This video below is a report from Lawrence O'Donnell's show on MSNBC last night, based on an article that was initially reported in The Intercept by Matthew Cole. Before getting directly to it, though, I love O'Donnell's introduction to the piece, noting how a question raised in that day's White House press briefing was so utterly ludicrous that in any other administration the reporter would be thrown out in shredding ridicule but nowadays it was business as usual. The question was about reports of the Trump administration looking into developing its own global, private spy network that would report directly to the president and circumvent "Deep State" forces in the intelligence services.
Particularly notable, too, is the initial half-hearted dismissal of the question by press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders (rather than tearing such an outrageous "Fake" news inquiry to pieces), and then later -- as more investigation came to light -- the White House actually having to announce a correction to her answer. They acknowledged that there actually have been conversations about it, but nothing (supposedly...) with the president, and that it's just (supposedly...) in the early stages of discussion, nothing more.
O'Donnell and Cole, along with CIA analyst Ned Price have a very good, thoughtful, and pointed conversation about it all.
Robert J. Elisberg is a political commentator, screenwriter, novelist, tech writer and also some other things that I just tend to keep forgetting.
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