WASHINGTON: Unlike the mainstream media, Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky is extremely inquisitive. He sent a letter to the director, CIA’s Gina Haspel, asking if her agency surveilled “Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders, John Kasich, Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, Jeb Bush,” and himself during the 2016 presidential race.
Deep State target
Of all the aforementioned candidates, the only one targeted by the Deep State, which also leaked selective portions of their tainted findings to the press, was President Trump.
And an IBD/TIPP poll last Feb. found 55 percent of Americans think it “likely” the Obama administration “improperly surveilled the Trump campaign during the 2016 election.” A surprising 31 percent of Democrats agree.
And Justice Department “classified documents” recently surrendered to the House Intelligence Committee confirm “a top-secret intelligence source… was part of the FBI’s investigation of the Trump campaign,” the Wall Street Journal reported.
Was placing an FBI’s spy inside the Trump campaign part of what high-ranking FBI agents Petr Strzok and Lisa Page meant when they texted one another concerning an “insurance policy” if Trump prevailed against Hillary Clinton?
Sen. Rand Paul: Not a love letter
Getting back to Sen. Paul’s letter, he asks the CIA’s Gina Haspel extremely interesting questions:
- “Under what circumstances does the CIA trail, monitor, or otherwise collect information on the communications and movements or U.S. presidential candidates?
- “Have you, or anyone else at the CIA, ever cooperated with any foreign intelligence service to surveil, monitor, or collect any information on candidate Trump during his travels outside the United States in the preceding five years?
- “Did the CIA or any other U.S. government agency conduct surveillance on, or engage in the collection of communication or information about then-candidate President Trump during his November 2016 visit to Great Britain?”
Spies and more spies
That last question from Sen. Rand Paul is most intriguing. It tends to suggest Trump-dossier compiler Christopher Steele may not have been, as we’ve been told, a “former” member of Britain’s foreign intelligence service MI6. In fact, Steele and Her Majesty’s government, with the help of Steele’s Kremlin contacts, appear to have cooperated with U.S. Deep State agencies in a smear campaign against the presidential victor of 2016.
Would Hillary Clinton have pulled the U.S. out of the Paris Climate Accord or the Iran nuclear deal to the displeasure of Europe, not to mention her greatest financial backer, Russia?
Tortured questions of the CIA’s Gina Haspel
The recipient of Rand Paul’s letter, President Trump’s nominee to head the CIA, Gina Haspel, is likely to be confirmed by the U.S. Senate. This despite vigorous opposition from Sen. Paul and leading Democrats like Sen. Kamala Harris.
At Haspel’s confirmation hearing, Harris asked,
“One question I’ve not heard you answer is, do you believe the previous interrogation [waterboarding] techniques were immoral?”
When Haspel began to explain it was the legal opinion of the Justice Department that “enhanced interrogation methods” were indeed permissible, Sen. Harris interrupted,
“I’m not asking do you believe they were legal, I’m asking do you believe they were immoral?”
What Gina Haspel knows about Khalid Sheikh Mohammed
Equally horrified by waterboarding’s “immoral” dimension was 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, known simply as KSM. He was waterboarded some 183 times before giving up intelligence that eventually led to the successful hunting down and killing of Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden.
According to KSM attorney David Nevin, his client, whose planned attack on U.S. soil killed more Americans than Japan’s attack on Pearl Harbor, wanted very much to give his opinion concerning Gina Haspel’s nomination to the Senate Intelligence Committee.
When National Public Radio’s Scott Simon asked Nevin how KSM’s written statement to the Senate could be relevant unless Haspel “held the cup of water over his [KSM’s] head,” Nevin declined to say.
He claimed his client’s answer is classified by the U.S. government.
You see, it was CIA female interrogators from “Alec Station” who broke KSM and other jihadists. According to NBC News, a former CIA official said the agency’s women were
“especially effective at interrogating terror suspects because of the combination of surprise and shame. Jihadists were stunned that women, whom they saw as inferior, had been chosen to question them.”
Imagine what interesting information awaits Sen. Rand Paul once Gina Haspel is head of the CIA. If, as attorney Nevin implied, Haspel participated in the interrogation of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, helping Seal Team Six in its takedown of bin Laden, what answers might she provide on her agency’s participation in covert operations against President Trump?
Could this explain the KSM-like drowning panic among so many Democrats?
Top Images: Senator Paul expresses his opposition to Gina Haspel’s appointment as CIA Director. MSNBC screen capture.