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Going to ground: Who else has not been identified in this coup attempt against POTUS Trump?

By Charles “Sam” Faddis, AND Magazine/a>

In the world of clandestine intelligence operations, discovery is an ever-present danger. Operations are by definition risky. Operators, assets and projects are regularly compromised. You plan in advance for such eventualities, and you structure your networks so that they can survive adversity.

The loss of a source or even of several sources does not mean that the entire clandestine organization of which they are part simply ceases to exist. Assets that are “blown” are cut away. Remaining assets “go to ground” or are put on ice. Patience is key. The network waits out the scrutiny and resumes work when things have cooled off and attention has been drawn elsewhere.

Such, in all likelihood, is exactly what is happening right now with those individuals who were part of what increasingly seems to have been a deliberate, carefully planned effort to destabilize a sitting President, overturn the results of a free and fair election and, in effect, to stage the first coup in American history.

A long list of individuals has been implicated in participation in this effort, including the heads of the FBI, James Comey, and the CIA, John Brennan. Particularly within the FBI, numerous lower-ranking individuals have been identified and shown to be culpable as well. Yet, they all share one characteristic. They are all former government employees. They are all individuals no longer in federal service.

Is it possible that every single individual involved in this plot has now been fired or resigned? Perhaps. It is highly unlikely. This was a plot that appears to have spanned several continents and involved what appear to have been numerous sources and contacts with multiple foreign intelligence services. An operation on such a scale would likely have involved dozens of officers from multiple agencies, even if closely held.

Where are they all now?

Perhaps we could begin to answer that question by addressing some other questions first. Throughout the investigation into the origins of what is now being called “Spygate” there have been continuing references to the role of British intelligence in providing derogatory information concerning the President of the United States. Press reports suggest, in fact, that the British were heavily involved in this entire charade from the outset. That interaction was likely not handled exclusively and directly by the Director of Central Intelligence. Other senior officials must have been part of this including the Chief of Station in London. Who were they?

Within the last week the Italians have effectively gutted the senior ranks of their intelligence services, firing at least six senior officials. Press reports indicate that this is in response to information concerning the cooperation of Italian intelligence agencies with U.S. intelligence agencies in spying on the Trump campaign in 2016. If the Italians are in possession of information so explosive as to warrant the wholesale sacking of their senior intelligence agency leaders it must be pretty powerful. What is it? And who were these Italian agencies working with?

John Brennan, disgraced former Director of Central Intelligence has by this point been shown to have been one of the key individuals in the plot against the President. Brennan is out of government, but he was a senior official for decades at CIA, time during which he formed close relationships with any number of subordinates and, in keeping with the increasingly political nature of Washington bureaucracy, promoted and cultivated particular, loyalists on whom he could count. Who were those individuals and how many of them were part of this effort to overthrow a President?

The identification of those individuals involved in all aspects of this plot does not, of course, necessarily mean that they are culpable or that they understood what they were part of. A great many of them no doubt believed they were acting in the best interests of the nation and were simply doing their jobs. For them the reality of what was afoot is no doubt as shocking and nauseating as it is for most Americans. It is unlikely, however, that this is true of everyone concerned.

Some of the individuals involved with this attempted coup without question understood fully that they were involved in an effort to subvert the Constitution and steal an election. Some of them ceased to be “public servants” and became political partisans for whom all that mattered was personal advancement and political victory. Some of them abused their authority and broke every oath they had ever taken to protect this great nation. Some of them deserve to be prosecuted and sent to jail.

And some of them may very well still be sitting behind desks in Washington, DC, waiting, biding their time. They are not gone. They are not neutralized. They have not been brought to justice. They have simply done what operatives plan to do from the beginning of any operation should it prove necessary. They have done what they were trained to do. They have gone to ground, and they will act again as soon as they judge the moment right.


