The CIA’s primary mission is to protect America from all threats, foreign and domestic. Its methodology includes data mining, analyzing national security information from across the globe and gathering intelligence from people. Thus, the CIA has agents everywhere to obtain as much information as possible to assess threats against America.
So, how is it that a CIA agent deems an international phone call by President Trump a national security threat?
Whistleblowers Have Been Controversial (at Best)
Whistleblowers themselves are already concerning and have a shady history. Edward Snowden and Julian Assange revealed extremely sensitive information in an attempt to get Americans to “wake up” to the threat our government poses. Snowden worked through WikiLeaks, which appears to have connections with Russia as a propaganda outlet.
Agree or disagree with whistleblowers, they believe they’re justified in their actions after “seeing the light.”
Political Context Is Key
However, with so much anti-Trump rhetoric permeating the political sphere, it’s difficult to tell who’s being honest and who’s fabricating lies to delegitimize President Trump before the 2020 election. Democrats have been sitting on their impeachment scandal for months, and the timing of this impeachment inquiry is simply too convenient. The presidential elections are one year out and only now are the Dems putting all of their force behind their phony impeachment movement.
This convenient timing led many Republicans to question the validity of this whistleblower’s claims. After some digging, they found that the whistleblower form used to attack Trump was quietly revised just a few months ago. Although some news sources are skipping over the nuances behind this big reveal, the nature of what a whistleblower can report on is terrifying in its own right.
Are Whistleblower Forms Credible?
Though the whistleblower form was altered in August 2019, it didn’t change the requirements of who can submit a complaint. In fact, the form hasn’t substantially changed since May 2018. But, what constitutes acceptable evidence on the form is still dubious at best.
A whistleblower doesn’t need to have first-hand information of an event to fill out a form. The form itself does request first-hand information, but the statute doesn’t make this mandatory. If the individual only has second-hand information, they can fill out the form if the matter is believed to be an “urgent concern.”
The Inspector General then makes a judgment of these “urgent concerns” within 14 days of the complaint’s submission. If only second-hand information is on the form, then the IG determines whether or not the complaint will be passed up along the chain of command. In the case of Trump’s phone call with Ukraine’s president, the whistleblower form was deemed “credible” and worthy of further action.
The whistleblower submitted a form with only second-hand information in the midst of an extremely anti-Trump political climate; the form was approved. In light of this information, how is the CIA not a potential threat to our democracy?
THAT is the truly worrying part about this story. The CIA chose to act upon a claim with dubious sources. Dems immediately jumped on this opportunity to ignite the Trump impeachment movement.
Is this all a coincidence? Are whistleblower forms to be trusted? Comment below and let us know what you’re thinking!
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