Intelligence chiefs score a slam dunk for democracy

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February 1, 2019 - 4:41 PM

From left, FBI Director Christopher Wray; CIA Director Gina Haspel; Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats; Gen. Robert Ashley, director of the Defense Intelligence Agency; Gen. Paul Nakasone, director of the National Security Agency; and Robert Cardillo, director of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency.

Our patriotic determination to Make America Great Again received a great boost this week — perhaps the greatest we’ve gotten in years.

It happened not at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, but in the Senate Intelligence Committee’s hearing room. On Tuesday, America’s six leading intelligence agency officials sat shoulder-to-shoulder and courageously spoke truth to power. And most importantly in a democracy, the intel chiefs also spoke their truths to all the people.

Led by Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats, the former conservative Republican Indiana senator who Trump appointed, the intelligence chiefs summarized for the senators the unusually straight-talking findings contained in a 42-page report that is available online for all the world to see. And after they were done, former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, a Democratic stalwart who has always championed bipartisan problem-solving, declared on MSNBC’s Morning Joe show: “This is why I have faith in democracy.”

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