Charles S. (Sam) Faddis, Senior Partner- Artemis, LLC is a former CIA operations officer with thirty years of experience in the conduct of intelligence operations in the Middle East, South Asia and Europe. His last assignment prior to retirement in May of 2008 was as head of the CIA’s terrorist Weapons of Mass Destruction unit. He took the first CIA team into Iraq in the Summer of 2002 in advance of the invasion of that country and has worked extensively in the field with law enforcement, local security forces and special operations teams. Since retirement, he has written extensively, provided training to a wide variety of government and private entities and appears regularly on radio and television.

(c) 2019 AND Magazine. Used with permission.

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23 Comments on Going to ground: Who else has not been identified in this coup attempt against POTUS Trump?

  1. mackykam. // May 28, 2021 at 8:32 am // Reply

    the rank and file nazis were also ‘just doing their jobs.’

    • John Ruff // May 28, 2021 at 3:18 pm // Reply

      Please do not leave out such figures as George Soros and others participants in the Bilderberg Group, the CFR group, etc. It is not just a USA thing, it is an international thing and it is not just the US but includes Germany, France, Italy, etc.

      • tightloops // May 28, 2021 at 6:44 pm //

        AND! We must NOT exclude or protect Barrack Hussein Obama! None of this could not have taken place without his full cooperation and support.

  2. Where Eagles Dare // May 28, 2021 at 8:46 am // Reply

    Acting in the best interest of the country as they try to overthrow a president and the will of tens of millions of Americans.
    But then again no one was asking for a fundamental transformation of 50 million future democrat parasites either.

  3. Jon Jones // May 28, 2021 at 9:06 am // Reply

    These traitors are NOT just in the IC. The insane black president weaponized the ENTIRE US Government, acedemia, MSM and beyond to not just take down President Trump. There is no word strong enough to show how I detest this man. Why? Because he proudly spoke of his intention of fundamental transformation of this country. And he has succeeded. The list of his tyranny is too long to enunciate. May he and 100 generations of his family rot in agonizing pain for eternity in hell.

  4. To be fair, the one you call “insane black president” really didn’t DO much himself, he was just a puppet for the ones who DID want that, But he is a great figurehead to detest!

    • You have no idea what you are talking about. You know how I know? Because NO ONE KNOWS THE TRUTH ABOUT OBAMA; we don’t know if Obama was just a happy go lucky college student who happened to become the Harvard Law professor/editor of the Law Review Paper, and just picked to be the first black president; or he was the recipient of a fake birth certificate; fake SS number; fake selective service card; student-follower of radical communists; pornographer communists; gay bath-house denizens; muslim foreign citizen of Indonesia; OR WHAT? So I suggest before you go all soft-soapy in defense of the hoax called Obama; you get some facts!

  5. They should be hung.

  6. search4truth1 // May 28, 2021 at 10:20 am // Reply

    All the finger-puppets on comment sections tearing at Trump should be included for disposal in the nearest sewer.

  7. Shawn Kelly // May 28, 2021 at 10:38 am // Reply

    The organization, discipline, tactfulness, treasonous, slyness, and of course well documented attempt of a coup will be remembered as a “Day” as hollowed as the “Fourth of July”. When all the snakes are pulled out of their holes and marked for the rest of their lives as Traders we will need to have a new “Independence Day”- Maybe an “AG Barr Day” like “St. Patrick’s Day”-they both have removed the snakes.

  8. President Trump must remove Christopher Wray immediately, as he is not acting like a servant of our government, but rather a protector of those who oppose and work to impeach him. It is one thing to know your enemy, but another thing to have your nation employ him.

