Senator Schumer on the power of the deep state

The new leader of Democrats in the Senate says Donald Trump is being “really dumb” for picking a fight with intelligence officials, suggesting they have ways to strike back, after the president-elect speculated Tuesday that his “so-called” briefing about Russian cyberattacks had been delayed in order to build a case.

“Let me tell you: You take on the intelligence community — they have six ways from Sunday at getting back at you,” said Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer Tuesday evening on MSNBC after host Rachel Maddow informed him that intelligence sources told NBC news that the briefing had not been delayed. 

“So, even for a practical supposedly hard-nosed businessman, he’s being really dumb to do this,” he added.

Source: Washington Examiner

Think about what Schumer said.   He said the Central Intelligence Agency is more powerful than the elected President of the United States, and the President is a fool to challenge the CIA.

Is this compatible with democracy?  with Constitutional government?

This is an example of the power of what’s been called the Deep State—interlocking institutions with power over public policy that are not accountable to the public.

Presumably President Obama was not such a “fool” as to take on the CIA, even if he disagreed with its conclusions.  This would explain a lot about his decisions on foreign and military policy.

LINKS

The Coup Against Trump, and His Military – Wall Street Defense by James Petras.

Did Chuck Schumer just threaten Donald Trump? by Tyler Durden for ZeroHedge.

Schumer warns Trump: Intel officials have ‘six ways from Sunday’ of getting back at you by Daniel Chaitin for The Washington Examiner.

The CIA Is Not Your Friend by Jordy Cummings for Jacobin.

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2 Responses to “Senator Schumer on the power of the deep state”

  1. Senator Schumer on the power of the deep state — Phil Ebersole’s Blog | gramirezblog Says:

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  2. The Shallow State « Unqualified Offerings Says:

    […] Phil Ebersole has blogged a clip of Chuck Schumer warning Trump to not mess with the CIA.  While I have no doubt that the CIA is a scary and occasionally competent organization, I’m no longer convinced that the “Deep State” means much in the US.  Or, at least, I’m not convinced that it’s on the side of Democratic technocrats the way that they thought it was.  For all I know, Hillary Clinton may have turned off key elements of the Deep State on a purely personal level, but surely they are Deep enough to understand that their interests are less about an individual’s personality and more about broad policy sympathies. […]

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