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  • Kurt Brindley 12:17 pm on March 5, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Deep State, , , Intelligence Community, National Security Agency, , , , , , , , wiretaps   


    Duh! I sure as hell hope so.

    How better to learn what Vlady, The Puppet Master, Putin is up to than to monitor his puppets.

    If, based on what appears (day by day right before our twitter-filled eyes) to be the case, that Hitler-inspired Trump and his lot of unpatriotic stooges were, and probably still are, in naughty cahoots with the naughty Kremlin…

    Then not to have been monitoring the whole naughty unpatriotic lot of them puppets would, to me, have been…

    A blatant dereliction of duty.

    And we all know that former President Obama is no derelict.


    Anyway, as a contextual aside…

    The National Security Agency, an organization I worked for or supported while in the military and as a (don’t judge) Defense Contractor (Yes, I worked for Booz Allen for a bit. No, I never met Snowden.) for nearly 30 years*, has an unofficial motto:

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  • Kurt Brindley 8:00 am on February 17, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , DIA, , , , IC, Intel Community, Intelligence Community, Joseph Stalin, , ODNI, , ,   


    Let @TheRealDonaldTrump know with a relentless flurry of tweets that you oppose and resit any effort of his to Purge the Intelligence Community a la Joseph Stalin and other such tyrannical dictators and authoritarians past and present.

    And then, with just as much zeal if not more, tweet shout outs to the Intel Community to let them know that you support them in their tireless efforts to keep us safe and will oppose and resist a Trump Intelligence Purge by all means necessary, if necessary.

    Or something to that effect…

    Listed here are just a few of the more Trump-embattled IC organizations. You can see a list of all member organizations, including a brief overview of their mission, here



  • Kurt Brindley 3:16 pm on January 11, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: confirmation hearings, , , , Intelligence Community, , , , , , , , The Freak Show,   

    On today’s Freak Show, or as some call it, President-elect Trump’s Press Conference 

    On what I heard:

    • That Trump will not divest himself from his business
    • That Trump has at least considered running both his business and the United States simultaneously
    • That Trump believes the Intelligence Community is corrupt and is engaging in Nazi-like tactics in order to discredit him and his presidency
    • That Trump believes the Intelligence Community is without a moral compass
    • Pivots, deflections, bullying name-calling, and classifying as fake news any reporter or reporting that doesn’t put him or his incoming administration in a positive light

    On what I didn’t hear:

    • A categorical denial that he or anyone in his campaign/administration had contact with any Russian officials prior to or during the presidential campaign

    On what I think about what I heard from the confirmation hearings so far:

    • Senator Sessions scares me as Attorney General but I didn’t hear anything that I think will disqualify him or prevent his confirmation
    • General Kelly was endorsed by one of my public servant heroes Secretary Robert Gates so he’s cool and I think he will be an awesome Secretary of Homeland Security
    • Rex Tillerson’s hearing is still ongoing but he was endorsed by both Robert Gates and another public servant hero former Senator Sam Nunn so, even though I have serious concerns over his business ties and especially his relationship with Russia in general and Putin in specific, I will take their word that he is qualified and support him until I find reason to do otherwise



    • cindy knoke 3:20 pm on January 11, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      it’s going to get worse & worse~


    • nonsmokingladybug 3:42 pm on January 11, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      No wonder I got Vertigo, it’s from all the head shaking I did lately.

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    • pranabaxom 4:11 pm on January 11, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      We need to stay invested and engaged.

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    • Jackie Oldham 5:36 pm on January 11, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      I agree with you. Except that Tillerson’s wishy-washy answer about the Muslims ban, asking how and not why it could be done, troubles me. I still don’t trust him or Sessions because they seemed too eager to give the correct answers. And the questioners were too eager to get the right answers to that suit their various interests. My Fear continues l.

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      • Kurt Brindley 9:42 am on January 12, 2017 Permalink | Reply

        Well, I would deny the entire trump administration if I could but that is not possible; so regarding the eagerness, and pretending that this is a normal process and not a sideshow of the Freak Show as it is, most confirmation hearings are typically rubber-stamp events as both parties want to try to give the president the team he wants… so the bar is already low from the start.

