The BIG story this weekend is about President-Elect Donald Trump not really caring much about the intelligence community he will inherit in a little more than a month….
While he says he ‘s ‘ Smart’ and doesn’t much need their help to view the world….(And doesn’t like sitting to listen to ANYTHING for long periods of time) and has made a point that some of the stuff given to him is redundant….
THAT isn’t sitting well with the people who he will have to deal with in that world and Congress….
Trump WILL have to come some sort of middle ground on this to be an effect President…..
But his comments highlight a reality about the countries intelligence community….
They do NOT really row tougher often and agencies are distrustfull actually of each other often….
And the Intel business , by its nature , IS complex and often contradictory ..Something Trump avoids…..
There are splits both within the intelligence agencies and the congressional committees that oversee them. Officials say the C.I.A. and the N.S.A. have not always shared their findings with the F.B.I., which they often distrust. The question of how vigorously to investigate also has a political tinge: Democrats on the Senate Intelligence Committee, for example, are pushing hard for a broad investigation, while some Republicans are resisting.
Intelligence can also get politicized, of course, and one of the running debates about the disastrously mistaken assessments of Iraq that Mr. Trump often cites is whether the intelligence itself was tainted or whether the Bush White House read it selectively to support its march to war in 2003.
But what is unfolding in the argument over the Russian hacking is more complex, because tracking the origin of cyberattacks is complicated. It is made all the harder by the fact that the C.I.A. and the N.S.A. do not want to reveal human sources or technical abilities, including American software implants in Russian computer networks….Share on Facebook