Epoch Times news piece based on retired CIA Brad Johnson op-ed.

The full text of this op-ed is in the published articles page of this website or continue reading.

1
00:00:00,080 –> 00:00:02,360
Hello and welcome, I’m
Gina Shakespeare

2
00:00:02,360 –> 00:00:07,800
Today on the show:

3
00:00:07,800 –> 00:00:09,010
Are the Migrant Caravans Part of Larger
Plan to undermine the United States.

4
00:00:09,010 –> 00:00:10,220
Just before we get underway,

5
00:00:10,220 –> 00:00:13,840
please feel free to like subscribe and
hit the notifications button.

6
00:00:13,840 –> 00:00:16,180
This video is written by Brad Johnson,

7
00:00:16,180 –> 00:00:20,700
a retired CIA operations officer
and a former chief of station.

8
00:00:20,700 –> 00:00:24,760
He is also president of Americans
for Intelligence Reform.

9
00:00:24,760 –> 00:00:27,980
Views expressed in this video are
the opinions of the author

10
00:00:27,980 –> 00:00:32,140
and do not necessarily reflect
the views of The Epoch Times.

11
00:00:32,140 –> 00:00:34,300
Recently, Vice President Mike
Pence said that

12
00:00:34,300 –> 00:00:38,600
Honduran President Juan Orlando
Hernandez told him the caravan

13
00:00:38,600 –> 00:00:43,320
“was organized by leftist groups in
Honduras financed by Venezuela

14
00:00:43,320 –> 00:00:47,300
and sent north to challenge our sovereignty
and challenge our border.”

15
00:00:47,300 –> 00:00:49,180
In the days following that revelation,

16
00:00:49,180 –> 00:00:52,380
additional supporting details
and evidence were reported

17
00:00:52,380 –> 00:00:54,140
by the left-leaning
Wall Street Journal,

18
00:00:54,140 –> 00:01:00,449
the conservative Heritage Foundation,
and others that confirm Venezuela’s involvement.

19
00:01:00,449 –> 00:01:05,640
Venezuela has a long and well-documented history
of antagonism towards the United States,

20
00:01:05,640 –> 00:01:09,460
and has declared itself a
member of an “axis of unity,”

21
00:01:09,460 –> 00:01:14,520
working with Iran, Cuba, and others,
against “U.S. imperialism.”

22
00:01:14,520 –> 00:01:17,820
In fact, Iranian intelligence
and military officers

23
00:01:17,820 –> 00:01:20,660
are embedded in Venezuela’s
equivalent organizations,

24
00:01:20,660 –> 00:01:23,060
and not just in low-level
support positions,

25
00:01:23,060 –> 00:01:26,490
but also in higher-level
positions of authority.

26
00:01:26,490 –> 00:01:31,770
The same and more can be said about the highly
professional intelligence agency of Cuba,

27
00:01:31,770 –> 00:01:35,780
which has long been a thorn in
the side of the United States.

28
00:01:35,780 –> 00:01:38,360
Next up, Death by a Thousand Cuts

29
00:01:38,360 –> 00:01:42,360
Venezuela, in conjunction
with its friends and supporters,

30
00:01:42,360 –> 00:01:47,900
has implemented a strategy of asymmetrical warfare in an attempt to attack the United States,

31
00:01:47,900 –> 00:01:53,120
since they lack the military
capability to inflict a direct defeat.

32
00:01:53,120 –> 00:01:56,700
Asymmetrical warfare is the
new modern term,

33
00:01:56,700 –> 00:01:58,540
with a mildly convoluted definition,

34
00:01:58,540 –> 00:02:02,440
for an ancient concept made
well-known by the Chinese.

35
00:02:02,440 –> 00:02:03,720
You may have heard about it.

36
00:02:03,720 –> 00:02:06,740
It’s remembered from history as “death
by a thousand cuts;”

37
00:02:06,740 –> 00:02:11,520
that is, inflict damage whenever and
however you can to weaken your enemy,

38
00:02:11,520 –> 00:02:14,800
to the point where they can
ultimately be defeated.

39
00:02:14,800 –> 00:02:19,840
These columns of illegal migrants are
purposely designed and implemented

40
00:02:19,840 –> 00:02:22,660
to inflict damage to the United States

41
00:02:22,660 –> 00:02:27,040
and undermine U.S. sovereignty,
while avoiding direct conflict.

42
00:02:27,040 –> 00:02:30,340
They were likely conceived
and financed by Iran,

43
00:02:30,340 –> 00:02:34,820
then implemented by Venezuela working
closely with the Cubans and Nicaraguans

44
00:02:34,820 –> 00:02:38,460
to sow political division
and chaos in the United States

45
00:02:38,460 –> 00:02:41,740
and absorb resources at
little expense to them.

46
00:02:41,740 –> 00:02:42,753
To make this work,

47
00:02:42,753 –> 00:02:47,380
there is close cooperation and coordination
with transnational criminal organizations,

48
00:02:47,380 –> 00:02:50,840
such as narco-traffickers
and gangs,

49
00:02:50,840 –> 00:02:53,460
which are active particularly
throughout Mexico

50
00:02:53,460 –> 00:02:57,400
and who are very strong near Mexico’s
shared border with the United States,

51
00:02:57,400 –> 00:02:59,300
which I’m sure you are very aware of.

