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Do 17 Intelligence Agencies Make Us More Intelligent?

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Is intelligence intelligent? It's hard to say.
Our 17 agencies are out there to prey
On bubbling secrets our fellow man holds,
Excepting the fact that wifey him scolds,
Or coming together they publicly say,
Mr. V. Putin our elections did sway.
.
Or was it just four, and those four cherry-picked?
'Cause just among four the conclusion sweet-clicked,
And having more cooks, well, you spoil the broth,
The point being anyhow to make pundits froth,
And assure John Q. that Putin prefers Trump,
Such putty compared to that snarling blond frump.
.
Seventeen! Is our intelligence that low?
(And seventeen more in the column Can't-Show),
It seems to be thus, you can tell from Af-Pak,
Where eighteen years' smarts have netted but jack,
Nor is Iraq an extraordinary success,
Nor luckless sad places that we've left a mess.
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It's said the Company chucks tons of intel,
Great stuff it can't use or on Ebay sell,
But which keeps employed folks who top their class list,
Folks you don't want to see left-raising a fist,
But applauding-abetting each new control,
And to whom al Qaeda is one great console.
.
'Cause good econ-times, well, they come and they go,
But with terr'ists, God bless 'em, the work's never slow,
We might nail bin Laden, send X to Guantan',
Do in ISIS and bring a smile to Prez Don,
But on the horiz' here comes a new baddie,
Grinning through beard, saying "Bro', who's your daddy?"

 

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Two intelligence agencies are required, one for domestic intelligence and one for foreign intelligence. The agencies do need subdivisions to handle various aspects of intelligence gathering and overlap.

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A favorite and very intense website I frequent is whatonearthishappening.com

When presenting, Mark Passio often breaks words down to their etymological roots.

Intellegence:

Intele--Intellect

Gensia--Wisdom

US agencies may have mountains of facts; but they appear sorely lacking in wisdom. This is to the detriment of humanity/Life, here and everywhere.

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Not only that. Intelligence is supposed to be the ability to learn. So much for that one.

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Oh, DA, I think 'they' learn very well. It's that overdeveloped left-brain intellect; and near absence of right brain endeavor.

A truly destructive imbalance.

The keen (and well-funded) understanding of human psychology, emotional/physical reactions, anatomical brain functions, and more, has taught them to masterfully generate fear, confusion and fury in the masses they so despise.

It's the wisdom lessons that don't interest them. Probably never did. Ideas like compassion, justice, cooperation, moderation.

We are living under the crush of rampant psychopathy and sadism; maladies for which there are no cures; only masks.

So-called intelligence agencies (worldwide) comprise just one tentacle, albeit growing more muscle.

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