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Is The White House About To Approve A Global, Private Spy Network That Would Circumvent Official U.S. Intelligence Agencies?

Erik Prince, a former Navy Seal and founder of private military contractor Blackwater USA, has been waiting to pitch his ideas to the US administration. Photo: AFP/Saul Loeb

The Intercept: Trump White House Weighing Plans for Private Spies to Counter “Deep State” Enemies

The Trump administration is considering a set of proposals developed by Blackwater founder Erik Prince and a retired CIA officer — with assistance from Oliver North, a key figure in the Iran-Contra scandal — to provide CIA Director Mike Pompeo and the White House with a global, private spy network that would circumvent official U.S. intelligence agencies, according to several current and former U.S. intelligence officials and others familiar with the proposals. The sources say the plans have been pitched to the White House as a means of countering “deep state” enemies in the intelligence community seeking to undermine Donald Trump’s presidency.

The creation of such a program raises the possibility that the effort would be used to create an intelligence apparatus to justify the Trump administration’s political agenda.

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WNU Editor: Erik Prince has proposed a lot of ideas to the White House. From privatizing the war in Afghanistan .... Will President Trump Support Erik Prince's Plan To Privatize The War In Afghanistan?, to sending mercenaries to Syria .... Are Western Mercenaries Heading To Syria? This private spy network is probably another one of his ideas. As to what is my take on a global private spy network .... I say for get about it. Focus on the present US intelligence community, put the people you trust in positions of authority, demote and/or fire those who have actively opposed your mandate. You do not need to create another spy network. You already have one with a $70 billion a year budget, warts and all.

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