  9. Rest assured those at the top drove the Coup but it took lots of minions in the rank and file to make it happen… The simple way to get rid of them is to check the Civil Service records to see who hired/sponsored who…the chain will lead from top to the lowest slug…then, since it is almost impossible to ‘FIRE’ even bad people, Civil Service Regulations have another way…’Current Management under POTUS Trump’ Deletes the slots these people are in and ‘no re-hire’ recommendations are put in their records. From that day forward they are gone. If a few that get canned file grievances, it’s on them to hire their own lawyers. 99% will go quietly knowing they were Caught and causing a stink will get more dicey when the Govt., with unlimited resources smash Faces all of them. Result, slugs gone, we know who they are, top slugs end up in Prison the remainder won’t attempt anything like this Coup ever again. I also say for good measure we need to ‘target’ all those foreigners and force their govt’s to remove them as well. NOW THAT is Draining the SWAMP!

  10. Daniel Staggers // May 28, 2021 at 11:53 am // Reply

    A great many of them no doubt believed they were acting in the best interests of the nation and were simply doing their jobs.”

    I don’t believe that for a minute. There is NO 99% good guys in the FBI, those who weren’t complicit, covered up for those who were. If you allow a crime to happen and you don’t try to stop it, YOU’RE GUILTY OF THAT VERY SAME CRIME! AT LEAST YOU AND I ARE.


  11. ballgame17 // May 28, 2021 at 12:09 pm // Reply

    A lot of players in this “coup” game ; find them , bring them before a grand jury and start the information flow . If ever “public servants -gone rogue” need to be exposed and severely punished it is ASAP! You’ll know Barr/ Durham et al are getting close; the chickens will be squawking and the MSM will go more nuts!

  12. Marshall Gill // May 28, 2021 at 12:52 pm // Reply

    How on Earth did Brennan, a communist and worshiper of the illiterate pedophile, ever acquire the approval of the Senate in the first place?! Yeah, just confirm the nomination of someone who is a member of both of the most anti-American ideologies on the planet?

  13. Everyone seems to assume this coup against Trump was the first time Intelligence and law enforcement bureaucrats have weighed on the democratic process. I’m not so sure. LBJ wire tapped Goldwater didn’t he? He used the FBI to do it didn’t he? There are other examples and strong theories about the CIA’s involvement in the JFK assassination, n’est pass? Robert Kennedy, Martin Luther King, we simply don’t know what we don’t know.

    And now we have a catastrophic fail. How we ask, did it ever go so far? How did such callous and casual incompetence contemplate such horrendous crimes against our republic? It seems to me quite likely and only natural to assume it is all a factor of, and easily explained by the assumption of a casual familiarity, the routine progression of abuse of power in the self serving desire to accommodate superiors. Careers are advanced, or dead ended through such accommodation and an easy comfort with such nefarious activity is normalized.

    J Edgar Hoover was completely unaccountable. Who, which Administration since has held any FBI Director, or CIA Director accountable? Again, we don’t know what we don’t know. It’s especially easy to imagine one hand accommodating the other, presidents looking the other way, but when it comes to the Chicago styled Democratic politics of an anti American Obama and a corrupt Hillary, well Katie bar the door.

    With the likes of a “Captain America” dog and pony show like James Comey, it simply came off the rails due to his delusional self reinforcement. “Too tall” Comey actually began to believe he was incapable of being called to account, Years of insularity had made his entire team incompetent and cynically now, that was perhaps their biggest crime.

    All of which brings me to heart of what I wished to address, what you article correctly addressed. Who and what are still hidden? That’s what Mueller was really all about once he rather quickly evaluated he had no charges against Trump for any Russian collusion. Sure he continued to fish around witch hunting and badgering mostly innocent people for crimes that had nothing to do with Trump hoping they knew something else about him that could be used to bludgeon his Presidency. They were also sanitizing the paper trails as they walked the hat back, destroying whatever evidence they could.

