Lt. Col. Tony Shaffer tells Dan Maduri that “James Clapper is a total idiot.”

Tony Shaffer feels that the intelligence might be to political for their own good

Lt Col Tony Shaffer (retired) is highly experienced intelligence officer, and recipient of the Bronze Star, with 30 years of field and operational experience. Today, appearing as a guest on Florida Live with Dan Maduri, Schaffer called Director of National Intelligence, James Clapper “A total idiot,” when questioned about his role in the latest dust up between President-elect Donald Trump and the intelligence community.

Some background on Lt Col Shaffer: During his two successful, undercover, combat tours he participated in the search for senior Al Qaeda leadership in Afghanistan. These operations provide him with a unique viewpoint on terrorism and its roots in southwest Asia.

His New York Times (NYT) and International bestselling memoir, Operation DARK HEART: Spycraft and Special Ops on the Frontlines of Afghanistan – and the Path to Victory, provides an unprecedented look at intelligence operations during a period in the Afghanistan war, in 2003, where a small number of operators were able to effectively control this large country. In recognition of successful high risk/high gain operations Tony received the Bronze Star Medal (BSM) for performance as an Operations Officer of the HUMINT Support Detachment in Afghanistan supporting CJTF 180 and the Chief of the HUMINT Support Element (HSE) for CJTF 121.

Lt Col Shaffer serves a senior fellow at the Center for Advanced Defense Studies (CADS) he has conducted multiple courses of instruction, to include the Psychology of Terrorism, Leadership and Effects Based Operations. He has testified before Congress on key intelligence issues, lectured at the U.S. Army War College and is nationally known Subject Matter Expert (SME) intelligence collection and policy, terrorism, data mining, situational awareness and adaptive/disruptive technologies. He is also a senior advisor to multiple organizations on terrorism, cyber operations and counterinsurgency issues and a member of the US Nuclear Strategy Forum. Tony is a frequent guest on national electronic media (TV and radio) and is frequently quoted in print media as an analyst regarding defense issues.

The background used in this story came from the London Center for Policy Research.



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