The CIA has undermined so many democracies with rightist stealth cabals that one must automatically suspect the ‘insurrection’ by Trump’s base as some kind of plotted piece (de resistance). Saying so doesn’t make it true, to be sure. The CIA has the capacity to create and control such a stage-managed question mark. But in the end the ‘revolution’ from the right surely wants this kind of experiment to pave the way to a real revolution from the right. There is something odd about the whole affair, but its riddle remains unsolved.
Former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper recently lamented the rise of domestic extremism in the Washington Post. “We pride ourselves on the institutions that have evolved over hundreds of years,” Clapper said, adding that “legal institutions, the rule of law, protection of citizens’ liberty, privacy” were “under assault.”Clapper’s concerns would sound more convincing if the organization he once headed had not worked to undermine those very same institutions in countries around the world, and if it had not historically undermined them in the U.S. as well. (He also perjured himself before Congress.)