    Donald Trump may very well be America’s last Popeye. He simply is what he is and he has showed up in a nick of time to save Olive Oil. God bless him. How grateful we are. But Attorney General William Barr, depending on just how well he does his investigation and supervises the prosecutions lies our republic’s only hope for a new lease on liberty. You see the full weight of democracy’s entire rationale for existence is accountability. The people do a rather dismal job of self government as a rule, a real mishmash mostly, but they alone are capable of holding the powerful elites to any standard of accountability. Sure we’re tangle footed and clumsy, mostly ignorant, but when it comes to accountability we’re it and Trump has handled it off to Barr. Now it all depends on him and we’re about to find out just how good our heroes really are. Thanks to National Sentinel for such a great article

  14. Welp, it’s the CIA and the FB effing I, they should have no trouble finding these people involved and all of a sudden not working there anymore, and drag their carcasses back and ask them some very pointed questions……………But I ain’t holding my breath…

  15. Bennie Sprouse // May 28, 2021 at 4:47 pm // Reply

    Q said “FISA goes both ways”! I’m sure PRESIDENT TRUMP’S ARMY of Investigators didn’t wait till they “read about it in the paper” to begin THEIR surveillance of the POS oblama and his minions! Remember that “TWO HOP” Rule - works for US too! I think when the arrests begin there will be MANY empty desks/offices in MANY Government Agencies and CONGRESS! I’ve been doing research too - now have an ample supply of POPCORN, Seasoning Salt, and Orangeman Drink!! I’ve always preferred orange soda with popcorn!

  16. This all isn’t over. If Democratic National Committee involved, then RICO statutes might apply, and the Democrat party might even be under judicial supervision.

  17. Saltherring // May 28, 2021 at 5:12 pm // Reply

    AG Barr needs to fire FBI Director Chris Wray as he is obviously a Deep State plant. In fact I am betting the Deep State goes at least 3 layers deep in the FBI and probably deeper. The CIA is also rotten to the core. I retired from the Department of Defense in 2007 and if I had been forced to work for managers as corrupt as those running the FBI and CIA I would have resigned from federal service decades prior to retirement.

  18. We need to find these “persons of interest”.

  19. Larry Folds // May 29, 2021 at 12:18 am // Reply

    The real plotters-in-chief will walk scot free. Namely Obama, Hillary, Lynch and Podesta.

  20. This does affect JUST Trump …. think how the Institutional Corruption effected EVERY court case these criminal enterprises testified in?
    A BIASED FBI means ALL FBI sworn testimony is questionable and unreliable.
    A BIASED FBI means every court case outcome in which the FBI has been involved is untrustworthy.
    A BIASED FBI means that everything from WACO to Oklahoma Bomb to 9/11 must be reexamined.
    The Feds/FBI did a criminally irresponsible job of investigating the Oklahoma Bomb and Sanilac county, with the Militia Culture permeating it. There were TWO militias up there. (1) The CITIZENS Militia, with 85 year old Hattie Farley, which OPPOSED the Sheriff and the “Good Old Boys” and (2) The violence prone, RACIST, PRO-sheriff “element”.
    Sanilac county Sheriff Virgil Strickler was BFF and business partner with David Rydel, “commandant” of the “united States Theatre Command” militia which is named in the FBI “Project Megiddo” report for Y2K. Strickler let the Rydel militia use the department’s shooting range. LOUD explosions on the Nichols farm were repeatedly reported to Strickler, So what do you know! when the Feds raided the farm the evidence was cleaned up. James Nichols stated in his speech at the Dearborn Centennial Library that the FIRST person he wanted to talk to was Strickler, which he did BEFORE talking to the FEDS. James was welcomed home as a HERO when he was released from Federal custody. All described in Nichols’ book “Freedom’s End”
    The “support network” for the bomb extended to the very top of Sanilac County. Worth Township in Sanilac county, had a Supervisor, James Payne, who flew Confederate flags on his property for decades. He drove around with a Confederate license plate, and had a Black Lawn Jockey holding a Confederate flag standing right at his door. Sheriff Strickler and Judge Donald Teeple REGULARLY passed that lawn jockey and saw the flags as they entered Payne’s home to socialize.

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