Erik Prince, in collaboration with Oliver North (of Iran/Contra -- cocaine and arms smuggling fame), is pitching a private global 'intelligence' - secret police force. The excuse for this is to provide expendable spooks, on the ground, that would have no official state cover for their spy tradecraft. The intelligence then would be reported back directly to the CIA Director and/or to the coming imperial President, completely bypassing all other Constitutional and bureaucratic oversight. The Trump administration is considering a set of proposals developed by Blackwater founder Erik Prince and a retired CIA officer — with assistance from Oliver North, a key figure in the Iran-Contra scandal — to provide CIA Director Mike Pompeo and the White House with a global, private spy network that would circumvent official U.S. intelligence agencies, according to several current and former U.S. intelligence officials and others familiar with the proposals. The sources say the plans have been pitched to the White House as a means of countering “deep state” enemies in the intelligence community seeking to undermine Donald Trump’s presidency. The creation of such a program raises the possibility that the effort would be used to create an intelligence apparatus to justify the Trump administration’s political agenda. “Pompeo can’t trust the CIA bureaucracy, so we need to create this thing that reports just directly to him,” said a former senior U.S. intelligence official with firsthand knowledge of the proposals, in describing White House discussions. “It is a direct-action arm, totally off the books,” this person said, meaning the intelligence collected would not be shared with the rest of the CIA or the larger intelligence community. “The whole point is this is supposed to report to the president and Pompeo directly.” ... https://theintercept.com/2017/12/04...-private-spies-to-counter-deep-state-enemies/ As mentioned, in addition to foreign intelligence operations - writ large, another function would be to protect the imperial President from his political enemies, especially those now within the so-called Deep State. The Imperial Roman's term for this latter function was the Praetorian Guard, and in this case would supercede the functionality of the Secret Service, whose protection is limited to physical protection rather than political. An anecdotal example is given for this praetorian political pretext, using alleged actions of H.R. McMaster: ... “[Maguire] said there were people inside the CIA who joined in the previous eight years [under Obama] and inside the government, and they were failing to give the president the intelligence he needed,” said a person who was pitched by Maguire and other Amyntor personnel. To support his claim, Maguire told at least two people that National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster, in coordination with a top official at the National Security Agency, authorized surveillance of Steven Bannon and Trump family members, including Donald Trump Jr. and Eric Trump. Adding to these unsubstantiated claims, Maguire told the potential donors he also had evidence McMaster used a burner phone to send information gathered through the surveillance to a facility in Cyprus owned by George Soros. ... Prince has already pitched the idea of a new private corporation, modeled on the old British East India Company, to privatize the war in Afghanistan, which if successful would surely expand beyond that country. Just the mineral rights in Afghanistan are said to be worth over $1 trillion. Such a private global intelligence operation would fit hand-in-glove with the BEIC analogue. The last sentence (in red) of the next excerpt is Prince's admission that he made the Afghanistan proposal. The operation would also include renditions and assassinations of individuals, of which the CIA's own 'official' programs had been bad enough, and did no good PR for the USA. ... According to two people who have worked extensively with Prince in recent years, Prince has been contacting former Blackwater personnel who worked on a post-9/11 era CIA assassination program targeting Al Qaeda operatives. That program, which the Bush White House prohibited the CIA from disclosing to congressional intelligence committees, was revealed to Congress in 2009 by then-CIA Director Leon Panetta. The CIA says the program did not result in any assassinations. Among the capabilities Prince offers is a network of deniable assets — spies, fixers, foreign intelligence agents — spread across the globe that could be used by the White House. “You pick any country in the world Erik’s been in, and it’s there,” said a longtime Prince associate. “They’re a network of very dark individuals.” The associate, who has worked extensively with Prince, then began rattling off places where the private spies and paramilitaries already operate — Saudi Arabia, Israel, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt, “all across North Africa.” Opaque contracting arrangements are typical for Prince, who became a lightning rod in his Blackwater days and now prefers to minimize controversy by operating in the shadows, disguising his involvement in sensitive operations with layers of subcontractors and elaborately crafted legal structures. “That’s his exact MO,” said the longtime Prince associate, adding that Prince consistently attempts to ensure plausible deniability of his role in U.S. and foreign government contracts. “I have zero to do with any such effort and saying that I did/do would be categorically false,” Prince said in his email to The Intercept. “Knowingly publishing false information exposes you to civil legal action. The only effort I’ve quite publicly pitched is an alternative to Afghanistan.” ... As if all the above weren't bad enough, Prince is presently involved with the Chinese government, which has the same kind of authoritarian predilections as Trump et al. Welcome to Swamp Freedom 2.0. ... The former senior intelligence official with direct knowledge of the efforts scoffed at Prince’s denials. “Erik’s proposal had no company names on the slides,” this person said, “but there is no doubt that Prince and Maguire were working together.” Prince and Maguire have a long professional relationship. Maguire recently completed a stint as a consultant with Prince’s company, Frontier Services Group, a Hong Kong-based security and logistics company partially owned by the Chinese government. FSG has no known connections to the private spy plan. ... A secure communications facility in the Trump Hotel, sardonically the former US Post Office headquarters? ... Amyntor employees took potential donors to a suite in the Trump Hotel in Washington, which they claimed was set up to conduct “secure communications.” Some White House staff and Trump campaign supporters came to refer to the suite as “the tinfoil room,” according to one person who visited the suite. This account was confirmed by another source to whom the room was described. “John [Maguire] was certain that the deep state was going to kick the president out of office within a year,” said a person who discussed it with Maguire. “These guys said they were protecting the president.” Maguire and others at Amyntor have boasted that they have already sent intelligence reports to Pompeo. ... This Deep State excuse and such is all a ruse, for example, using such as H.R. McMaster is a cynical false flag, as Trump, Flynn, Bannon et al. are all double agents of the deep Deep State. Micael Flynn would never haveben placed in charge of the DIA, or ran the military intel operation in Afghanistan, for years, without known that we ran Al Qaeda and helped create the Taliban, and facilitated the heroin trade. This is what dismantling the federal government is really all about, to create an unregulated financial bonanza for certain 'colluding', 'downtrodden' elites - in addition to the tax giveaways for same, etc.. The "good news" - the Trump evangelion to his base, at least, is that there will indeed be plenty more jobs in the 'security' biz. However, in terms of the presently unfolding 'New Age' being 'revealed, the rest of the world will only come to see the USA as even more that of the apocalyptic Great Satan, from which they must hope for some savior to arrive. Don't worry, Pope Francis said (September 2015) that he/she/it is on the way. Of course, this will be some decades down the road ... as even divine babies take time. Meanwhile, all the world is a profitable stage.