Grassley Turns Up the Heat on British Office of Net Assessment Nest in Pentagon Caught in Coup against President Trump

January 27, 2020

Sen. Charles Grassley sent a letter on Jan. 22 to the director of the Pentagon’s Office of Net Assessment (ONA), James Baker, requesting written answers by Feb. 5 to 14 carefully-crafted questions, along with the extensive documentation requested. Grassley’s questions cover two areas: (1) ONA’s financing of Cambridge University Prof. Stefan Halper, who played a central in setting up the illegal surveillance operation against Donald Trump; and (2) what the hell is the ONA up to in general? Grassley reminded Baker that ONA had stonewalled Grassley’s series of previous requests going back to July 2019 on the Halper matter, and suggested ONA respond in a timely fashion to this new request from the chair of Senate Finance Committee.
Grassley has picked a key target. The ONA has been at the center of British perversion of traditional U.S. military structure and strategic policy since it was set up in 1973 under Richard Nixon, under the direction of the Rand Corporation’s lunatic utopian strategist Andy Marshall. In his 42 years heading ONA, Marshall trained generations of policymakers to adopt the British imperial outlook. Shutting this nest down would go a long way to freeing the U.S. from the danger of nuclear war.

ONA paid Halper around a million dollars in “research grants.” In his letter to ONA head Baker, Grassley cites a review of Halper’s work by the DOD Inspector General which questioned if Halper had conducted his work “in accordance with applicable laws and regulations.” If the ONA accepted defective work, it may be in “violation of the law,” Grassley states.

He asks also: “Can ONA state for certain that Halper did not use taxpayer money provided by DOD to recruit, or attempt to recruit, sources for the FBI investigation into the now-debunked theory of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia? Are you, or any other ONA official, aware of any other relationships Professor Halper had with foreign intelligence officers?”

Grassley demands a detailed report on just what the ONA has been funding: both all contracts issued for each of the last five years, and just what it spent the “significant amount of money” it allocated to Asia studies over the past 20 years?

Grassley demands ONA answer what U.S. taxpayers paid for two ONA studies, in particular, and how it justifies them under its legal mandate. One was for a paper focused “largely on Vladimir Putin’s neurological development and potential Asperger’s diagnosis.” And even wilder: the ONA funded a workshop “On the Nature of Americans as a Warlike People,” which concluded, Grassley reports, that “American belligerency … [is] the result of the persistence of Scotch-Irish culture in America, with its emphasis on violent responses to challenge … reinforced by slaveholding, and American Protestant religious beliefs”!