Oliver North and the recurring presidential dream of running secret operations "off the books."
'President Trump is maneuvering to establish his own intelligence service to do what the CIA cannot or will not do for him.
According to BuzzFeed, Trump is considering a proposal for a private company, the Amyntor Group, “to set up a large intelligence network and run counterterrorist propaganda efforts.”
The Intercept reports the plan was developed by Erik Prince, founder of the Blackwater private security firm, with assistance from Oliver North, a key figure in the Iran-Contra scandal of the 1980s. Their plan is an outgrowth of Prince’s proposal, floated earlier this year, to privatize U.S. covert operations in Afghanistan.
The goal is "to provide CIA Director Mike Pompeo and the White House with a global, private spy network that would circumvent official U.S. intelligence agencies.”
Prince’s Afghanistan privatization proposal, while touted by Trump, was ultimately rejected by Secretary of Defense James Mattis, who reportedly preferred an “in-house solution.” Nonetheless, Trump’s advisers have apparently not abandoned the idea of a privatized security force accountable only to the White House.'
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