hallmarks of an authoritarian

​A truly depressing sign of the things to come:

President-elect Donald Trump, a harsh critic of U.S. intelligence agencies, is working with top advisers on a plan that would restructure and pare back the nation’s top spy agency, people familiar with the planning said.

The move is prompted by his belief that the Office of the Director of National Intelligence has become bloated and politicized, these people said.

It’s clear then that if you don’t tell Trump what he wants to hear, you can expect him to do the following:

1) Position himself as the victim

2) Undermine your legitimacy by publicly dismissing you as politically motivated and irrelevant 

3) Quote your enemies if they happen to be saying the things he likes, even if those enemies have a long standing history as being adversarial to American interests (up to and including leaking American national security secrets).

4) When and where possible, severely weaken your ability to continue to disconfirm his theories and challenge his rhetoric.  In the case of the media, he has threatened to do this by “opening up” the libel laws, which would make it easier for him to sue news organizations, thus increasing the risk, especially for cash strapped publications, of criticising him in certain ways.  In the case of the intelligence community, there is nothing like a little “reorganization” to put people in their place.

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