Saturday, April 15, 2017

Should Trump's White House visitors log be concealed?

    

    
     Please take poll: Should President Trump's Visitor's Log be blocked from public view?

     When the Trump White House announced that it would block public access to its visitor log, I thought of the Corey Pearson spy series “Penumbra Database” novel. In the novel, President Rhinehart used various subterfuges to hide or not reveal the real visitors to the Oval Office.

     Apparently, President Trump is directly blocking off media and public access to all officials he meets, a move which breaks away from the Obama administration’s practice of openness. President Trump and my fictional POTUS Rhinehart both placed a cloak of secrecy over the basic day-to-day happenings within the White House.


     In the Penumbra Database novel, it was done after frequent terrorist attacks against soft targets within America’s heartland. President Rhinehart met often with General Morrison of the secretive Caribbean Basin Interdiction Force. CBIF’s mission was to stop the flow of sleeper cell terrorists from sneaking into the U.S. from America’s vulnerable southern flank, the Caribbean Basin. It was a counterintelligence move; he wanted to shield his activities from the scrutiny of activists, lobbyists, both political adversaries and supporters, and from his aides as well. National security took priority over openness.

     Here’s a short transcript of one meeting between President Rhinehart and General Morrison, the director of CBIF:

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     Rhinehart looked back at Morrison, who was seated on a matching couch across from him. "As you know, our meetings never happen, especially this one."

          "I understand fully, sir." Morrison knew the modus operandi well. All his meetings with Rhinehart go unreported, so to speak. A fictitious name appears on the White House visitor's log and the press release simply says that the president had coffee and a chat with an outside consultant over "domestic and foreign policy issues." The records lack identifying details beyond the fabricated name, and typos often occur by design.

          On several occasions, Morrison used a name of someone who was cleared to enter the White House but never actually showed up. Since the surge in terrorist soft target hits on America intensified since 2018, the Supreme Court ruled that the White House can keep secret the records of visitors who enter the building. They're not subject to disclosure under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).

          "The intelligence that Corey Pearson gathered is very disturbing, indeed. I have sent the USS Caribbean Sea amphibious assault ship on a training exercise off the eastern coast of Great Abaco Island in the Bahamas."

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     Since terrorist sleeper attack cells haven’t attacked inside the U.S. for a while, I wonder if President Trump is correct in blocking access to his visitors log? Will someone challenge his move under the FOIA? The Trump White House communications director Michael Dubke said the decision to reverse the Obama-era policy of openness was due to “the grave national security risks and privacy concerns of the hundreds of thousands of visitors annually.” The current administration is relying on a federal court ruling that most of the logs are “presidential records” and are not subject to the Freedom of Information Act.

     What do you think? Please take the poll and see how your opinion compares to others: Should President Trump's Visitors Log be blocked from public view?

Robert Morton, M.Ed., Ed.S. writes about the U.S. Intelligence Community and is author of the Corey Pearson- CIA Spymaster in the Caribbean spy series.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Israel's Mossad spy agency took on honorable mission


    

     True, the Israeli spy agency Mossad has some negative media attention and is frowned upon by some Western intelligence agencies for spying on them. Still, I commend Mossad for one of the most beneficial covert operations conducted by any spy agency...the abduction of the fugitive Nazi war criminal Adolf Eichmann. They captured him in Buenos Aires and brought him back to Israel where he was hung in 1962.


     Mossad operative Rafi Eitan was named leader of an eight-man team, most of whom were Shin Bet agents. They arrived in Buenos Aires in April 1960, after Eichmann's identity was confirmed, and put him under surveillance until they had his daily routine down pat. Eichmann arrived home by bus from work at around the same time every evening, so they jumped him as he walked by a vacant meadow by the bus stop he so often used. The mission was almost abandoned on the day they planned to abduct him, for he didn’t show up at the bus stop at the usual time. The team stayed in place, waiting, and a half-hour later Eichmann arrived and got off the bus. Mossad agent Peter Malkin nonchalantly walked up to him and asked in Spanish if he had a moment. Eichmann panicked and tried to leave, but two more Mossad men appeared from the meadow and the three wrestled him to the ground. After a struggle, they forced Eichmann into a waiting car and hid him on the floor under a blanket.
     It was a wonderful Mossad mission because of the nature of Adolf Eichmann. He was in charge of transporting millions of Jews to concentration camps, where they were gassed to death. Eichmann said towards the end of the war that he would leap laughing into the grave because the feeling that he had five million Jews on his conscience would be for him a source of extraordinary satisfaction.
     Thank you for that one, Mossad!

