At the heart of the scheme being considered by the White House are Blackwater founder Erik Prince (pictured) and his longtime associate, CIA veteran John R. Maguire, who currently works for the intelligence contractor Amyntor Group. (Photo: Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
The creation of such a program raises the possibility that the effort would be used to create an intelligence apparatus to justify the Trump administration’s political agenda and promote propaganda.
President Donald Trump may have found his way to combat one of his worst enemies, the so-called “deep state.”
The Trump administration is reportedly weighing the creation of a private network of spies conjured up by former Blackwater founder Erik Prince, a former CIA officer and famous Iran-Contra scandal figure Oliver North, which would gather intelligence for CIA Director Mike Pompeo and the White House and keep the rest of the U.S. intelligence community in the dark of what it discovers, according to a report by The Intercept on Tuesday.
The purpose of the global spy network would be to circumvent the “deep state,” a term widely used to describe longtime officials within the government who seemingly possess a political agenda meant to undermine an administration. Trump has repeatedly claimed, with no evidence, that such an underground group exists and has worked against him since he took office earlier this year.
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