Michael T. Flynn

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Michael T. Flynn
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National Security Advisor
From: January 20 to February 13, 2017
Predecessor Susan Rice
Successor H.R. McMaster
Director of the Defense Intelligence Agency
From: July 24, 2012 – August 7, 2014
Predecessor Ronald Burgess
Successor David Shedd (Acting)
Information
Party Democrat
Military Service
Allegiance United States
Service/branch United States Army
Service Years 1981–2014
Rank Lieutenant General
Unit Defense Intelligence Agency

• Joint Functional Component Command for Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance

Battles/wars Operation Urgent Fury
Operation Uphold Democracy
Operation Enduring Freedom
Operation Iraqi Freedom
Awards Defense Meritorious Service Medal

Defense Superior Service Medal (4) Legion of Merit (2) Bronze Star Medal (4) Meritorious Service Medal (6) Joint Service Commendation Medal Army Commendation Medal (5)

Michael Thomas Flynn (born December 1958) is a former U.S. Army General who served as the former head of the U.S. Defense Intelligence Agency, and who was ousted by the Obama administration for his criticism of President Obama's lackadaisical response to the rise, cross-border aggression, and the atrocious human rights violations of the Islamic State.[1] Flynn advised candidate Donald Trump throughout the 2016 U.S. Presidential election on foreign policy matters. Flynn resigned from the position of National Security Advisor early in the Trump administration in a fake news scandal put out by the Washington Post using classified information gathered and leaked illegally by the Obama administration targeting domestic political opponents,[2][3] intended to influence United States political processes, public opinion, policies, or media.[4]

Opposed creation of the Islamic State

On August 12, 2012 the DIA circulated a document widely among government agencies, including CENTCOM, the CIA, FBI, Department of Homeland Security, NGA (National Geospacial Agency), State Department, and many others. The document stated the West (NATO powers), members of the Gulf Cooperation Council (Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates), and Turkey wanted an Islamic State ("Salafist principality in Eastern Syria") to oppose the regime of Bashar al-Assad.

THE WEST, GULF COUNTRIES, AND TURKEY [WHICH] SUPPORT THE [SYRIAN] OPPOSITION… THERE IS THE POSSIBILITY OF ESTABLISHING A DECLARED OR UNDECLARED SALAFIST PRINCIPALITY IN EASTERN SYRIA (HASAKA AND DER ZOR), AND THIS IS EXACTLY WHAT THE SUPPORTING POWERS TO THE OPPOSITION WANT, IN ORDER TO ISOLATE THE SYRIAN REGIME…

Flynn had been Director of the Defense Intelligence Agency for about three weeks. Flynn opposed the creation of the Islamic State. After it was declared in June 2014, Flynn was fired.

Flynn moved on to be the chief adviser on national security for the Trump campaign. In December 2016, Intelligence Community (IC) unofficial social media spokesmen John Schindler, who had been taunting President-elect Trump on Twitter for months, sent a thread full of ominous threats including this dire warning:[5]

The IC dislikes you intensely and they hate Flynn. The spooks have much more on you than they had on Hillary. This is a #YUGE mistake. /7 5:53 AM - 10 Dec 2016

Kislyak

Flynn's call to Ambassador Sergei Kislyak, the actual audio gathered and any transcript is called “Raw FISA-acquired information,” and its distribution would be highly restricted. At the NSA, not more than 40 or so analysts or senior managers would be read into the classification sub-sub compartment that contains it,[6] called RAGTIME-A,B,C D or P, where each letter stands for one of five different categories of foreign intelligence.

Five days after Flynn's call to Kislyak Attn. Gen. Loretta Lynch signed off on new rules permitting the NSA to disseminate “raw signals intelligence information.”[7] The New York Times reported,

"In its final days, the Obama administration has expanded the power of the National Security Agency to share globally intercepted personal communications with the government’s 16 other intelligence agencies before applying privacy protections (minimumizations)."[8]

The substance of Flynn's call was incorporated three days later into a CIA memo authorized by John Brennan intended to impugn and de-legitimize President-elect Donald Trump which was widely circulated under the new NSA rules.[9] The Brennan memo is loaded with Russophobic innuendo.[10]

Lovinger

Adam Lovinger of the Pentagon's Office of Net Assessment (ONA) was invited by General Flynn to serve as a Senior Director on the White House Security Council, along with Ezra Cohen-Watnick. On the same day, James H. Baker (DOD) filed four separate charges against Lovinger.[11]

Two days before the new administration was to be sworn in Lovinger received a letter from Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter citing “Lovinger’s exceptional performance on collaborative net assessment with the Government of India.” In that same review, James H. Baker (DOD) disagreed, noting, “I do not endorse the characterization set forth in the employee input (that) Adam performed successfully.” Baker ordered an investigation of Lovinger.[12]

On May 1, 2017 Lovinger was notified that his Top-Secret, Sensitive Compartmented Information (TS-SCI) clearance had been suspended. Lovinger was the second Trump official to lose his security clearance. The loss of a security clearance is a significant matter as they are requirements for many senior positions. He was to return to the Pentagon immediately.[13]

In 2016 Lovinger had grown increasingly concerned over the ONA’s use of outside contractors, due in part to the “problem of cronyism” and a growing “revolving door policy." Lovinger wrote an October 2016 email to ONA’s new director, James H. Baker (DOD) who had recently been appointed by Obama’s Defense Secretary. From Lovinger’s October 2016 email:
“the moral hazard associated with the Washington Headquarters Services contracting with Stefan Halper.”[14][15]

Halper "was being used by Net Assessment to go out essentially and engage with foreign government [ GCHQ ] officials. As a contractor that’s totally illegal.”[16]
Halper had been awarded $1.06 million in contracts through five payments beginning in 2012.[17]

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