President Trump’s national security adviser Michael Flynn stepped down earlier on Tuesday amid a very controversial issue, i.e. his alleged contacts with Russia, which were pedaled obsessively by the mainstream media in recent days.
However, even if one may believe that the United States is better off sans Michel Flynn serving as Trump’s adviser, the way he was brought down should send shivers down the spine of any American citizen.
The truth is that Michael Flynn’s ouster was nothing short of a political assassination or a soft coup, carefully and meticulously engineered by the deep state or, if you like, by the anonymous and faceless bureaucrats in the intelligence community.
Even if the results of the soft coup may seem salutary to you, this is not how a liberal democracy should work.
The thing is, the intelligence community via its unelected analysts and spies and bureaucrats and what not actually work for the president, not against him.
And intelligence agencies leaking highly sensitive intel to the press while pursuing their own agenda should make people very nervous, even Trump’s critics and they are many.
It is important to know what’s going on inside the government, but equally important is to do it nice and proper. And for unaccountable and unelected intelligence spooks to leak classified information, (such as phone intercepts) anonymously to the press hardly qualifies as doing your job properly.
Leaking unsubstantiated and unverified information, such is the case with phone intercepts is a very dangerous tool in a liberal democracy.
The real story here is why are there so many illegal leaks coming out of Washington? Will these leaks be happening as I deal on N.Korea etc?
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 14, 2017
Donald Trump is spot on with that tweet and these leaks really are a huge problem, as they can be best described as a concerted effort to manipulate public opinion for pursuing a desired political agenda, i.e. a specific political outcome, something along the lines of a weaponized spin.
Regardless of what Flynn did, it’s not the job of the deep state to play the vigilante role with a little help from the liberal mainstream media and to target a political figure for assassination. This is the role of elected officials, i.e. the Congress, who is empowered by the Constitution to conduct public investigations when it comes to any wrongdoing by public officials, whether it’s the President or his aides.
In a liberal democracy, procedures matter, that’s why we have checks and balances. Let me end with a quote from Bloomberg:
Normally intercepts of U.S. officials and citizens are some of the most tightly held government secrets. This is for good reason. Selectively disclosing details of private conversations monitored by the FBI or NSA gives the permanent state the power to destroy reputations from the cloak of anonymity. This is what police states do. [Bloomberg]
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