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Sep 24, 2018 • 6 tweets • 1 min read
My fellow dudes I want to share a story that happened to me. The year was 1993 and I was in HS attending a party with older kids. Somebody thought it would be funny to slip something in my beer. Luckily my friends drove me around for hours till it passed.
It was terrifying. I was conscious but unaware of why I was so intoxicated. Everyone laughed it off like it was no big deal (in fact the guilty party years later offered an apology).
Sep 23, 2018 • 5 tweets • 1 min read
If you like my tweets and calling it like I see it, now might be a good time to say I intend to run for public office in 2019. Because I believe now is the time for big ideas.
Local & city government is so important. As disturbing as the 2016 election was, it laid bare how much of divide and the disparity that still exists. I want to focus on education and solving a lack of equity and equality in it. There is no greater piece of hope then our children
Sep 16, 2018 • 4 tweets • 1 min read
It’s time for big ideas and Medicare for all isn’t it. Why? Because drs don’t have to take it and many won’t because it’s terrible insurance. The solution is the actual price of healthcare vs the cost. Let’s fix the root cause of problems not bandaid it.
We’ve created a system where we buy insurance because we can’t afford the price tag of health care. And insurance so we can have a dr for non-critical/emergencies, that’s not what insurance is for. Health care, not insurance should be affordable.
Sep 15, 2018 • 4 tweets • 1 min read
My last corporate job was working for News Corp (yes I know) on common core. I spent time in underperforming schools and while I think students should graduate with a base ed, I wasn’t a fan. I want to see students in school longer and a focus on enrichment (art, history etc).
I believe education isn’t just core competencies such as math, reading and science (but they are critical). But also include immersion and exposure to things like programming and civics and literature. Things not part of mandated curriculum that only schools w means can afford.
Sep 11, 2018 • 7 tweets • 2 min read
There are a few times I have openly wept. The birth of my children and on 9/11. On that day walking back from Harvard with armed F15s overhead not knowing if friends or family were dead I had tears streaming down my cheeks. In an instant the world had changed and I did too
From the missing posters around Manhattan to the empty cars parked in commuter parking lots; the sense of grief was overwhelming. My wife and I got downtown and the silence and emptiness for a City (w the exception of pets crying) always full of life was gut wrenching.
Sep 9, 2018 • 4 tweets • 1 min read
I think the toughest thing for Americans to understand is that Russian ideology sees the US as their main threat. All these intelligence services act accordingly. There is no bravado in how they act against us, it is careful and thoughtful with an element of fear.
During my time with the FBI I got the impression that the Bureau treated each operation as having little impact in the status quo. But that’s not how I saw the Russian approach; they had more of an appetite for risk.
Sep 9, 2018 • 4 tweets • 1 min read
The arrogance of these former senior folks pining about Trumps evils while completely ignoring that they depriortized the Russian threat which allowed him to ascend to the White House pisses me off.
Do people not get that Russia pulled off one hell of an operation, because we failed to stop it?
Sep 4, 2018 • 7 tweets • 2 min read
If you read this description it is so clear that Russia was successful in installing chaos in the White House. The danger that a fractured US poses is almost unquantifiable. washingtonpost.com/politics/bob-w…
Kelly said of Trump: “He’s an idiot. It’s pointless to try to convince him of anything. He’s gone off the rails. We’re in Crazytown. I don’t even know why any of us are here. This is the worst job I’ve ever had.”
Sep 3, 2018 • 6 tweets • 2 min read
If you want to get a sense of what it was like to stalk a Russian target @jackryanamazon gets the closest. Understanding the ideology the target belongs to is important, but in the end it’s about understanding the individual and what motivates them. amazon.com/Tom-Clancys-Ja…
60-100 planning hours for every hour I spent w my Russian target. That included PowerPoint slides and hours gaming out scenarios. But in the end it was up to me to work my target. He had believe when he asked me to do something is was bc he wanted too, even though I was driving.
Aug 31, 2018 • 4 tweets • 2 min read
So I’ve been speaking about racism and the double-standard put to POC and I hope networks takes seriously the threat to us. It is not something I will miss at all. I’m thick skinned but this attack and dogged accusations is exhausting. @MalcolmNance
I will not hide my frustration that my white colleagues never faced any scrutiny of their background or credentials by outsiders. Instead the attacks on people like me, Malcom and Joy came on racial lines.
