The Central Intelligence Agency is apparently doubling down on identity politics with another purported ‘woke’ recruitment video, even though an earlier hiring promo went over like a lead balloon.
This campaign appears to give further credence to the Biden administration’s misplaced priorities, particularly in an area as vital as national security in a world fraught with challenges, especially from China, Iran, North Korea, and elsewhere.
In the latest video that has gone viral, a CIA librarian discusses, in part, his lived experience.
“Growing up gay in a small Southern town…I always struggled with the idea that I might not be able to discuss my personal life at work. Imagine my surprise when I was taking my oath at CIA, and I noticed a rainbow on then-Director Brennan’s lanyard…inclusion is a core value here.
“Officers from the top down work hard to insure that every single person, whatever their gender, gender identity, race, disability, or sexual orientation can bring their entire self to work every day.”
(Thread) The woke CIA is back with a whole set of new videos.
1.“Growing up gay in a small Southern town, I always struggled with the idea that I may not be able to discuss my personal life at work. Imagine my surprise when I noticed a rainbow on CIA Director Brennan’s lanyard.” pic.twitter.com/K9Hw7SOevl
— Alan MacLeod (@AlanRMacLeod) May 7, 2021
Side note: In between apparently championing diversity, Brennan was one of the government officials and ex-officials pushing the Trump-Russia collusion hoax. Moreover, liberals historically used to be skeptical of the CIA and other such intelligence-gathering agencies; the CIA, however, is now widely seen as liberal.
In a Twitter thread, left-leaning journalist Alan MacLeod shared several other similarly diversity-focused videos purportedly from CIA employees that he says are real, and taken from an unlisted CIA YouTube playlist that he received, including this one.
“It is important to have a diverse workforce within the agency because our mission is international” pic.twitter.com/pHBlumrR7I
— Alan MacLeod (@AlanRMacLeod) May 7, 2021
The initial CIA video that prompted widespread ridicule featured a woman describing herself as as “a cisgender millennial who’s been diagnosed with generalized anxiety disorder. I am intersectional, but my existence is not a box-checking exercise.”
Reacting to the video, Fox News host Greg Gutfeld quipped that “Wait; didn’t she just check every box? By the way, who actually says ‘I’m intersectional’? I mean, besides my couch.”
“The fact is, we have foreign enemies who dream of nothing more than killing each one of us every day. And I doubt that Oprah-level, university-approved talking points about gender and race would scare them,” Gutfeld added on a far more serious note.
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) May 5, 2021
U.S. Rep. Andy Biggs (R-Ariz.), for example, was one of many who blasted the initial ad.
Biggs irreverently suggested that the CIA should change its traditional motto from “The Work of the Nation” to “The Woke of the Nation.”
— Rep Andy Biggs (@RepAndyBiggsAZ) May 3, 2021
U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) and Donald Trump Jr. also chimed in about the elevation of social engineering over security.
If you’re a Chinese communist, or an Iranian Mullah, or Kim Jong Un…would this scare you?
We’ve come a long way from Jason Bourne. https://t.co/HW8Eh9UdXa
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) May 4, 2021
China & Russia are laughing their asses off watching CIA go full woke. "Cisgender." "Intersectional." It's like @TheBabylonBee is handling CIA's comms. If you think about it, wokeness is the kind of twisted PSYOP a spy agency would invent to destroy a country from the inside out.
— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) May 3, 2021
The new video is not winning any applause on social media either, even apparently on the left. Here is a sampling:
These “woke” ads are wild to me. CIA must really be “in need” of a new generation of imperialists and propagandists.
— bread and circuses (@phortuenti) May 7, 2021
It’s ok to bomb brown people as long as the bombs are rainbow colored.
— PJ 🏴🚩 #FreeJulianAssange (@RestlessWestie) May 7, 2021
I am genuinely unable to tell if this is real
— Bill Gebert (@BillGebert) May 7, 2021
This new Black Mirror season looks amazing!
— Hugo Goeury (@HGoeury) May 7, 2021
Imperialism with a tinge of wokeness
— મહામાત્ય વાસ્તુપાલ (@aneervin) May 7, 2021
Completely laughable. Russia, China, and the sleeper cells of various Islamic Fundamentalist groups are literally LICKING their chops, and laughing, while America destroys itself.
This is sad, and what may come as a result will be devastating.
Maybe woke, but certainly asleep.
— Michael Gerlach (@intergerlachtic) May 8, 2021
The #CIA is a joke. These videos are so embarrassing.
— Kabbie (@sentence58) May 8, 2021
CIA needs woke jargon translators to understand and decipher the coded language of the new threat so they’re recruiting. Makes sense.
— TAFKA (@AaronHa60646169) May 8, 2021
Is this a real ad or a snl parody ad?
— octopuses (@Jeffrey_reads) May 7, 2021
Are we supposed to believe all these diverse hires have qualifications that exceeded those of other candidates and extend beyond their special identities?
— Pragmatic Polar Bear (@Admiral1868) May 7, 2021
So the CIA is an equal opportunity employer of war criminals?
— Steve Goldfield (@stevegoldfield) May 8, 2021
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