        But you already know that I’m sure, so apologies for that.

        So, as the bar is already low, and as I am never as familiar with all the players as I should be, I always look to others whom I respect to see where they are with their support/relationship with an individual. It’s lazy but useful.

        Rubio and a couple others gave him a pretty good grilling but I’ll have to go back a relisten to his answers re: the Muslim ban as I wasn’t always as focused on the hearing as I should have been.

        However, now we have to suffer through today’s hearings so it all will be quite a grind and mind numbing…


  • Kurt Brindley 10:32 am on January 5, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , cybersecurity, , , , Intelligence Community, , , , , , ,   

    The Murky Link Between the Russian Cyber Threat and My Novel 

    This is a link to the live recent Senate Intelligence hearing regarding “Russian Hacking and Cybersecurity.”

    This is a murky link.

    This is a link to The Sea Trials of an Unfortunate Sailor, my book about the harsh realities of life in the navy during the Don’t Ask Don’t Tell era.

    What is the relevance of the murky link between the two?

    Probably none.

    But you won’t know for sure unless you watch the hearing to understand why the Russian hacking of our cyber space is threat to our sovereignty and read the book to understand why intolerance and bigotry is a threat to our humanity.


    • Alli Farkas 1:45 pm on January 5, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Oohhh, and now he wants to “restructure” the CIA and DNI–presumably because he and Mr. Flynn think they are “biased”…

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      • Kurt Brindley 4:20 pm on January 5, 2017 Permalink | Reply

        The DNI, Dubya’s creation, has always been an odd, futile position – budget execution without any operational authority. I’m surprised it’s lasted this long actually. Though, I see #Trump just named his pick for the the post so it’s still up in the air… as most things are with this new reality of ours.


  • Kurt Brindley 7:43 pm on December 30, 2016 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: boot licker, , жопа, , Intelligence Community, , , , sychophant, , , twitter diplomacy   

    Trump, The Benevolent 

    When it comes to bestowing praise and kindness upon murderous tyrant thugs, President-elect Trump has no equal…

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    • cindy knoke 7:56 pm on December 30, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Inaguration is getting closer, yuck!


    • acflory 7:58 pm on December 30, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      :( It’s going to be a long four years.


    • http://theenglishprofessoratlarge.com 8:21 pm on December 30, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Trump is Trump. The people who voted him into office must have been deaf and blind to his words while he was running. It was so evident where his so-called loyalties lay. Any of the voters who were alive during WW11 evidently forgot the rhetoric and bigotry of Hitler. I never believed that the American people would elect a dictator, but, sadly, that is what has happened. God save us all.


    • Alli Farkas 8:24 pm on December 30, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Whiskey Tango Foxtrot indeed!


    • Rajiv 11:14 pm on December 30, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      You know, your choice of Presidential candidates was very unfortunate.
      With Trump, cartoonists will have a field day. I doubt that Congress will let him do much.


    • Mary 7:08 am on December 31, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      I think that the US needs to be carefull with trusting Russia. Reason why we say “Keep your friends close and your enemies closer” is that you must know as much as possible about your enemy. Their every move, their strategies and basically what they are thinking. You must be prepared, in case they attack. You must also know when they are weak and vulnerable, so you can know when to close in on them. Not to become careless and have blind faith.


    • nonsmokingladybug 12:54 pm on December 31, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Trump must have a special interest in Russia. He is not even President yet and I cannot stand listening to him. This is the first time I will not watch an inauguration. This guy makes me ill. *Whiskey*Tango*Foxtrott (brilliant).


  • Kurt Brindley 10:55 am on December 14, 2016 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Andy Borowitz, Borowitz Report, , , , , Intelligence Community, , , , ,   

    Trumped Creatively or Creatively Trumped? 


    I try hard to think of something creative and non-Trump related to post whenever I fire this site up first thing… but obviously I have been and, as long as we continue to live in this alternate reality consumed by such an all consuming reality star presidente, I foresee I will continue to be unsuccessful in my efforts to be creative.

    Especially when there is such perfection as this to share.


