Operation Crossfire Hurricane Was All about British Spying

The New York Time’s explanation for the code name, Crossfire Hurricane, seems made up.

We reported before on how the New York Times is working with the rest of the deep state to spin treason as law enforcement. But I did not catch the full dizzying pace of the spin.

It turns out the New York Time’s rationale for the name of the operation, Crossfire Hurricane, doesn’t make much sense. The words are lyrics from the Rolling Stones’ song, “Jumping Jack Flash.”

As the New York Times “explained”:

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The name, a reference to the Rolling Stones lyric “I was born in a crossfire hurricane,” was an apt prediction of a political storm that continues to tear shingles off the bureau. Days after they closed their investigation into Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server, agents began scrutinizing the campaign of her Republican rival. The two cases have become inextricably linked in one of the most consequential periods in the history of the F.B.I.

Notice how they don’t want to even remind readers of the title of the song the lyric is from! Why not? Because it was also the title of an 80s movie that used the song. Indeed, the first lyric you hear in this trailer is, “I was born in a crossfire hurricane” (at 59 seconds).

What’s this? A movie about a spy who has information that might save “the free world”?

If you had told me at the time I watched Whoopi Goldberg in “Jumping Jack Flash” that it would be relevant to an FBI coup attempt in the next century, I would have thought you were insane.

But the deep state is that insane.

The Federalist reports, “How The Code Name ‘Crossfire Hurricane’ Undermines The FBI’s Russia Story.”

The name, explains the paper, refers to the Rolling Stones lyric “I was born in a crossfire hurricane,” from the 1968 hit “Jumpin’ Jack Flash.” Mick Jagger, one of the songwriters, said the song was a “metaphor” for psychedelic-drug induced states. The other, Keith Richards, said it “refers to his being born amid the bombing and air raid sirens of Dartford, England, in 1943 during World War II.”

Investigation names, say senior U.S. law enforcement officials, are designed to refer to facts, ideas, or people related to the investigation. Sometimes they’re explicit, and other times playful or even allusive. So what did the Russia investigation have to do with World War II, psychedelic drugs, or Keith’s childhood?

The answer may be found in the 1986 Penny Marshall film named after the song, “Jumpin’ Jack Flash.” In the Cold War-era comedy, a quirky bank officer played by Whoopi Goldberg comes to the aid of Jonathan Pryce, who plays a British spy being chased by the KGB.

The code name “Crossfire Hurricane” is therefore most likely a reference to the former British spy whose allegedly Russian-sourced reports on the Trump team’s alleged ties to Russia were used as evidence to secure a Foreign Intelligence Service Act secret warrant on Trump adviser Carter Page in October 2016: ex-MI6 agent Christopher Steele.

It is hardly surprising that the Times refrained from exploring the meaning of the code name. The paper of record has apparently joined a campaign, spearheaded by the Department of Justice, FBI, and political operatives pushing the Trump-Russia collusion story, to minimize Steele’s role in the Russia investigation.

After an October news report showed his dossier was funded by the Clinton campaign and Democratic National Committee, facts that further challenged the credibility of Steele’s research, the FBI investigation’s origin story shifted.

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Joe Scudder

Joe Scudder

Joe Scudder is the "nom de plume" (or "nom de guerre") of a fifty-ish-year-old writer and stroke survivor. He lives in St Louis with his wife and still-at-home children. He has been a freelance writer and occasional political activist since the early nineties. He describes his politics as Tolkienesque.

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