Sheep magazine Archive 3: issues 18-24


Lefty online magazine: issue 18, December 2016 to issue 24, May 2017

Trump spokeswoman Hope Hicks said she could not provide any

information on the schedule for the briefings. Previous presidents received

them over the course of the entire transition.


First is a detailed look at technical and human intelligence sources and

methods that provide critical information on Special Access Programs –

the most sensitive top-secret undertakings – for drone strikes and other

intelligence operations. This would include the disclosure, if Trump wants

the names, of the dozens of officials abroad paid by the CIA, to the

tune of millions of dollars. Though entitled, presidents normally have

not asked for names unless the secret relationship involves a particularly

important CIA asset.

Other methods include the most sensitive technical capabilities of the

National Security Agency to intercept communications abroad, store them

and make them instantly available to analysts and operators.

Trump will learn that the president is considered ‘The First Customer’ by

the intelligence community, which has a tradition of responding to any

and every presidential request.

A second briefing will be on the covert actions undertaken by the CIA that

are designed to change events abroad without the hand of the United States

being revealed publicly. There are currently about a dozen such ‘Findings’

– intelligence orders signed by the president. Some are broad authorities to

conduct lethal counterterrorism operations in dozens of countries. Others

are narrow, such as support for clandestine efforts in a single country to stop

genocide or payments to political opposition or rebels.


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