Al-Qaeda making a comeback. What is U.S. intelligence strategy?

Saif al-Adel

 

A new ruthless, powerful, and intelligent leader; Turkey’s support, and continued hatred of the Western world, Al-Qaeda is making a big comeback. Turkey gave them free access to the mountainous Azerbaijan region of Nagorno-Karabakh. Why does it seem our intelligence agencies ignores this? Brad Johnson comments from his 25-year perspective as a CIA Operative and Station Chief. Please like, subscribe, and share our material. You’ll be sure to find these and other important analyses.


brad johnson here for americans for
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intelligence reform
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intel reform.org it is march 2nd 2021
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a dangerous development now with al
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qaeda
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uh recently the the uh the the most
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current leader of al qaeda was uh ayman
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al-zawahiri
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now he uh was always the number two uh
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with
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while bin laden osama bin laden was
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there and ran the thing
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and they were a fairly effective team
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together they made kind of one good
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leader
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once osama bin laden was killed
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it was like half the brain was gone and
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ayman al-zahiri was there
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and in charge known respected by the
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al-qaeda guys
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and maintained leadership but was never
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what
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he had been working in combination with
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osama bin laden
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now there are many reports out there
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that he died of asthma on that there was
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no treatment available for him because
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he was out hiding
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uh you know a lot of people were looking
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for him so he was in hiding and and died
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of asthma so
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uh whatever the truth is there doesn’t
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matter he’s
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out of action and has now been a
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replacement has now been named for him
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uh whose nickname is the sword of
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revenge now
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normally i would take a look at a name
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like that and not think much of it but
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this guy is saif
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al adel who has been around for
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30 years fighting and was involved in a
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lot of these operations
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that al qaeda did and has lived
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a very long time with that lifestyle
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so he is a very dangerous man and he’s
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come up through the ranks is
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very experienced smart cagey
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guy who knows how to do all of this
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stuff
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so we’re now observing and this is
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something we did a separate report on
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we’re seeing what looks like a possible
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resurgence
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just recently with a safe haven
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for al qaeda in the in the azerbaijani
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region
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of nagorno-karabakh this was recently
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taken back in that war with armenia
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and this is something where turkey
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is helping to to move these people in
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there and they were the ones that
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brought these fighters out of syria
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into that region to help the azeri
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forces beat back the armenian forces
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backed by russia
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so this is an interesting
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move and like i said probably a very
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sound one that region would be perfect
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for this sort of thing
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and uh this may be a reflection of this
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new leadership who
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if if this guy this sort of revenge
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really is there in large and in charge
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which i have no reason to doubt any of
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that
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i think this is all 100 dead on this
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would be something that a guy like that
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would recognize the value of because he
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understands
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what where you need to be what sort of
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place would work
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that gives you freedom of movement yet
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freedom to operate and train
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and have a an uninterrupted headquarters
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there this is a guy that’s been hiding
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in iran
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and uh the people that talk about him
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are
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like using words like brilliant and
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ruthless and all of that
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all of that i take at face value this is
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all true about this guy
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he is a huge danger now
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to the west in the united states of
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america we are clearly
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seeing al qaeda reform and re-energize
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and they’re going to begin to grow when
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they get into that position where they
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have
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uh well-respected and trusted leadership
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that is what brings in
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recruits and this guy is is known to be
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ruthless i think that’s just the right
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word to use with this guy over and over
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he’s ruthless but that type of behavior
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brings in recruits
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they’re going to want to go to this guy
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so we’re seeing a clear resurgence
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in the capability of al qaeda it looks
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like they’re getting
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funding as well what is their
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relationship with turkey that’s very
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interesting and very dangerous if that’s
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all true
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out of that region of nagorno-karabakh
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with these guys moving in now that’s
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based on russian intelligence which
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you’ve got to take with a grain of salt
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but they do suffer from the same
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problems they have not been any great
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friends
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of al qaeda’s so it’s one of those
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reports you can look at
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coming out of the russians and say well
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okay this one there’s a there’s a solid
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chance out there that this is true
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if indeed all of this is true if the
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sort of revenge is there he’s beginning
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to form these training camps
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and safe havens and places where he they
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can stage operations
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uh this is going to be a real danger
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this will take
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time to play out uh he can begin
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bringing in recruits and training them
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and getting them out and getting funding
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and you know a year from now six months
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from now we might start to see
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some additional operations that are
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al-qaeda oriented
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and and as a growing threat over time
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this is not something where we here in
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the united states or in the west
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are really looking terrorism has
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basically been
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eliminated as an area where we spend any
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real
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effort so it’s not something we’re going
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after and
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into that vacuum we’re going to see an
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uh an al-qaeda resurgence we’re already
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seeing the beginnings of it
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they’ve effectively picked a a great
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leader
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from their perspective very dangerous to
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us
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and and we’re not doing anything about
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it
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this is once again where the
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intelligence community of the united
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states
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has let us down drastically and these
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political moves are going to get people
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killed
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this is how it begins here we are
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looking at all of this putting it all
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together
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seeing clearly what’s a developing
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problem and nothing is being done out of
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the government yet
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they know what’s going on they have to
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so
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they don’t care because there are other
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political considerations now there
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are other dangers out there in the world
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certainly china is the greatest
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long-term strategic threat to the united
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states of america
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there are some of our you know resources
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being used against them and other
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targets of that nature
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but you cannot just drop trial when it
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comes to stuff like terrorism
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this is a real danger these guys are
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going to go out and kill people
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and the blame for that we have to to
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accept some of the blame for
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for that ourselves because we’re not
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going to have to stop these guys right
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now
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nipping it in the bud when they’re still
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small enough and disorganized enough
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that you can wipe them out
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once they grow to be a much larger
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organization and more effective
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it’s just that much tougher this is a
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policy failure of the united
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states and it’s going to get much worse
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over the next four years this is going
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to get people killed
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this is a failure of the intelligence
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community everybody always talks about
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the words they use the words
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talk talk truth to power this is talking
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truth to power
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what’s happening in the intelligence
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community is they’re just shaking their
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hands their bobble heads going yes yes
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whatever you want us to go against
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that’s what we’ll go against we don’t
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you know we don’t care what’s true
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we’re going to go up against what’s
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politically expedient that’s a mistake
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this is where talking truth to power
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pays off
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this is where the intelligence committee
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should be standing up going wait a
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minute
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we need to throw resources at this
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problem get me
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get more resources however you have to
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do it but this has to be addressed
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because
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this is dangerous and and will cause
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people to die
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so there we are that’s again this is
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just one of the areas where reforms are
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so badly needed here in the united
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states and
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and this is just a perfect example of
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why
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not going to happen anytime soon
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Brad Johnson, CIA Chief of Station (Ret.), is President of Americans for Intelligence Reform and brings his 25 years of experience as a CIA Operative and Chief of Station serving multiple times overseas in direct support of the War against Terrorism. Mr. Johnson is a certified senior expert in Counterintelligence issues with extensive direct experience in the field. He brings you his unique perspective from deep, international experience and conservative, Christian values. Now retired, he formed Americans for Intelligence Reform to fight exactly the corruption and politics destroying our intelligence capabilities and threatening our national security. He is an enrolled member of The Cherokee Nation, a Federally Recognized Tribe.

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  1. For some reason I’m not able to bring up the recent HR-1 interview? I can bring up any of the other interviews but not the HR-1. I’ve tried 9 ways to Sunday but no luck. Makes me wonder if Google is playing games with that particular interview segment.

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