America’s spies anonymously took down Michael Flynn. That is deeply worrying.

Michael Flynn seems to have been undermined by disloyal unelected intelligence analysts.

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The United States is much better off without Michael Flynn serving as national security adviser. But no one should be cheering the way he was brought down.

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Michael Flynn by REUTERS/Carlos Barria

The whole episode is evidence of the precipitous and ongoing collapse of America’s democratic institutions — not a sign of their resiliency. Flynn’s ouster was a soft coup (or political assassination) engineered by anonymous intelligence community bureaucrats. The results might be salutary, but this isn’t the way a liberal democracy is supposed to function.

Unelected intelligence analysts work for the president, not the other way around. Far too many Trump critics appear not to care that these intelligence agents leaked highly sensitive information to the press — mostly because Trump critics are pleased with the result. “Finally,” they say, “someone took a stand to expose collusion between the Russians and a senior aide to the president!” It is indeed important that someone took such a stand. But it matters greatly who that someone is and how they take their stand. Members of the unelected, unaccountable intelligence community are not the right someone, especially when they target a senior aide to the president by leaking anonymously to newspapers the content of classified phone intercepts, where the unverified, unsubstantiated information can inflict politically fatal damage almost instantaneously.

President Trump was roundly mocked among liberals for that tweet. But he is, in many ways, correct. These leaks are an enormous problem. And in a less polarized context, they would be recognized immediately for what they clearly are: an effort to manipulate public opinion for the sake of achieving a desired political outcome. It’s weaponized spin.

>> Continue Reading <<  courtesy: Damon Linker of ‘The Week’

UPDATE : According to and EXCLUSIVE by The Daily Caller, Flynn Insists He Crossed No Lines, Leakers Must Be Prosecuted

Read more: http://dailycaller.com/2017/02/14/exclusive-defiant-flynn-insists-he-crossed-no-lines-leakers-must-be-prosecuted/#ixzz4YjrR0TGW

LIVING WITH TERROR How France has become the number one target for extremists in Europe and has been repeatedly brutalised in terrifying new war against terror

Horrific attacks have seen scores of citizens murdered

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A military guard stands by as a man carrying a knife attempted to enter a Paris police station.

FRANCE has become the number one target for extremists in Europe, with yet another attack increasing tension in the country today.

A series of horrific attacks have seen scores of citizens murdered as they go about their day-to-day lives and a machete-wielding man who pulled a knife on soldiers at the Louvre this morning has sparked fresh fears about the terror threat.

Here are just some of the atrocities recently committed in the country. >> continue reading <<