    • Alli Farkas 10:58 am on December 14, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Gotta love Borowitz–he’s so good that a lot of folks can’t figure out it’s satire…(sigh)

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    • pranabaxom 11:03 am on December 14, 2016 Permalink | Reply


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    • avwalters 12:14 pm on December 14, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Is it just me, or now, when I “like” a post such as this, do others wonder whether if it goes direct to our FBI profile?

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      • Kurt Brindley 12:21 pm on December 14, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        Well, perhaps there is some comfort to be found in Trump’s beef with and disrespect toward the Intel Community in the fact that because of it the good folks of the IC may be more sympathetic and even prone to thinking and outrage such as ours…

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      • em4mighty 5:00 pm on December 14, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        my file gets thicker by the minute….

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      • earth2bella 6:56 pm on December 14, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        Rofl the FBI has bigger problems. No worries

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    • em4mighty 5:00 pm on December 14, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      oh my god. after everything else. i totally thought that was for reals. it’s so hard to tell reality from satire these days.
      in the newspaper article where i first read of his disdain for briefings, he referenced his next EIGHT years in office.
      i wish that had been satire.

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      • Kurt Brindley 1:16 pm on December 15, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        Let’s just hope that Borowitz satire does not end up as reality and Trumps eight-year plan ends up as the falsity.

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  • Kurt Brindley 1:09 pm on December 12, 2016 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , hacking, Intelligence Community, , , , , , ,   

    Silence is Consent 


    Because I proudly worked in the Intelligence Community for nearly thirty years before catching a nasty cold called leukemia, out of a sense of duty and obligation I rarely discuss publicly matters that involve it.

    However, because of my complete and utter disdain for Trump’s ascendency to the presidency, from the very beginning of his campaign to this very moment, it is hard for me to remain silent as he, to serve only his self-interests, politicizes the national security of the country he’s been voted in to protect by dismissing assessed serious acts of aggression by a foreign power and, while doing so, denigrates and shows a complete lack of understanding and respect for a community I know to be amassed with good, honest folk who want nothing more than to serve their country honorably in their humble efforts to keep it safe.

    Because of Trump and his self-serving interests, we are a less secure, more vulnerable nation.

    Even before taking office, Trump has failed us as Commander-in-Chief of the United States.


    • cindy knoke 1:19 pm on December 12, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Don’t worry. He’s says he’s smart, he doesn’t need daily intelligence briefings.
      Good God! What are we in for?


      • Kurt Brindley 1:22 pm on December 12, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        I don’t know, Cindy. I really don’t. I think anything is possible and most of it not good. I’ve never felt this way before and I do not like it.


    • Jackie Oldham 2:47 pm on December 12, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Thanks for this post and all your recent “politics” posts, which I have been following closely. I seem to have lost my “voice” in recent weeks, and I have not been able to write on my own page—my anger over this new, strange “America” has reduced me to a state of apoplexy. All I can do is click “like” on your posts and those of other blogs whose thoughts I respect and relate to. Don’t stop! The Struggle continues….

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      • Kurt Brindley 2:58 pm on December 12, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        The current state of affairs is affecting me as well. I just this morning mentioned to my son that I’m sure there will soon be a new mental health diagnosis that will be attributable to Trump. I haven’t been able to write creatively for some time now as all I can focus on is the fate of “America.” I like how you put it in quotes. I, too, will do that until things change for the better.

        I really appreciate your kind, encouraging comments, Jackie. Thank you.

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        • Jackie Oldham 11:32 pm on December 12, 2016 Permalink | Reply

          There’s already a name for it: “PTESD”, or post-trump election stress disorder. A gem I saw on Facebook, recently. Sigh….

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    • tanyafyfe 7:01 pm on December 12, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      I am so fearful of our future as a country but also on a global scale. If we start pumping emissions out and ignoring the science that is truly out there then the world will be hurling towards disastrous times at a greater rate than imagined. Narcissism isn’t pretty. All this country has done has boosted his ridiculously high self opinion and ego and I fear he could be unstoppable. And easily goaded. My husband and I both are dual citizens and we may retreat back to the Great White North. Its hard to consider than when we both worked hard to become American and we have been proud of that.

