“Let us be clear about the possibility that UK intelligence (MI-5, MI-6 and the military) or police intelligence will stop cooperating with the US IC. The possibility is ZERO.”
Retired DIA Colonel Pat Lang
Colonel W. Patrick Lang is a retired senior officer of U.S. Military Intelligence and U.S. Army Special Forces (The Green Berets). He served in the Department of Defense both as a serving officer and then as a member of the Defense Senior Executive Service for many years Colonel Land is a calm and patient man. But, even a good man can run out of patience… Follow us on Twitter: @INTEL_TODAY.
On May 25 2017, Colonel Lang published the following post in response to the UK ‘outrage’ over the Manchester bombing leaks.
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First among unequals
The news is replete today with PM Teresa May’s well phrased outrage over the same US government leaks to the press that have outraged President Trump. In this case it is likely IMO that some group like NYPD under Mayor Blasio’s influence leaked to the NY Times.
Let us be clear about the possibility that UK intelligence (MI-5, MI-6 and the military) or police intelligence will stop cooperating with the US IC. The possibility is ZERO.
I know as much as anyone of the nature of the relationships of the US IC and its allies as anyone. The US contribution to all of these is somewhere between 80% and 95%. These folks have very little real collection and analytic capabilities. We give them everything and they cannot give us much of anything because they have nothing.
There are exceptions. The US IC and the British “old boys club” are welded at the hip. Our thing grew from their thing in WW2. Before that our war plans were based on the idea of the British Empire as the enemy.
The US IC and that of the UK are virtually the same thing in the SIGINT field and James Bond fantasies aside, no one has trusted MI-6 since Philby. Israel/US intelligence relations are overwhelmingly conducted on the basis of the Israeli attitude of “what’s mine is mine and what’s yours is mine as well.”
The French have excellent HUMINT in their former empire but aside from their excellent soldierly qualities the rest is not much. All the rest of US intel liaison relationships across the world is mostly a matter of diplomacy.
I am so tired of the mendacious BS. pl
PS — Perhaps, the good Colonel is over-reacting… Has he forgotten all the great Intelligence the US has received over the years from his European allies?
The “45- minute Iraqi WMD” claim from MI6’s Tony Blair, “Curveball’s priceless intelligence” from the German BND and the astonishing “Nigerian Uranium Files” from Italy?
And course, the recent Trump Dossier — in particular its ‘Goldengate’ chapter — will undoubtedly end in the annals of the very best ‘Intel’ the British spooks have ever produced.
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About Colonel W. Patrick Lang & “Sic Semper Tyrannis”
Colonel W. Patrick Lang is a retired senior officer of U.S. Military Intelligence and U.S. Army Special Forces (The Green Berets). He served in the Department of Defense both as a serving officer and then as a member of the Defense Senior Executive Service for many years.
He is a highly decorated veteran of several of America’s overseas conflicts including the war in Vietnam. He was trained and educated as a specialist in the Middle East by the U.S. Army and served in that region for many years. He was the first Professor of the Arabic Language at the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York.
In the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) he was the “Defense Intelligence Officer for the Middle East, South Asia and Terrorism,” and later the first Director of the Defense Humint Service.”
For his service in DIA, he was awarded the “Presidential Rank of Distinguished Executive.” This is the equivalent of a British knighthood. He is an analyst consultant for many television and radio broadcasts. Colonel W. Patrick Lang runs the “Sic Semper Tyrannis” website.
First among unequals. — Sic Semper Tyrannis (Pat Lang)
Colonel Pat Lang — The Fury of a Patient Man