September 29 2019 — Jonna Mendez, former CIA Chief of Disguise, takes a look at spy scenes from a variety of television shows and movies and breaks down how accurate they really are. Follow us on Twitter: @INTEL_TODAY
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UPDATE (June 24 2021) — As Napoleon Bonaparte once said: “A good sketch is better than a long speech”, sometimes translated as “A picture is worth a thousand words.”
Once upon a time, the CIA used to control large US media corporations clandestinely.
Today, they work inside the newsroom for all to enjoy their truth…
John Brennan, former director of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) has been a senior national security and intelligence analyst for NBC News and MSNBC since 2018.
James Clapper, former director of national intelligence, has been a national security analyst for CNN since 2017.
Michael Hayden, former CIA director and ex-director of the National Security Agency (NSA), has been a CNN national security analyst since 2017.
Andrew McCabe, former FBI deputy director has been CNN’s senior law enforcement analyst since 2018.
The list goes on and on….
The only one missing on this list is former CIA director Gina Haspel. Is it because she actually studied journalism? Go figure…
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Jonna Mendez argues that there are three covers that are basically off limits at the CIA: religious figures, media figures and peace corps.
No everyone is convinced…
Last night, Caitlin Johnstone tweeted the following message:
“Take off the revolutionary’s mask, and it’s the CIA.
Take off the terrorist’s mask, and it’s the CIA.
Take off the news man’s mask, and it’s the CIA.
Take off the filmmaker’s mask, and it’s the CIA.
Take off the whistleblower’s mask, and it’s the motherfucking CIA.”
Former CIA officer and whistleblower John Kiriakou wrote a quick comment.
“Wow. 100 percent right. I couldn’t possibly add anything to this. And they want us to just take their word for everything.”
Former CIA Chief of Disguise Breaks Down 30 Spy Scenes From Film & TV | WIRED
UPDATE (September 29 2020) — This post generated quite a bit of feedback.
Obviously, many readers of Intel Today have doubts about the CIA no longer using journalism as cover for their agents, or even using journalists as source of intelligence.
Flashback — In 1976, The Church Committee revealed that the CIA was relying on journalists for its own work.
As a result, the Agency was forced to adapt new regulations that make such practice illegal.
However, few noticed the loophole. A clause still allowed the agency to use journalists under “extraordinary” circumstances with the “specific approval” of the CIA director.
The 1997 Intelligence Authorization Act was signed into law by President Bill Clinton, allowing the ban on the use of journalists to be waived with notification to Congress and presidential approval. [The News Media & The Law — Winter 2003]
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Jonna Mendez — The Master of Disguise
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