Former CIA Analyst Finally Reveals Why He Refused To Serve Under President Trump ⋆ Epeak . Independent news and blogs
Citing among other things, Donald Trump standing in front of the CIA memorial for fallen intelligence officers and engaging in pompous campaign-style rhetoric, former CIA analyst Edward Price thoughtfully outlined why he resigned from the Agency after almost 15 years of sacrifice and service.
Price’s allusion to Trump’s disrespect of fallen CIA officers, referred to part of a speech Trump gave shortly after being sworn into office. It was that speech that prompted former CIA Director, John Brennan, to say he was “deeply saddened and angered” by Donald Trump.
In his heartfelt statement, Price recalled telling his father that he wanted to pursue a career in national security/intelligence. It was that conversation with his father and the commitment to his country that made the decision to leave his job so difficult. However, the Trump administration’s lack of professionalism, ethics, diplomacy and overall regard for what has been widely accepted as standard operating procedures throughout the tenure of dozens of commanders before him, was too much for Price.
‘Despite working proudly for Republican and Democratic presidents, I reluctantly concluded that I cannot in good faith serve this administration as an intelligence professional. This was not a decision I made lightly.’
The battle between loyalty and duty to country, and being able to look himself in the mirror couldn’t have been an easy one. Adding to the heaviness of his decision, Price also recalled how valued and appreciated he felt under former Presidents Bush and Obama. He then reflected on the stark contrast that was ushered in with Donald Trump. Price shared:
‘The administrations of George W. Bush and Barack Obama took the CIA’s input seriously. There was no greater reward than having my analysis presented to the president and seeing it shape events. Intelligence informing policy — this is how the system is supposed to work. I watched in disbelief when, during the third presidential debate, Trump casually cast doubt on the high-confidence conclusion of our 17 intelligence agencies, released that month, that Russia was behind the hacking and release of election-related emails. On the campaign trail and even as president-elect, Trump routinely referred to the flawed 2002 assessment of Iraq’s weapons programs as proof that the CIA couldn’t be trusted — even though the intelligence community had long ago held itself to account for those mistakes and Trump himself supported the invasion of Iraq.’
While Price documents a series of events that led to his decision to leave the career he loves so much, he notes that there was a breaking point:
‘The final straw came late last month, when the White House issued a directive reorganizing the National Security Council, on whose staff I served from 2014 until earlier this year. Missing from the NSC’s principals committee were the CIA director and the director of national intelligence. Added to the roster: the president’s chief strategist, Stephen K. Bannon, who cut his teeth as a media champion of white nationalism.’
Edward Price taking a stand is about as bittersweet as it comes. You have to love someone who stands up for what he believes in, but you can’t help but to think about the fact that the CIA is short one person whose morals, values and ethics are above the Trump administration’s. Moreover, as a former intelligence officer who knows the damning impact of having toxic people around, Price’s reference to Steve Bannon’s white nationalist ties, speaks to the danger of Bannon’s role in matters of intelligence.
Edward Price’s statement via The Washington Post, is below:
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