Trump Wants To Create A Secret "Spy Agency" To Fight Political Enemies
The spies would not have to answer to official intelligence agencies.
The Trump administration is trying to establish an international network of spies to keep tabs on those who are deemed enemies of the administration.
The network would be completely "off-the-books" with no obligation to report to official intelligence agencies.
The proposal for the network was believed to have been developed by Erik Prince, brother of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, retired CIA officer John Maguire, and Oliver North, a key figure in the Iran-Contra scandal.
The three envisioned an intelligence apparatus designed to reinforce the Trump administration's political agenda, which would be free to circumvent the existing US intelligence bureaucracy. It would report directly to CIA director Mike Pompeo.
Oliver North has been reportedly deemed the "ideological leader" of the initiative. He was brought in to lend credibility to the proposal.
Some of the individuals who have been involved in the scheme's development, have been reportedly in talks with major Trump donors, asking them to finance operations before any official contracts were signed.
If activated, the network would make use of an army of spies with no official cover in several countries that are considered "off-limits" for current US intelligence personnel. These include North Korea and Iran.
In addition, the White House is also considering creating a global rendition unit to capture terror suspects around the world. Also on the cars is a propaganda campaign in the Middle East and Europe to combat Islamic extremism and Iran.
It is believed that Pompeo has embraced the plan and is trying to pressure the White House to adopt it.