A few months ago, Sen. Dianne Feinstein accused the CIA of spying on the intelligence committee she chairs, which is supposed to oversee the spook agency. "Nothing could be further from the truth," sputtered CIA chief John Brennan. "I mean, that's just beyond the scope of reason." Yes it is chief, but – Holy 007 – it turns out to have been true!
A few months ago, Sen. Dianne Feinstein accused the CIA of spying on the intelligence committee she chairs, which is supposed to oversee the spook agency. “Nothing could be further from the truth,” sputtered CIA chief John Brennan. “I mean, that’s just beyond the scope of reason.” Yes it is chief, but – Holy 007 – it turns out to have been true!
So the guy who’s in charge of America’s deepest secrets had to trek up to Capitol Hill and apologize to Sen. Feinstein, admitting that he didn’t know what was going on in the spy agency that’s meant to spy on foreign terrorists, not US senate committees. Of course, Brennan might’ve known and was simply lying back in March when denying the CIA would do such a thing. After all, this is the same John Brennan who flagrantly lied in 2011, ridiculously claiming that dozens of US drone strikes had not caused “a single collateral death.” So who in the world would trust anything Brennan says?
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Well, Barack Obama would. After the Feinstein fiasco, the President expressed full confidence in the Liar of Langley – the town outside of Washington where the CIA is headquartered. After all, said Obama, Brennan did man-up and apologize to the Chairlady. That’s sweet, but she’s hardly the only one offended by the CIA’s arrogant, autocratic overreach. How about us – the people who pay the tab for Brennan’s out-of-control operatives?
Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham said “heads should roll” at the CIA if it was true that agents spied on their own oversight committee. Now we know it is true – and head number one should be Brennan’s, for he’s fostered this dangerous, democracy-crushing culture of lawlessness at the agency. Sen. Mark Udall of Colorado has had the integrity to call for Brennan to be fired. For information, go to Udall’s website, www.MarkUdall.senate.gov.
The C.I.A.’s Reckless Breach of Trust,” The New York Times, August 1, 2014.
Secret ‘Kill List’ Proves a Test of Obama’s Principles and Will,” www.nytimes.com, May 29, 2012.