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      • Kurt Brindley 12:50 pm on December 14, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        Nothing makes me more honored and proud as an American than to meet another American who has become one by choice instead by chance like me. Please stay and fight for what you’ve earned and what I hope you still believe in, my friend and compatriot.

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        • tanyafyfe 12:05 am on December 15, 2016 Permalink | Reply

          We are staying and we are following the news closely. The nepotism with his kids scares me. My Canadian friends are screaming for us to come home but we have worked for close to 20 years to call America home. i want to help make this country as great as it can be, not great like it was 30 or 40 years ago.

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          • Kurt Brindley 1:19 pm on December 15, 2016 Permalink | Reply

            Well, at least you can take comfort in the fact that, if things do bottom out here, you have a pretty good fall back plan. Happy that you and yours are staying to fight the good fight. :)

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    • xmatman 7:15 pm on December 12, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Actually, the less he knows the better off we all may be.

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      • Kurt Brindley 12:53 pm on December 14, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        Hmm… maybe but I tend to believe that his woeful and willful ignorance puts us all, and by all I mean the global population, at greater risk.

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    • Alli Farkas 9:55 pm on December 12, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      “Comandante Donaldo”

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    • Bonnie Follett 1:58 pm on December 13, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Until we get rid of the T’ster I have been calling the new America “Trumperica” – what he’s setting up bears no resemblance to America as we knew it. Here’s the latest petition I signed – I encourage others to do so as well – If you agree that the electors should be briefed on the CIA’s info on Russian interference in the election, please sign: http://petitions.moveon.org/sign/direct-the-cia-to-declassify.fb49?source=s.fb.ty&r_by=1677356

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    • lookfabkim 6:09 am on January 27, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      I’m afraid of Trump. I’m even more afraid that they are just letting him get away with it all.


  • Kurt Brindley 4:04 pm on July 5, 2016 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , classified material, crimes, elites, email scandal, , , , Intelligence Community, , , presidential candidates   

    So here’s my conundrum… update #3 

    Okay… of course we knew Hillary Clinton wasn’t going to get indicted. And I don’t think Bill meeting with the Attorney General to ensure she didn’t get indicted really mattered. Elites don’t get indicted. Period.

    And, who knows, maybe a typical Intelligence Community peon being investigated for the same crime wouldn’t get indicted either.

    But we all know the IC peon would at least lose his or her access to classified material and/or his or her clearance, which would mean that he or she would be out of a job.

    ‪‎Hillary‬, of course, won’t lose her access, her clearance, or her candidacy for the president.

    What a farce.



    • juliabarrett 4:12 pm on July 5, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      I am so disgusted right now. I can’t even speak about it. My cynicism knows no bounds. #NeverHillary

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      • Kurt Brindley 4:17 pm on July 5, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        Yeah, it’s a sham; but the problem is mostly the system that we allow to control us. Hillary is just acting like a normal elite. I get more upset over General Petraeus essentially getting off scot-free after giving his lover classified material. Another elite. So, in response to your #NeverHillary, she’s still by far the lesser of two evils between her and Trump. Not even close.

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      • renemiller012058 11:59 am on July 6, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        If we took the whole system, wiped anyone out who had any sort of crooked curve in their “self description”, what would we have left to work with? Not much I’m afraid. There will always be ugliness, slanderous, adulterous, back stabbing, ladder climbing, liars, cheaters, even murderers! In fact, we probably have more people in our political world; people that we put into office, that are not law abiding citizens (if they are citizens to begin with). We have law-breakers, felons even though they have never been tried and convicted, they are hiding behind their political facade. ***Yep, just like those Nazi war criminals who collected 20 million in social security benefits. (SEE BELOW)
        But whose fault is this really? We are millions of controlled brains (some very smart and some not so very) running all over the place trying to vote for the people we think would best fill those shoes. But BEFORE WE VOTE, do we get to hear their background before they get into office?