52
00:02:59,300 –> 00:03:01,409
Next up, An Alliance.

53
00:03:01,409 –> 00:03:05,780
Less well-known and understood
is the Bolivarian Alliance,

54
00:03:05,780 –> 00:03:11,590
better known by its acronym from
Spanish as Alianza Bolivariana or ALBA.

55
00:03:11,590 –> 00:03:15,000
ALBA was founded by Venezuela
and Cuba in 2004

56
00:03:15,000 –> 00:03:18,900
and is an association of leftist
governments in Latin America

57
00:03:18,900 –> 00:03:23,719
and the Caribbean that also cooperate
on economic and propaganda efforts

58
00:03:23,719 –> 00:03:25,790
with like-minded governments
in the region.

59
00:03:25,790 –> 00:03:28,780
They are supported by Iran,
China, and Russia,

60
00:03:28,780 –> 00:03:32,820
who all share the United States
as their common foe.

61
00:03:32,820 –> 00:03:36,100
ALBA operates extensively and
almost entirely unopposed,

62
00:03:36,100 –> 00:03:39,480
and its underlying strategy
remains constant,

63
00:03:39,480 –> 00:03:44,800
which is to damage and ultimately destroy
the United States using asymmetrical warfare.

64
00:03:44,800 –> 00:03:49,920
As a retired CIA career intelligence
operations officer Brad Johnson,

65
00:03:49,920 –> 00:03:51,400
who authored the story,

66
00:03:51,409 –> 00:03:54,340
can assure everyone that the
intelligence services

67
00:03:54,340 –> 00:03:58,040
of Iran, Russia, China, Cuba, and Venezuela,

68
00:03:58,040 –> 00:04:02,620
as well as the trained intelligence
personnel from all terrorist groups

69
00:04:02,620 –> 00:04:04,040
and any others who have access,

70
00:04:04,040 –> 00:04:07,900
consider this migrant column an irresistible opportunity

71
00:04:07,900 –> 00:04:11,380
to infiltrate people into the United States.

72
00:04:11,380 –> 00:04:12,514
As you may have heard,

73
00:04:12,514 –> 00:04:16,580
the Guatemalan president reported that about
100 people arrested out of the column

74
00:04:16,580 –> 00:04:20,480
marching towards the United
States have links to terrorism,

75
00:04:20,480 –> 00:04:22,780
including the ISIS terrorist group.

76
00:04:22,780 –> 00:04:27,120
Former CIA Director and current
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo

77
00:04:27,120 –> 00:04:31,160
has warned publicly just
how dangerous Venezuela is

78
00:04:31,160 –> 00:04:33,940
and that the threat needs
to be taken seriously.

79
00:04:33,940 –> 00:04:36,260
As a professional in the
intelligence world,

80
00:04:36,260 –> 00:04:39,580
Brad Johnson understands that
the United States has enemies

81
00:04:39,580 –> 00:04:42,460
and that cooperation exists
between terrorist groups,

82
00:04:42,460 –> 00:04:46,349
transnational criminal groups, and
hostile foreign governments.

83
00:04:46,349 –> 00:04:47,480
It is the way of things.

84
00:04:47,480 –> 00:04:48,880
And in closing today,

85
00:04:48,880 –> 00:04:53,440
we find ourselves in the predicament where
the liberal Democratic Party leadership

86
00:04:53,440 –> 00:04:59,320
and the liberal mainstream media seemingly operate in agreement with the activities of these forces,

87
00:04:59,320 –> 00:05:03,240
who intend to damage and
ultimately destroy America.

88
00:05:03,240 –> 00:05:05,260
That’s all the time we have today,

89
00:05:05,260 –> 00:05:06,780
thank you very much for watching,

90
00:05:06,780 –> 00:05:10,289
please be sure to leave your
comments in the section below.

91
00:05:10,289 –> 00:05:11,640
What did you think about this episode?

92
00:05:11,640 –> 00:05:13,100
I’d love to know your opinion

93
00:05:13,100 –> 00:05:18,420
and also I really you got time last week
to watch the 2 part series on Spygate.

94
00:05:18,420 –> 00:05:21,900
I know we went into a lot of
details and it was very long,

95
00:05:21,900 –> 00:05:25,600
but I believe it was covered
systematically from a to z

96
00:05:25,600 –> 00:05:30,759
and had a lot of details that weren’t necessarily
being covered by mainstream media.

97
00:05:30,760 –> 00:05:34,040
So be sure to check out those episodes if
you haven’t watched it already.

98
00:05:34,040 –> 00:05:35,600
From all of us at Declassified,

99
00:05:35,600 –> 00:05:37,740
we want to thank you very
much for supporting our show

100
00:05:37,750 –> 00:05:39,040
and sharing our content,

101
00:05:39,040 –> 00:05:40,580
we couldn’t do it without you.

102
00:05:40,580 –> 00:05:42,050
Until next time, take care.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.