Aug 30, 2018 • 7 tweets • 2 min read
My second interview with @PoliticusSarah politicususa.com/2018/08/29/thi…
“I grew up, Sarah, a child of the 80s taught that the Civil Rights movement was a war that was fought and won and Martin Luther King achieved everything that he set out to achieve...And the reality is, it’s not done. It’s not over.”
Aug 29, 2018 • 6 tweets • 2 min read
Running an ed sys like this is not serving students. One of the biggest problems facing schools is money. Affluent areas are able to fund raise for programs and enrichment, while poor ones are not. We should be focused on equity and equality of education for ALL. #seattle
I worked at Columbia University and Harvard University and spent time at News Corp working on common core. Education and the abysmal way we handle primary education is an issue that I feel passionately about.
Aug 23, 2018 • 5 tweets • 1 min read
Just a reminder: Russian intelligence uses oligarchs and mobsters to launder Russian government money to support intelligence activities. They recruit assets for this sole purpose...
It would be a logical inference that Russia (and other countries) look to organizations that have an international presence, especially those that take cash abroad. This would allow said countries to move money undetected to the United States. /2
Aug 21, 2018 • 7 tweets • 1 min read
Re: Cohen. The FSB launders money for the Russian government. It’s reverse laundering: a way to support intel ops wo Russian fingerprints. I suspect that Trump, like Manafort, was part of that network. The fact that all of this happened wo raising suspicions of Feds is troubling.
Post 9/11 one of the biggest things was counter threat financing focused on denying terrorists the ability to move money and fund operations. It was part of the Patriot Act and it became a focus even of military intelligence. /2
Aug 21, 2018 • 9 tweets • 2 min read
Let’s define “hacking” or intelligence collection vs a cyber attack. Thread /1
Intelligence collection or spying/espionage uses INTs such as Human Intelligence (HUMINT) or Signals Intelligence (SIGINT). These methods are all meant to do the same thing: spy. /2
Aug 20, 2018 • 5 tweets • 2 min read
I understand for POC you can just make things up. I’m finishing up my last year at Naval War College, I have 10 years as an intelligence officer, my book was reviewed by DoD and I have appeared on TV with the CD7 squad supervisor I worked for. What is Schindler’s background?
Here’s the interview with Scott and I have been vetted by people far better than Schindler. Again what is HIS background besides resigning from Naval War College? thedailybeast.com/an-american-sp…
Aug 20, 2018 • 4 tweets • 2 min read
So @drdenagrayson the wife of democratic congressman @AlanGrayson called me a “dangle” a highly offensive term. That term implies that I, a POC, was nothing more than bait used by the FBI — that I couldn’t possibly have done anything of note.
I have no idea what @drdenagrayson background is, but I’m fairly certain she never worked a day in her life in the military or the intelligence community.
Aug 20, 2018 • 4 tweets • 2 min read
Nice hashtag, I can see all your civic work allows you to think you can be a total racist @drdenagrayson 🙄(PS - I spent the last 13 years working in intelligence, you’re welcome)
But please why don’t you who never spent a day in the intelligence community or sitting in front of a Russian intelligence officer for 3 years tell me what I was and wasn’t. @drdenagrayson
Aug 19, 2018 • 5 tweets • 3 min read
One of the favorite claims by #verifiedvickis and their racist followers “I wasn’t a double agent” or “the FBI warned me to stop claiming I was” or “I claimed to be a special agent.” NONE. OF. THOSE. THINGS. ARE. TRUE.
Again do any of these #verifedvickis ask people like John Schindler what he did at NSA or why he resigned from Naval War College? Nope of course not. Did they do that for “Mr. Smith?” Nope. White guys get a pass of course.
As always feel free to turn the channel when I’m on, not read what I write, block or mute me, don’t buy my book, say you disagree with me — the fact that all you can do is attack our creds and background is why you’re #racists.
Aug 19, 2018 • 4 tweets • 2 min read
Can I also add “being a national security expert and giving their professional opinion based on experience?” This doesn’t mean you should tweet at them insestantly calling them frauds, demanding they be fired or asking them to prove to you they are relevant. #racists