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  • Ex-CIA chief John Brennan’s ‘unhinged,’ partisan attacks on Trump raise eyebrows

    03/23/2018 1:42:44 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 53 replies
    Fox News ^ | March 23, 2018 | Elizabeth Llorente
    Former CIA director John Brennan raised eyebrows this week when he went on national television and suggested the Russians “may have something” on President Trump. Brennan, who led the CIA during the Obama administration, later conceded to The New York Times that he actually had no knowledge to back the claim. To critics, this was yet another example of increasingly hostile and partisan behavior toward Trump from the former leader of an agency that considers itself above partisanship. “For John Brennan, the most recent former CIA director, to come forward and insinuate -- on national TV -- that a sitting...
  • Is Evan McMullin Merely a Secret Agent Sent by Paul Ryan?

    08/08/2016 3:59:12 PM PDT · by detective · 58 replies
    Esquire ^ | Aug 8, 2016 | Charles P. Pierce
    Feel the McMullinmentum. The big noise on tout les 'Toobz Monday morning was that this guy, Evan McMullin, a career spook who lives in Utah, announced that he would be running for president specifically as an anti-He, Trump candidate. This came at the same time as He, Trump was preparing to reset his campaign for the 400th time, this time before the Detroit Economic Club, selling out every sucker who thought of him even for a moment as a "populist," as we will see later in the day. Anyway, McMullin got some nice run on the morning cable news shows....
  • Dems Go after Gina Haspel with the “Torture” Smear

    03/22/2018 10:26:04 AM PDT · by detective · 22 replies
    Front Page ^ | March 22, 2018 | Bruce Thornton
    Gina Haspel, Trump’s pick to succeed Mike Pompeo as head of the CIA, is a thirty-year veteran of the agency, one well respected by intelligence professionals from both parties. If confirmed, she will be the first woman to run our most important security agency. But despite this feminist victory, the Dems are likely to muddy the waters at her confirmation hearings by smearing her with allegations she oversaw “torture” at a black site in Thailand in 2002. Typical of what we can expect is the New York Times editorial titled, “Having a Torturer Lead the CIA,” even as the charge...
  • “Bloody” Gina: Trump’s Nominee for CIA Director

    03/19/2018 12:07:55 PM PDT · by Starman417 · 30 replies
    Flopping Aces ^ | 03-19-18 | Wordsmith
    “We did call her Bloody Gina. Gina was always very quick and very willing to use force. Gina and people like Gina did it, I think, because they enjoyed doing it. They tortured just for the sake of torture, not for the sake of gathering information.”-John Kirakou I would take anything John Kirakou says with a grain from the salt pit.  I question his credibility. What does anyone really know about Gina Haspel, President Trump's nominee to be the next director of the CIA? Not a heck of a lot. So far what we have is media and ideology-driven hysteria:...
  • Trump's pick for secretary of state reportedly set up 'kill teams' of commandos at the CIA

    03/19/2018 6:47:50 AM PDT · by billorites · 81 replies
    Business Insider ^ | March 16, 2018 | Christopher Woody
    As director of the CIA, Mike Pompeo reportedly set up small teams of commandos to kill suspected terrorists, according to a report by BuzzFeed. Pompeo, who has said the agency would become more "aggressive" and "vicious," pushed for such lethal operations after he took over the agency in January 2017. The military and the National Security Council were initially resistant to the plan, according to BuzzFeed, but the proposal was eventually approved. "They are getting people on targeting lists," one of the sources told BuzzFeed. "Small teams are locating and killing bad guys. That's what we are doing." "It's a...
  • Rand Paul denounces 'disgraceful' ex-CIA chief Brennan over anti-Trump tirade

    03/18/2018 10:01:25 PM PDT · by WilliamIII · 13 replies
    Fox News ^ | March 18 2018 | Joseph Weber
    Kentucky GOP Sen. Rand Paul on Sunday blasted former CIA Director John Brennan for suggesting that President Trump will be remembered as a “disgraced demagogue,” saying that Brennan spying on Americans while running the agency was disgraceful. “This man had the power to search every American’s records without a warrant,” Paul tweeted Sunday. “What’s disgraceful is attacking the Bill of Rights and the freedom of every American.”
  • Mike Pompeo might be the only guy Trump trusts

