In what has become a fabulous bit of political branding by the Republican Party, the 51 former intelligence operatives who signed a letter arguing that Hunter Biden’s laptop scandal, which risked derailing Joe Biden’s 2020 Presidential bid, was Russian disinformation, are being called “The Spies Who Lie.”
As they say in the Russian fairytale, Cinderella, if the shoe fits…
After all, it turns out that the 51 intelligence operatives who signed the letter did so at the behest of none other than longtime Biden bagman, Antony Blinken (who is now the Biden Administration’s secretary of state).
The letter was disseminated at a point in the 2020 campaign that, if the Hunter Biden laptop story went unanswered by the Democrats, would have sunk the Biden Campaign.
Hunter Biden and Your Lying Letters
Indeed, polling after the 2020 election indicated that had the American voters known the extent of the scandalous materials found on Hunter Biden’s laptop, they would have voted for Donald Trump.
The Biden Campaign knew this, as did the 51 allies of the Democratic Party who just so happened to be former intelligence professionals. That was why they crafted the letter of lies and signed it—to give Joe Biden’s ailing 2020 campaign cover from Trump’s vicious attacks on the matter.
The US intelligence community (IC), with the exception of organizations like the FBI, is barred from operating on American soil. The powerful tools that the IC has at its disposal are forbidden from being used against the American people—especially during an election year.
Further, these rules extend to former intelligence officials as much as they do active intelligence officers.
These standards exist to protect what is supposed to be the non-partisan IC from politicization as much as they are designed to protect our democracy from an unelected, shadowy bureaucracy that can wield immense, unchecked power over our lives. Ironically, the 51 individuals who used their credentials to help to shield Joe Biden’s campaign in 2020 were doing so in the name of “our democracy.”
Yet, in the name of our democracy, they essentially violated basic democratic norms—and the tenets of their profession—to ensure that the will of the American voter could be subverted and manipulated in wholly undemocratic ways.
The Donald Trump Apocalypse
As an aside, far from being Russian disinformation, as the letter claimed, it turned out that the letter itself was Democratic Party disinformation meant to obscure the truthful reportage on Hunter Biden’s laptop from Hell.
The kingpin of the (now former) supposed “Intellectual Dark Web”, author Sam Harris summed up the mentality of the Left and, obviously, a chunk of the IC as it related to Joe Biden’s campaign against Donald Trump in 2020: they wouldn’t have cared if Hunter Biden had “corpses of dead children in his basement.”
According to the mentality of those who concocted the letter falsely claiming that the Hunter Biden laptop story was nothing more than Russian disinformation, they were content to preside over a “Left-wing conspiracy” to prevent a political rival from being fairly elected.
That’s because Trump represented something obviously different in their view. As Harris infamously said, Trump was the equivalent of a planet-killing asteroid speeding toward Earth.
At the risk of maundering, I suppose in Harris’ view, the Democrats were like the rag-tag group of oil drillers in the 1998 film Armageddon, being sent against all the odds to the asteroid surface to drill a hole there, plant a nuke, and blow the asteroid up from the inside before it could hit Earth.
Of course, this is an imperfect analogy because the Democrats hate fossil fuels and loathe blue-collar-types with a passion. Maybe these types of men remind them of their fathers or the kids who used to bully them at lunchtime when they were children.
Still, these were the apocalyptic terms in which the Left viewed President Trump.
It’s why they giddily broke every norm and shattered every institutional guardrail of our hallowed democracy to pursue Trump and defeat him in 2020—even weaponizing intelligence operatives and, ostensibly their agencies, to achieve such a herculean task.
The Russia Collusion Lie Connection to the Hunter Biden Laptop Letter
It’s interesting to see just who was involved in the signing of this letter.
The list is a compendium of the who’s-who of politicized intel operators. Notably, James Clapper, the former Obama era Director of National Intelligence (who, a former colleague of his once described to me as a “Red Diaper Baby”) is now scheduled to appear before the House committee investigating the letter.