        Maybe we, those American Citizens should begin to look at our laws? Could be that there are some changes in order and I don’t mean later before it’s too late either. Maybe those who want to run our America should have to fill some pretty strict rules, and fit into much bigger shoes? Think about it. If we vote for them and they are full of old problems, it’s not their fault for getting in to office!

        Now read this and get pissed off…..I did (sorry for my language guys)
        Are we really required to pay federal taxes? Why are we paying such high state taxes? I can understand some of it but did you know (the last I checked this was still happening) that we are still paying social security to Nazi war criminals?
        “Report: Ex-Nazis received $20 million in Social Security benefits | PBS … http://www.pbs.org/newshour/…/ex-nazis-got-20-million-social-security-watchdog-says/ PBS
        May 31, 2015 – A Social Security Administration watchdog found the agency paid $20.2 million in benefits to more than 130 suspected Nazi war criminals, …”
        “America has paid alleged Nazi war criminals millions in Social …
        theweek.com/…/america-paid-alleged-nazi-war-criminals-millions-social-se… The Week
        Between 1979 and 2007, at least 38 of 66 alleged Nazi war criminals were forced out of the U.S. but allowed to keep their Social Security benefits, according to a ..”

        Thanks for letting me vent; sorry I went on so long…you just hit a nerve I guess.


    • Mellow Curmudgeon 4:59 pm on July 5, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      That hashtag [#‎eliteslivesmatter‬…most] is so eloquent. While a few of the Enron scumbags did get indicted, villains who close their shirt sleeves with cufflinks are almost always 2big2jail.

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      • Kurt Brindley 5:09 pm on July 5, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        Yeah man… money and power like Enron stooges had isn’t always enough; money and political power like Clintons have usually is.

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    • Mani (A New Life Wandering) 5:40 pm on July 5, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      That hashtag! .. The whole thing pisses me off. It’s out of control.

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    • Don Massenzio 6:18 am on July 6, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      I’m not a Hillary supporter, nor do I support Trump. The reality is, we have two elites running for president. Neither will represent the common man or woman. You have to choose between two very bad candidates. Do you pick the intelligent one that lies and cheats or the ignorant, bigoted one that lies and cheats. Arsenic or cyanide?

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      • Kurt Brindley 12:14 pm on July 6, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        Arsenic, please. :(

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        • Don Massenzio 12:19 pm on July 6, 2016 Permalink | Reply

          Same unfortunate result.

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          • renemiller012058 8:24 pm on July 11, 2016 Permalink | Reply

            Isn’t this the same thing that happened four years ago? There was basically no one to choose from to vote for, so we gave the job to the only choice we had. I don’t know if I can recall what happened eight years ago, but I would bet we still had the same types of “two” to choose from.


      • rhythmprism 11:16 am on July 10, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        If you’re in a debate and you allow your opponent to frame the terms of an argument you’re trapped. I think the US public has allowed dominant political forces to define the terms of our election. Why only two choices? If we look around the world at other developed democracies, many have several options. We call alternatives to Democrats and Republicans 3rd parties, as though these are not viable alternatives. They’re not viable because we ignore them. We’ve allowed those who hold power to frame the argument in terms of ‘us’ or ‘them’. Mainstream media reinforces the either or paradigm because the media is part of the power elite. Think of the White House Correspondents’ Dinner. Politicians and media outlets represent the same power elite.
        We need to take our political system back. If we want alternatives to the two that are filtered out of a wide field in every election cycle, then we must encourage competition by supporting lesser known candidates. One place to start would be the debates. A 15% participation threshold means only those highlighted by mainstream media will be presented to the public. Think of the power that gives the media and their allies in the political elite. We should demand more voices, more choices. That’s a democracy

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    • Alli Farkas 9:37 am on July 6, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Here’s a fun comprehensive list of politicians and other government folk who were convicted of crimes, going all the way back to the late 1700’s. It’s interesting to see how pretty much evenly split the convictions are between the two parties. Also interesting to see how few actually went to prison, and how many got off with light fines, light sentences, or probation.

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      • Kurt Brindley 12:16 pm on July 6, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        Great list, as frightening as it may be. All I can say in response is… Sigh. At least the Cavs won the NBA Championship.

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