Robert Morton, M.Ed., Ed.S. is a member of the Association Of Former Intelligence Agencies and writes about the U.S. and foreign intelligence agencies. He is author of the Corey Pearson- CIA Spymaster in the Caribbean spy series.



Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Where Britain's MI6 agents are trained

     MI6 remains a rather elusive intelligence agency, so the actual training facility may be plural, “facilities.” We all know that CIA case officers are trained at the “Farm” in a remote part of Virginia, but agent training for MI6 may take place in some locations that are unknown. However, it appears the publicly-known training facility is at Fort Monckton in Portsmouth. It’s also referred to as “No.1 Military Training Establishment” by the British Army and Britain’s  Ministry of Defence is located there.

MI6 training occurs at Fort Monckton, Portsmouth

     Former MI6 agent Richard Tomlinson wrote the book “The Big Breach,” where it’s mentioned that Fort Monckton is the Secret Intelligence Service’s (MI6) field training center, the place where MI6 agents learn basic and advanced field training tactics.

Journey through the Caribbean islands and Florida Keys with CIA Spymaster Corey Pearson!

     MI6 (SIS) agents train for six months in the “Intelligence Officer's New Entry Course” (IONEC) program and learn how to recruit and handle agents, how to operate under a cover identity and various tradecraft skills such as the use of dead drops, surveillance and counter-surveillance techniques, secret writing and the use of codes. This all takes place at Fort Monckton, Portsmouth.

     But, as mentioned above the SIS is flexible and may have other ephemeral training facilities elsewhere. For example, SIS had its hands in teaching Mujahideen fighters to use heavy weapons on islands off Western Scotland. The SAS Revolutionary Warfare Wing (RWW) did the actual training, but SIS agents were present. The Mujahideen soldiers were shuttled between Scotland and Pakistan by a C-130 operated by a small cadre of RAF special forces pilots, who worked closely with SIS operations.
Robert Morton, M.Ed., Ed.S. writes the "Corey Pearson- CIA Spymaster in the Caribbean" spy series.

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

March 1, 2017 "Spy Agency Happenings!": Trumps ties to Russia

President Trump's financial and personal ties to Russia remain
murky, for now
 
     This March 1, 2017 issue of "Spy Agency Happenings!" focuses on Trump's overall relationship with the U.S. Intelligence Community. Here's some highlights:
  • President Trump keeps Tweeting negative comments about Intelligence Community.
  • Should a special prosecutor probe into Trump's ties to Russian?
  • Trump's orders renew tension with U.S. spy agencies.
  • What is the scope of the U.S. Intelligence Community's investigation into Trump's ties to Russian?
  • Trump disrupts the Western spy alliance.
  • Security analyst claims Trump will gut the Intelligence Community to cover up Russian hacks. 
     There's also plenty of relevant videos to watch, too! Enjoy!

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Should a special prosecutor probe into Trump's ties to Russia?

    
Trump paid "100's of millions" by Russian oligarchs


      Today, a top Republican legislator said America needs a special prosecutor to investigate Trump's alleged ties to Russia? What do you think? Please take the POLL and see how your opinion compares with others. Feel free to leave a comment if you wish:
Should a special prosecutor investigate Trump's ties to Russia?
 
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Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Have Jeff Sessions appoint special prosecutor for Flynn case.

Russian President Vladimir Putin sits next to Flynn at an exhibition marking the
10th anniversary of RT (Russia Today) in Moscow on Dec. 10, 2015. Photo taken
by Mikhail Klimentyev/AP 

     Did Mike Flynn break the law when he talked to the Russian Ambassador? Did the Trump campaign contact Russian intelligence services? What is the relationship between Trump's team and the Russian government? What did Stephen Bannon and Donald Trump know, and when did they know it?
     We, the American people deserve answers. That's why I signed a petition to Jeff Sessions, Attorney General, which says:


 "As an advisor to the Trump campaign, Attorney General Jeff Sessions is too close to the situation. We call on Sessions to recuse himself and appoint a special prosecutor to investigate."

Will you sign the petition too? Click here to add your name:
http://pac.petitions.moveon.org/sign/tell-jeff-sessions-appoint?source=s.fwd&r_by=92729

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