One of the many negative consequences of the Russiagate craze was the rehabilitation of U.S. intelligence agencies in the eyes of Liberals and Democrats. A new poll from Fox News shows that they are the group that trusts the CIA and FBI the most, compared to Republicans and Independents.
According to the poll 73 percent of Democrats, 74 percent of Hillary Clinton voters and 74 percent of liberals have confidence in the CIA. When it comes to the FBI, the agency of their patron saint Robert Mueller, its 77 percent across the board.
NBC News did a poll in December 2016 that showed Democrats favored the CIA more than Republicans since they started asking that question in 2002. That was around the time the CIA decided the Russian government interfered in the 2016 election.
During the George W. Bush presidency, the CIA came under scrutiny from Democrats for their black sites and torture programs. Under Obama, the CIA’s extrajudicial drone assassinations and covert operations in Syria and Libya were largely ignored by the same people. After the shocking loss of Hillary Clinton to Donald Trump, the Democrats quickly accepted these intelligence agencies as their ally in the fight against the orange man.
The newest hero for the Democrats to put their hopes in is the CIA "whistleblower" that came out about Trump’s Ukraine phone call. Another intelligence hero for the "resistance" to glom onto while a real whistleblower like Chelsea Manning sits in jail for exposing some of the worst war crimes the US government has committed.
Dave DeCamp is assistant editor at Antiwar.com and a freelance journalist based in Brooklyn NY, focusing on US foreign policy and wars. He is on Twitter at @decampdave.