Half of new Democratic hopefuls are former CIA or other operatives
The Democratic Party in the United States is looking to capture a majority in the House of Representatives in the 2018 midterm elections. But as many as half of their new representatives will be former CIA and other intelligence operatives.
The potential flood of military-intelligence personnel into the American legislature has no precedent in US political history.
According to a bombshell new report from the World Socialist Web Site, tweeted by WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, former intelligence and military operatives from the CIA, Pentagon, National Security Council and State Department are seeking nomination as Democratic candidates for Congress in the 2018 midterm elections. (ER: see links to the WSWS 3-part article here, here and here)
The US House of Representatives is currently controlled by the Republicans, with a majority of 238 compared to 193 Democrats. To obtain a majority of 218 seats in the next Congress, Democrats must win over 24 seats.
It has been predicted that the Democrats will capture a majority in the House of Representatives on November 6. In this case, the US military-intelligence apparatus will comprise as many as half of the new Democratic members of Congress and they will hold the balance of power in the lower chamber of Congress.
One such a candidate is Elissa Slotkin (pictured), a former CIA operative who worked as Iraq director for the National Security Council in the Obama White House.
Her areas of responsibility include drone warfare, “homeland defense” and cyber warfare when she later worked at the Pentagon as a principal deputy assistant secretary of defense for international security affairs.
The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) has listed Slotkin as one of their top candidates.
“One quarter of all the Democratic challengers in competitive House districts have military-intelligence, State Department or NSC backgrounds. This is by far the largest subcategory of Democratic candidates,” the website noted.
“National security operatives (57) outnumber state and local government officials (45), lawyers (35), corporate executives, businessmen and wealthy individuals (30) and other professionals (19) among the candidates for Democratic congressional nominations.”
Military-intelligence candidates are disproportionately favored by the party and encouraged to run in borderline districts.
The DCCC has designated 102 seats as priority or competitive, including 22 seats where the incumbents will not be running again and 80 seats where Republican incumbents could be defeated.
They have almost unlimited funding for their campaigns too, to counter any potential rivals.
Federal Election Commission reports filed by all the Democratic candidates in these 102 competitive districts at the end of last year, showed that these hopefuls had raised at least $100,000 each already.
Most of these Democratic candidates are quite open about their intelligence involvement too. Abigail Spanberger (pictured), seeking the Democratic nomination in a district in the suburbs of Richmond, Virginia, declared on her campaign website: “After nearly a decade serving in the CIA, I’m running for Congress in Virginia’s 7th District to fight for opportunity, equality and security for all Americans. My previous service as a law enforcement officer, a CIA officer, and a community volunteer has taught me the value of listening.”
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Image of Elissa Slotkin from Facebook, used by Jewish Insider
Image of Abigail Spanberger
Featured CIA image courtesy of Alex Wong / Getty Images