    03/18/2018 9:25:34 AM PDT · by billorites · 30 replies
    New York Post ^ | March 18, 2018 | Michael Walsh
    he busiest guy in Washington, DC, right now is Mike Pompeo. Shuttling from the halls of Congress to CIA headquarters in Langley and, soon enough, back across the Potomac to Foggy Bottom, the former congressman from Kansas and current secretary of state-designate is rapidly becoming the Henry Kissinger of the Trump administration — the man for all jobs, in all seasons. Pompeo’s long-bruited selection to replace Rex Tillerson is an inspired choice. He’s a rising star with an impeccable résumé (graduated first in his class at West Point, degree from Harvard Law, military vet), a no-nonsense manner and a capacity...
  • Trump’s State Dept., CIA picks will be confirmed despite Rand Paul’s objections, Lindsey Graham says

    03/18/2018 9:13:20 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 8 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | March 18, 2018 | Tom Howell Jr.
    Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina said he thinks President Trump’s picks to lead the State Department and CIA will make it through the Senate, despite Sen. Rand Paul’s pledge to try and block the nominees. Mr. Graham said CIA Director Mike Pompeo will make a suitable replacement for Rex Tillerson as secretary of state, since he shares Mr. Trump’s world view — including a tough line against North Korea. “He will get confirmed,” Mr. Graham told CNN’s State of the Union. Mr. Paul, a libertarian-minded Republican from Kentucky, said he fears. Mr. Pompeo is a throwback to Republicans who...
  • Samantha Power delivers ominous message to Trump: 'Not a good idea to piss off John Brennan'

    03/17/2018 5:24:41 PM PDT · by RevelationDavid · 235 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | March 17, 2018 | Kimberly Leonard
    Samantha Power delivers ominous message to Trump: 'Not a good idea to piss off John Brennan' Samantha Power, who was U.S. ambassador to the United Nations under former President Barack Obama, warned President Trump on Saturday that it was "not a good idea to piss off John Brennan" after the former CIA director told him in a tweet that America would "triumph over you." MOTE AT LINK:
  • Ex CIA chief John Brennan to Trump: ‘America will Triumph over You’

    03/17/2018 10:33:34 AM PDT · by sam_whiskey · 215 replies
    USA Today ^ | 3-17-18 | Sean Rossman
    <p>The former director of the Central Intelligence Agency, in a venomous tweet Saturday, accused President Trump of political corruption and warned, "America will triumph over you."</p> <p>John Brennan's biting two-sentence statement came in response to a Friday evening tweet in which the president celebrated the ouster of FBI deputy director Andrew McCabe. "When the full extent of your venality, moral turpitude, and political corruption becomes known, you will take your rightful place as a disgraced demagogue in the dustbin of history," he wrote. "You may scapegoat Andy McCabe, but will not destroy America... America will triumph over you."</p>
  • ProPublica issues major correction to report about Gina Haspel’s role in torture program

    03/16/2018 1:48:03 PM PDT · by detective · 8 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | March 15, 2018 | Diana Stancy Correll
    ProPublica has issued a correction for mistakenly saying in an article that Gina Haspel, President Trump’s nominee to head the CIA, was involved with the treatment a terror suspect and falsely stated she mocked the suspect. Although Haspel, who has been with the CIA since 1985, was in charge of a covert CIA prison in Thailand where detainees were subject to waterboarding and other interrogation methods in 2002, the ProPublica story falsely stated she was directly involved with the torture of a prisoner by the name of Abu Zubaydah. Zubaydah was waterboarded at the CIA prison on 83 occasions. “It...
  • Does Rand Paul Owe Gina Haspel an Apology?

