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John Brennan's extremism and dishonesty rewarded with CIA Director nomination
The Guardian ^ | 1/7/12 | Glenn Greenwald

Posted on 01/07/2013 5:23:19 PM PST by Nachum

Prior to President Obama's first inauguration in 2009, a controversy erupted over reports that he intended to appoint John Brennan as CIA director. That controversy, in which I participated, centered around the fact that Brennan, as a Bush-era CIA official, had expressly endorsed Bush's programs of torture (other than waterboarding) and rendition and also was a vocal advocate of immunizing lawbreaking telecoms for their role in the illegal Bush NSA eavesdropping program. As a result, Brennan withdrew his name from consideration, issuing a bitter letter blaming "strong criticism in some quarters prompted by [his] previous service with the" CIA.

This "victory" of forcing Brennan's withdrawal proved somewhat Pyrrhic, as Obama then appointed him as his top counter-terrorism adviser, where he exerted at least as much influence as he would have had as CIA Director, if not more. In that position, Brennan last year got caught outright lying when he claimed Obama's drone program caused no civilian deaths in Pakistan over the prior year. He also spouted complete though highly influential falsehoods to the world in the immediate aftermath of the Osama bin Laden killing, including claiming that bin Laden "engaged in a firefight" with Navy SEALS and had "used his wife as a human shield". Brennan has also been in charge of many of Obama's most controversial and radical policies, including "signature strikes" in Yemen - targeting people without even knowing who they are - and generally seizing the power to determine who will be marked for execution without any due process, oversight or transparency.

As it typically does in the US National Security State, all of that deceit and radicalism is resulting not in recrimination or loss of credibility for Brennan, but in reward and promotion. At 1 pm EST today, Obama will announce that he has selected

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TOPICS: Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: 113th; bho44; bhocia; brennan; brennans; cia; counterterrorism; director; nomination
Obama's top terrorism adviser goes from unconfirmable in 2008 to uncontroversial in 2013, reflecting the Obama legacy
1 posted on 01/07/2013 5:23:30 PM PST by Nachum
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To: Nachum

Trouble is, Brennan has the goods on President Camacho.


2 posted on 01/07/2013 5:26:28 PM PST by reagandemocrat
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To: Nachum

Enhanced interrogation techniques are AOK by me.


3 posted on 01/07/2013 5:29:23 PM PST by Broker (Be vigilant!)
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To: Nachum

major ****up gets top job....figures


4 posted on 01/07/2013 5:36:28 PM PST by Doogle (USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated))
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To: Nachum
Isn't The Guardian an ultra left wing rag ?

5 posted on 01/07/2013 5:39:55 PM PST by Uri’el-2012 (Psalm 119:174 I long for Your salvation, YHvH, Your teaching is my delight.)
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To: Nachum

Heard talk today that Obama’s next appointment will be Susan Rice as National Security Adviser.

Let’s see: Kerry, Hagel, Brennan, and Rice.

Obama is enjoying rubbing incompetence in our face.


6 posted on 01/07/2013 5:41:04 PM PST by smoothsailing
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To: Nachum

When GWB (a U.S. Citizen) was POTUS, the State-Run-Media was 24/7 against waterboarding, wiretaps of any kind, etc., and now the guy that was at the forefront of not only that process, but targeted assassination via drones, and lying about civilian casualties from strikes is gonna be rewarded, and the State-Run-Media has no problem because the Mulatto Messiah has spoken!


7 posted on 01/07/2013 5:41:29 PM PST by traditional1 (Amerika.....Providing public housing for the Mulatto Messiah)
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To: Nachum

Water-boarding is bad, but killing those same terrorist suspects via a drone is A OK (in the tortured logic of liberal minds).


8 posted on 01/07/2013 5:41:52 PM PST by USFRIENDINVICTORIA
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To: Nachum

Brennan is to “Intelligence” as Charles Manson was to
“population control” or “an evening dinner”.


9 posted on 01/07/2013 5:50:29 PM PST by MadMax, the Grinning Reaper
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To: UriĀ’el-2012; Nachum; SJackson

Isn’t this Glenn Greenwald the same self-loathing, jino, turdlette that used to regularly excoriate Israel over at Salon?

I guess he now gives Brennan a pass from supporting the war WOT, since Brennan is one of his fellow travelers who kiss the pali koranus...con gusto!


10 posted on 01/07/2013 5:59:40 PM PST by Yehuda
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To: Nachum

Having the Communist Guardian complain about Brennan is almost enough to make me think he might be a good pick. Then I consider who is picking him. Obama never made a good pick in ANY position in his administration.


11 posted on 01/07/2013 6:02:46 PM PST by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: Nachum

In general, I believe the president’s nominations should be given a great deal of deference. The nominees should represent the character and views of the president. In the case of Obama, while that communist bigot is not deserving of any title more prestigious than Former Junior US Senator from Illinois, I can’t imagine a more appropriate representative of the thug in our White House than a man described by “extremism and dishonesty”. If true, then Brennan is the right man for the job of carrying out Obama’s policies. If not, then Brennan will be an extremely rare breath of fresh air in the dreadful Obama Era.


12 posted on 01/07/2013 6:34:53 PM PST by Pollster1 (Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. - Ronald Reagan)
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To: Nachum

With Brennan Benghazi-Coward Obama will have his own private Foreign Gestapo do do his dirty work.

“The name is Hussein, Hussein Obama.”

Seig Heil! Forward!


13 posted on 01/07/2013 6:40:16 PM PST by Graewoulf ((Traitor John Roberts' Commune Obama"care" violates Anti-Trust Laws, AND the U.S. Constitution.))
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To: Nachum

All I know is 1) the guy is a real “spook” and 2) a University of Texas Longhorn.


14 posted on 01/07/2013 9:03:23 PM PST by RWAubrey ("Men sleep peacefully in their beds at night because rough men stand ready to do violence on their b)
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To: RWAubrey

2) a University of Texas Longhorn...... Ugh.


15 posted on 01/08/2013 1:46:00 AM PST by Dick Vomer (democrats are like flies, whatever they don't eat they sh#t on.)
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To: Yehuda
"turdlette"

Are you suggesting that Greenwald does not even rise to the level of a fully-formed turd? You might be correct.

16 posted on 01/08/2013 4:56:23 AM PST by driftless2
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