his own scandals weighing upon him in tandem with his loathing for the U.S. military, America’s super-competent Air Force deterrent to Russian aggression must have struck him as insufficiently “cute and adorable” to be retained. Whatever the case, Curtis LeMay’s shining tribute to monomaniacal professionalism proved a bellwether for other institutions on the cusp of decay or extinction. For example, presidents and politicians once sensibly demurred at the notion of arousing J. Edgar Hoover’s ire (tutu or no tutu), and his agents were accorded the respect due G-men whom Jimmy Stewart and Efrem Zimbalist Jr. portrayed on film In the glory days of the FBI it struck terror into the hearts of gangland renegades and communists alike, only to deteriorate over recent decades into politically-correct disarray—the sort of disarray that nowadays allows a tip from Russian intelligence agencies recommending a close look at Tamerlan Tsarnaev (one the now-infamous Tsarnaev brothers who attacked the Boston Marathon with loaded pressure cookers) to fall through the cracks…
…or fields the profoundly phlegmatic current director, Robert Mueller, to Benghazi to “investigate the scene” nearly 5 months after the attack on our consulate, and long after all the evidence has been scooped up by locals and CNN reporters. Upon his return, you will recall, Director Mueller announced that the violence in Libya could possibly be the work of Al Qaida. He then proceeded to testify in June before a congressional committee respecting the FBI’s investigation of the IRS scandal, informing the committee that he had no idea who was leading the investigation, how many agents were assigned to it, when it started, who if anyone had been interviewed, what if anything had been learned, or why the bureau targeted victims of the IRS probes for investigation before its investigation had officially begun, or whether this was done in coordination with the IRS. He just didn’t know. WOOF knows, but not Director Mueller.
Well, in the wake of Ruby Ridge and Waco, it seemed almost reassuring to suppose that Meuller’s stint as director had led to a new era of feckless inanition at the FBI, but the bureau’s political partisanship became manifest in its director’s studied obliviousness before congress, and it made WOOF sentimental for the days when the FBI was on the side of the angels…the 50’s, when American kids turned on their TVs and saw the truth of the communist menace laid bare in programs like I Led Three Lives. That was a good show! Every episode started out with Richard Carlson belting some Red creep in the jaw—knocking him over a fire escape landing, while the narrator solemnly intoned, “This is the story of how America strikes back!” WOOF gets tingles up and down its legs just thinking about it!
Goodbye, Good Spies!
Meanwhile, the Central Intelligence Agency seems to be suborned, at least in its loftiest strata of command, by the creeping ooze of socialist totalitarianism. This slide began with Jimmy Carter’s appointment of the moronic Admiral Stansfield Turner as CIA director in 1977. Henry Kissinger once quipped that, “Stansfield Turner couldn’t command a row boat.” And under his mismanagement the agency’s devotion to battling communism internationally began to erode, even as the clandestine action force was denuded of its potency and essentially put out to pasture. William Casey led a brief renaissance during the Reagan administration, but Casey’s death signaled an end to the days of enlightened, hard-line directors—a farewell to the ethos of Allen Dulles, Richard Helms, Jim Schlesinger and William Colby. Instead the Carter years ushered in the era of top-level sycophancy at Langley that extended through the Clinton years with the arrival of John M. Deutch (a Democrat chemist) and was most recently exemplified by the sad example of General Petraeus shrugging off his Benghazi findings, soft-soaping his criticisms of the administration, and scooting out the door with Obama holding a stack of private emails over his head.
This unhappy devolution at the CIA was interrupted briefly by President (“W”) Bush’s appointment of Porter Goss as DCI. Goss attempted to halt the Agency’s slide into political correctitude and fangless multicultural analysis, but by then the fix was in. Goss was ousted by a rebellion of his own lieutenants, most of whom have since served the cause of uniting the agency with the Department of State and the Department of Homeland Security, which is merely to say they have functioned as janissaries of Obama-ism. The result is a shift of the CIA’s focus from standing watch against the adversaries of freedom abroad to suppressing details related to the administration’s malefactions and derelictions at home and abroad.
Phony scandal, real cover-up
The latest evidence of this amounts to what even CNN calls “an unprecedented attempt to keep the spy agency’s Benghazi secrets from ever leaking out.” Under the direction of newly arrived Obama-ite, John O. Brennan (who was confirmed despite Rand Paul’s valiant filibuster) the CIA seems determined to hound its own personnel into abject silence despite a general desire among the ranks of field operatives to testify before congress regarding the administration’s blunders and willful, criminal acts. The effect of this has been numerous leaks within CIA about the massive amounts of coercion being brought to bear against potential leakers of the Benghazi facts.
Beginning in January, WOOF knows that CIA operatives involved in the agency’s Libyan operations have been subjected to massive intimidation by Brennan and his managerial cadre who have made it “vividly clear” as one operative told WOOF, that any effort to testify honestly before a congressional committee should be considered an immediate career ender. Lifestyle and loyalty polygraphs are routine at the agency, but are normally administered bi-annually and in many cases less frequently than that. Agency personnel in the know about Benghazi are now being polygraphed monthly or even twice a month at Brennan’s direction, with the stated objective of discovering whether anyone is talking, or thinking of talking, to congress. WOOF knows that the threats bandied about include insinuations regarding the “health” of spouses and children.
It seems that as many as 40 CIA operatives may have been on the ground the night of the battle in Benghazi. Several are said to have been wounded. Congressman Frank Wolf (R-VA), whose district covers Langley, Virginia, where the CIA makes its home, accurately characterized the agency’s shenanigans as “…a form of a cover-up,” adding, “… it’s an attempt to push it under the rug, and I think the American people are feeling the same way.” Of course, the majority of the American people, as WOOF has repeatedly pointed out, remains focused like a laser on the Zimmerman/Martin case, whether Johnny Depp intends to quit acting, and the shocking recent arrival of Britney at LAX sans make up. Most Americans still think Ben Ghazi is that actor who played the evil rich guy in Road House. But we forgive Congressman Wolf his unfounded optimism, because he continues to insist that, “We should have the people who were on the scene come in, testify under oath, do it publicly, and lay it out. And there really isn’t any national security issue involved with regards to that.” Wolf insists that hundreds of agency personnel were outspokenly eager to testify before his committee, only to go chillingly silent as the lid was lowered from on high.
Republican members of congress have also officially requested that James Comey, the new head of the FBI, brief them on any Benghazi findings next month. WOOF predicts that James Comey will prove himself as blissfully ignorant as his predecessor. He won’t know much about who really oversaw the Flying Tsarnaev Brothers’ assault on the Boston Marathon, either—trust us!
A conspiracy so glaring, even CNN noticed!
In a special report, CNN floated the notion that a CIA team was operating out of an annex to the American consulate transferring missiles from Libyan armories to Syrian rebels fighting to overthrow Bashar Assad, (the psychopathic Syrian despot who has the really pretty wife even though he has a very small head, which fact he emphasizes by wearing ridiculously large neckties). But, while replacing Assad with the better organized and more grandly malevolent Al Qaida is certainly an outcome dear to the hearts of the Obama regime, the idea that the CIA would go to such lengths to disguise its participation as to stash possible witnesses around the country replete with brand new identities and professions, a la “witsec,” seems improbable. Why engage in such exertions to cover up a relatively routine, even arguably salubrious, operation in Libya? No, Wooferians, the intent is to hide Obama’s dirty laundry, and WOOF suspects it has nothing to do with a scheme to shoot rockets at Assad, which although injudicious in the circumstances, would hardly seem scandalous, winning as it would, the predictable support of John McCain and the timorously compliant RNC presence in both houses.
We remain, as a people, ignorant of the actual reason that Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans were killed in Benghazi during an eight hour battle to which the Obama administration responded by telling its available forces in the vicinity to do nothing whatsoever. WOOF knows also that by September 14th the White House had collaborated with the State Department and the CIA to evolve the infamous “talking points,” designed to convince the world that a few street ruffians became exercised over an amateur movie about the prophet Mohammed that nobody ever saw and went spontaneously berserk–the cover story Susan Rice was then dispatched to sell the nation on the Sunday shows even as Our Beloved Helmsman repeated the same drivel to the United Nations. We also now know that nobody in Arabia ever heard of that movie until the Administration made sure they knew about it. But all of this, terrible and treacherous as it is, is not the main thrust of WOOF’s current complaint.
No, the gravamen of this column, gentle readers, is that organizations once committed to fighting the bad guys of the world on behalf of the American people are now increasingly devoted to picking on citizens of the united States who displease the Obama Regime for any of numerous reasons. Similarly, drones used to kill terrorists (good) are now becoming drones used to spy on American homes (bad) and the WOOF cave (really bad), while the National Security Agency, once an agency devoted to monitoring the communications of our multifarious adversaries abroad has now moved into an expanded, modernized facility in Utah the purpose of which is primarily to store all the communications of America’s citizens for potential political cherry picking. This highlights the difference between what the NSA was created to be, namely an organization dedicated to the global monitoring, decoding, translation and analysis of foreign signal intelligence for the purposes of counterintelligence–and what it is now becoming, namely a high-tech American Gestapo.
Defending the indefensible?
While WOOF appreciates the old-school defense-oriented conservatism of patriots like Michele Bachmann and Peter King who perceive the defense-related benefits of a nearly omniscient NSA, and also appreciates the desire of Republicans like Justin Amash to severely curtail the NSA’s power through legislation, given its recent abuses, the sad fact is that they are all mistaken. Amash’s looming 11 propositions to clearly delimit the NSA’s prerogatives won’t work, because Obama won’t enforce them even if he signs off on them, and patriotic intentions won’t suffice to prevent the administration’s manipulation of the massive power of the NSA to subjugate Obama’s American critics, even as it used the IRS to identical purpose. No, the only hope for any of us is to recreate the days in which American presidencies were committed to battling America’s adversaries rather than America’s advocates. Sadly the Obama administration (and liberalism generally) has long held that the greatest threat to the sovietization of the United States emanates from the population of the United States and must be ruthlessly suppressed.
How do we return to the days of James Jesus Angleton at Langley, and Herbert Philbrick at the FBI? How do we restrain these cold-war juggernauts from imposing on us the very style of communist oppression they were created to combat? Only by re-establishing the primacy of constitutional law and electing presidents who respect the Founders’ vision—and that means hard work, Woofketeers. The enemy is well inside the gates, and the eleventh hour is at hand. But we can do it, fellow reactionaries! We can do it, like-minded libertarians, awakened independents, and patriotic remnants amid the hoi polloi! And as always you can count on Watchdogs of Our Freedom to lead the fight, so rally to us and let us advance en masse toward the election of 2014, and the shining triple constellation of capitalism, constitutionalism, and liberty! And don’t forget to breathe!