    03/16/2018 12:22:10 AM PDT · by lowbuck · 105 replies
    NRO ^ | 14 March 2018 | Rich Lowery
    Rand Paul launched a typically obnoxious attack on Gina Haspel today. Here is one account: “To really appoint the head cheerleader for waterboarding to be head of the CIA? How can you trust somebody who did that to be in charge of the CIA,” Paul wondered, adding, “To read of her glee during the waterboarding is just absolutely appalling.” Paul was referring to an account of a waterboarding session with suspected al Qaeda lieutenant Abu Zubaydah, who was subjected to so-called enhanced interrogation techniques now widely considered to be torture. ., . The problem is that this conduct appears to...
  • Back From Kiev in 2014, Mike Pompeo Said: Putin Wants to 'Control Ukraine'

    03/14/2018 11:11:41 AM PDT · by GoldenState_Rose · 26 replies
    NewsMax ^ | 2014 | John Gizzi
    Following a recent trip to Ukraine, Rep. Mike Pompeo of Kansas told Newsmax that while the final outcome of the ongoing crisis is "impossible to predict," Russian President Vladimir Putin's long-term mission "is to control Ukraine." "It could easily go on from there to Belarus or Moldova," he added, referring to two other independent states in the former Soviet Union that have large Russian-speaking populations. Two-termer Pompeo, a Republican member of the House Intelligence Committee, is part of the growing number of younger Republicans in the House urging the administration to take a harder line against Russia on the economic...
  • Trump's Pick to Replace Pompeo as CIA Director Ran Controversial 'Black Site' Prison in Thailand

    03/14/2018 10:35:20 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 42 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 03/14/2018 | Debra Heine
    President Donald Trump's pick to replace Mike Pompeo as director of the Central Intelligence Agency has a controversial past at the CIA that will likely resurface during her confirmation hearing in the Senate.Trump announced Tuesday that he has chosen Deputy Director of the CIA Gina Haspel to be the next director of the agency. If confirmed by the Senate, she will become the first woman to lead the CIA.When Trump first selected Haspel to the position of deputy director of the CIA, the move was met with opposition by some lawmakers because of her involvement in the CIA's "extraordinary rendition...
  • The Poison of Communism

    01/02/2005 2:47:25 PM PST · by nanak · 32 replies · 1,242+ views
    NEWSMAX ^ | 01/01/2005 | George Putnam
    It is this reporter's opinion that often behind a great man is the driving force of a great woman. Never was this truer than in the case of Kateryna Chumachenko Yushchenko, the American-raised wife of the newly elected leader of the Ukraine. This tough-minded, savvy businesswoman hails from Chicago; the daughter of an electrician and a seamstress, Kateryna grew up steeped in the traditions of her ancestral homeland. She graduated from Georgetown University and became known for her commitment to freewheeling capitalism. But Ukrainian democracy was the zeal of her life. During WWII, Kateryna's parents were forced to emigrate to...
  • Defense Agency To Begin Moving Classified Data to Amazon's Secret Cloud After Protest

    03/13/2018 8:03:55 PM PDT · by slag · 30 replies ^ | MARCH 13, 2018 12:19 PM ET | By Frank Konkel
    For the first time, the Defense Department will begin moving classified data and applications to Amazon Web Services’ Secret Region—the same cloud environment developed for the CIA and intelligence community several years ago. The Defense Department’s sole-source decision—a contract awarded without a full and open competition—was protested by Microsoft, which itself offers a variety of cloud services to the federal government.
  • Gina Haspel is a great choice for CIA director

    03/13/2018 3:56:40 PM PDT · by Signalman · 31 replies
    Wash. Examiner ^ | 3/13/2018 | Tom Rogan
    Don't listen to those (like this CNN editorial masquerading as reporting) complaining that she was too tough on terrorists. Gina Haspel is a great choice to replace Mike Pompeo as CIA director. First off, she knows the nuts and bolts of human intelligence from the inside out. As a career CIA officer in the agency’s operations (or spying) arm, Haspel spent the early part of her career recruiting agents in the field to give their secrets to the U.S. But after the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, Haspel played a supervisory role at a CIA black site in Thailand and...
  • McCain: Trump’s CIA pick was involved in ‘one of the darkest chapters in American history’

    03/13/2018 1:45:11 PM PDT · by detective · 145 replies
    MSN News ^ | 3/13/2018 | