Trump Replaces Flynn with Boss of Super-Secret Surveillance Firm


This is curious.

Donald Trump has called the Iraq war a disaster. But now with the hiring of General Keith Kellogg to be his National Security Advisor he’ll be listening to advice from a key player in that war.

I have no explanation for why Kellogg was the President’s choice.

Libertarians for Trump aren’t going to like this choice at all. From where I sit, Kellogg looks like a mole planted by the CIA to lead Trump to make bad decisions.

Example: Reuters and many other news organizations have reported that Trump expects Russia to hand over the Crimea to the Ukraine. That would be like Russia demanding that the U.S. turn over Florida to Cuba. It’s totally insane. The Crimea has been a part of Russia for hundreds of years and the people voted by a large margin (97 percent?) to be a part of Russia.

Lew Rockwell

Mike Flynn’s out. He resigned as Trump’s advisor this evening after a chorus of calls for him to step down for an alleged relationship with the Russians. This fits the narrative used by Democrats since the election: Putin and the Russians influenced the vote somehow, although nobody can tell us how exactly. Trump and his supporters are in league with them, according to the narrative.

Flynn will be replaced by retired Gen. Keith Kellogg.

Kellogg has an interesting history. In addition to his disastrous mismanagement of the Coalition Provisional Authority in Iraq, Kellogg was president of Abraxas, a wholly owned subsidiary of Cubic Corporation. Cubic provides diversified systems and services to the transportation and defense markets worldwide, according to MarketWatch.

In 2006, The LA Times reported on Abraxas:

In the burgeoning field of intelligence contractors, an especially aggressive upstart is Abraxas Corp., a privately held company that has assembled a deep roster of CIA veterans to handle a wide range of clandestine assignments — including secret work for an elite team of overseas case officers.

The company was founded by a group of former high-ranking agency employees, led by Richard “Hollis” Helms, a longtime overseas officer in the Middle East and onetime head of the CIA’s European division, and Richard Calder, who was the agency’s deputy director for administration.

Abraxas is right down the street from the CIA.

The company occupies an unmarked, third-floor office suite in McLean, Va., two miles from CIA headquarters. It has mainly specialized in providing veteran operatives and reports officers for positions in overseas stations and at CIA headquarters.

Abraxas is responsible for TrapWire, a tech company that develops a homonymous predictive software system designed to find patterns indicative of terrorist attacks.

The secretive project was discovered through a WikiLeaks disclosure in 2012 after emails were hacked from Strafor, often described as a shadow version of the CIA.

TrapWire uses a series of surveillance cameras around the country and also abroad to detect “suspicious behavior.” The system is reportedly located in every high-value target in New York City.

The system is sold to local law enforcement. From RT:

PrivacySos reports that a website maintained by the US Homeland Security Department’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) includes TrapWire as a product for sale to law enforcement agencies and first responders. It’s there that the background and operational concept of the system are described in detail and direct curious customers to for more information. When a link to the URL is clicked, the banner at the top of the developer’s homepage described Abraxas as “A Cubic Company.” On the FEMA page, the product information is detailed as provided directly by Abraxas Applications.

Sounds pretty much like a CIA front organization operation.

If Kellogg replaces Flynn, we can undoubtedly expect an expansion of the surveillance state and its associated industries.

In late 2015, Trump said in an interview he tends “to err on the side of security” and restoring parts of the Patriot Act that have been amended would “be fine.”

Trump’s CIA director, Mike Pompeo, introduced legislation to block the USA FREEDOM Act in 2015. The act enacted on June 2, 2015 restored in modified form several provisions of the Patriot Act, which had expired.

Reprinted from Another Day in the Empire.

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9 thoughts on “Trump Replaces Flynn with Boss of Super-Secret Surveillance Firm

    • That’s what I was thinking, but this piece made it sound like Kellogg was the man.

      Do you find it curious that Trump has told Russia to give the Crimea to the Ukraine? I don’t know what to make of that.

      • An 2004 report from NYT.

        “The C.I.A. is awash in money as a result of post-9/11 budget increases. But because of the general uncertainty over the future, it faces a long delay before it can recruit, train and develop a new generation of spies and analysts. So for now it is building up its staff by turning to the ”intelligence-industrial complex.”

        These corporations range from Fortune 500 giants like Booz Allen Hamilton and Northrop Grumman to small companies made up almost entirely of former senior C.I.A. officers, like the Abraxas Corporation in McLean, Va. For example, one Abraxas expert, Mary Nayak, formerly ran the Directorate of Intelligence’s South Asia group; now she’s been hired as a consultant to the C.I.A.’s review group on 9/11.

        Private contractors are taking over jobs once reserved for highly trained agency employees: regional desk officers who control clandestine operations around the world; watch officers at the 24-hour crisis center; analysts who sift through reams of intelligence data; counterintelligence officers who oversee clandestine meetings between agency officers and their recruited spies; and reports officers who act as liaisons between officers in the field and analysts back at headquarters.

        While there is nothing inherently wrong with the intelligence community working closely with private industry, there is the potential for trouble unless the union is closely monitored.

      • Very much curious since Trump’s policy has been to stay out of foreign affairs as much as possible. Of course, he’s been fully briefed, so who knows what he’s been told.

        It’s not likely Russia will do anything of the sort. All this will do is create more conflict between Russia and U.S.

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