The CIA has posted a new recruitment video which the Right has been slamming on social media for being too “woke.” The video is little more than 2 minutes and looks at a CIA officer named Mija. When it was posted the text with it read: “I am unapologetically me. I want you to be unapologetically you, whoever you are. Whether you work at #CIA, or anywhere else in the world. Command your space. Mija, you are worth it.” 

Why is There Backlash? 

“I am intersectional, but my existence is not a box-checking exercise,” the 36 year old agent says in the video, later adding that she “refuse[s] to internalize misguided, patriarchal ideas of what a woman can or should be.” The agency posted the video, which speaks little of the qualifications needed to work for the CIA, on Twitter on Wednesday. Newsweek reported the video was mocked on Twitter by users who slammed the ad as an effort to speak to “woke millennials.”

Aisha Ahmad, a PhD candidate tweeted:

“Actual quotes from this new CIA recruitment ad:

‘I am a woman of color’

‘I am a cisgender millennial’

‘I have been diagnosed with generalized anxiety disorder’

‘I am intersectional’

I think it’s safe to say the contemporary American left has failed.”

Dinesh D’Souza, author, filmmaker, and host of the Dinesh D’Souza Podcast, tweeted:

“The CIA just released a recruitment video full of woke propaganda and America’s enemies are laughing their heads off. @CIA”

Political commentator Liz Wheeler tweeted:

“Watch this insane CIA recruitment video & tell me the CIA isn’t a woke swamp creature… capable & willing to weaponize their power to target their political opponents: conservatives.”

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Director and producer Robby Starbuck tweeted:

“This is a real video released by the CIA. Every institution is being destroyed by the woke left. If we don’t stop this, [the U.S.] will fall. I bet instead of waterboarding, they’ll unleash real torture on terrorists: Listening to ‘progressives’ talk for hours about every social issue.”

Former CIA Officer  Bryan Dean Wright tweeted:

“The CIA used to be about mission to country. (I speak from experience) Now it’s now about demanding — and getting — accommodation to fix an emotional wound or advance a personal agenda. America is less safe with this new CIA, and dangerously more political.”

Is the CIA Following Behind the FBI? 

The CIA’s recruitment video follows the Federal Bureau of Investigation hiring Scott McMillion as its first chief diversity officer. “As our chief diversity officer, Scott is the right person to ensure that the FBI fosters a culture of diversity and inclusion and that our workforce reflects the communities we serve,” FBI Director Christopher Wray said. “I’m grateful he has agreed to bring his talent, experience, and dedication to our Office of Diversity and Inclusion, where he will build upon the important work that others started.” When Former President Donald Trump was in office rifts began to form between conservatives and intelligence agencies such as the CIA and FBI. 

Republicans Don’t Trust intelligence agencies

Donald Trump may be gone from Washington, but House Republicans continue to nurse his grievances against the American intelligence community. The republican lawmakers have made it clear they have little trust in America’s security agencies. “I’m telling you, if an FBI agent came up and asked to talk to me, there’s no way in the world I would talk to them without a lawyer present. I don’t care what they wanted to know,” Rep. Chris Stewart of Utah told FBI Director Christopher Wray, a lifelong Republican appointed by Trump. 

In a December Ipsos poll, 39 percent of respondents agreed that a “deep state” was working to undermine Trump. Majorities of both Republicans and Fox News viewers responding to the poll agreed with that assessment, as did nearly half of white men and rural residents, both strong Republican demographics.

Written by: Erinn Malloy

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