The Wrong Way to Share Intelligence

There is nothing unusual about sharing intelligence, even sensitive intelligence. The United States does regular intelligence sharing with the English-speaking countries, and the United States and UK are particularly generous in the process of sharing. The CIA shares intelligence with key NATO, and conducts semi-annual meetings to share intelligence with Israel and Egypt. But it is most unusual for the president of the United States to take the lead role in sharing intelligence.

The Need for Whistleblowers

Despite the increasingly bizarre and even tyrannical behavior of Donald Trump, the mainstream media are still assuring Americans that our checks and balances are in play, and that the “guardrails” of democracy are in place. Serious pundits are even suggesting that the likelihood of impeachment has become greater and that the 25th amendment of the constitution, which offers protection against presidential disability, could be apt.

City Lights Books June 21st

KPFA and city lights books present “Whistleblower at the C.I.A. ” by Mel Goodman and talking with Daniel Ellsburg, hosted by Dennis Bernstein. Wednesday, June 21st at 7:30pm at the First Presbyterian Church, 2407 Dana, Berkeley, CA.

Appearance On America’s Democrats Podcast

This show features Melvin Goodman on Trump’s dangerous national security ploys. Susie Linfield warns progressives it’s time for a little humility. And Bill Press interviews Democratic strategist Brad Woodhouse.

April 27, The WNDC Lunch Program “America’s Russian Problem: A New Chapter”

On April 25 at 1pm, as part of the Woman’s National Democratic Club’s monthly “US Role in a Changing World” series; I will discussing “America’s Russian Problem: A New Chapter.”

The Disappearance of Bipartisanship on the Intelligence Committees

There is a political myth in Washington that the Senate and House intelligence committees, unlike other congressional committees, have been bipartisan and fair minded in their handling of political matters. Now that the chairman of the House intelligence committee, Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) has gone rogue by providing sensitive exculpatory intelligence documents to the President of the United States, the subject of a committee investigation, we are told that the intelligence committee can no longer be considered bipartisan. Well, we learned 25 years ago that the congressional intelligence committees were as politicized as any committee on the Hill.