Clapper was one of the architects of what became known as the “Russia collusion delusion.” Former Obama CIA Director John Brennan and a multitude of others who were key players in the Russian collusion lie that sucked up the first two years of Trump’s presidency signed on to the Hunter Biden laptop disinformation letter.
As a reminder, during the 2016 Presidential Election, Donald Trump and senior campaign aides were accused of either being compromised by Russian intelligence or willing agents of influence for Russian intelligence.
Russia’s goal, according to the Democrats, the Obama Administration, and Hillary Clinton’s disastrous presidential campaign in 2016, was to undermine Clinton’s chances of being president because she represented such a grave threat to Russian strategic interests whereas Trump was a pal of Putin’s (because during the campaign he earnestly stated that he wanted to have good relations with Putin and other world leaders).
This piece is not about debunking all the ways that the Russian collusion delusion was not just inaccurate but that it was a patent and grotesque fabrication behind which the IC got as a means to undermine, impugn, and ultimately destroy Trump’s presidency.
That has been proven over the last five years. First, the FBI director who was tapped to be the special counsel leading the investigation into Trump-Russia ties, Robert Mueller, concluded that there was no collusion between Trump and Russian intelligence in 2016.
Then, the Department of Justice (DOJ) attorney, John Durham, who was asked by former President Trump to investigate the Hillary Clinton campaign for spreading disinformation about his purported ties to Russia, found that the FBI should have never even opened any investigation into accusations of Trump-Russia collusion.
What I find fascinating is that, for all of Trump’s expansive conspiracy theories, there was a real, very dangerous (for our democracy) conspiracy afoot from the moment that Trump announced his unlikely bid for the presidency in 2016.
If anything, the existence of this ridiculous letter signed by the very same geniuses who brought us the Russia collusion myth in 2016, proves that such a deranged conspiracy existed to oust Trump.
The most troubling part in this whole affair is that their multi-year plan, sadly, worked.
While I fear that Donald Trump has gone off the deep end, he is right about one thing: this country—including him—deserves a little bit of revenge for the abuses that these pampered princes (and princesses) of the intelligence community proudly engaged in to undermine and weaken the very democratic state that they were sworn to protect.
The Spies Who Betrayed Their Constitutional Oaths
The former intelligence officials who signed the letter obfuscating the public’s attention away from the legitimate scandal of Hunter Biden’s laptop from Hell are not only the “spies who lied”, they are enemies of the state who have betrayed their oaths to the US Constitution.
And they’re being rewarded for it.
More ominously, the Democratic Party disinformation letter signed by those 51 political hacks masquerading as intelligence operatives had a truly creepy addendum to conclude the list of signatures. The final line of the letter states that, “nine additional former IC officers who cannot be named publicly also support the arguments in this letter.”
Just to translate, that means that these nine people remain dug into the national security bureaucracy like ticks on a bull’s ass in a Wyoming summer and they do not want to identify themselves and paint a target on their backs.
They’ll Do It to the Next Republican President…
This is because they represent an entire cadre of bureaucrats in the nat-sec community who are operating essentially as poison pill personnel for the next Republican administration. They will be brought into positions of trust based on their credentials and experience and then subvert the “totally Hitler” next GOP leader in the White House.
Irrespective of your political opinion, the fact that this scandal has persisted for as long as it has should worry every American.
Our government cannot serve We, The People, so long as there exists a counter, shadow government inside of it. The next president must make dismantling this shadow government a key tenet of their campaign.
Otherwise, our democracy is truly doomed.
A 19FortyFive Senior Editor, Brandon J. Weichert is a former Congressional staffer and geopolitical analyst who is a contributor at The Washington Times, as well as at American Greatness and the Asia Times. He is the author of Winning Space: How America Remains a Superpower (Republic Book Publishers), Biohacked: China’s Race to Control Life (May 16), and The Shadow War: Iran’s Quest for Supremacy (July 23). Weichert can be followed via Twitter @WeTheBrandon.