Former CIA Officer on Trump: “We’ve Been Here Before”

By John Sipher

John Sipher worked for the CIA’s clandestine service for 28 years. He is now a nonresident senior fellow at the Atlantic Council and a co-founder of Spycraft Entertainment. John served multiple overseas tours as Chief of Station and Deputy Chief of Station in Europe, Asia, and in high-threat environments. He is the recipient of CIA’s Distinguished Career Intelligence Medal.

The recent ISIS attacks in Beirut, Sinai, Paris, and now San Bernardino, and subsequent discussion about Syrian refugees highlight the seriousness of the potential threats to the U.S. homeland.                                              

At the same time, however, the charged political rhetoric surrounding the topic may make it harder for law enforcement and intelligence professionals to deal with the threat.  Donald Trump has even endorsed an effort to block Muslim travel and track all Muslim Americans.

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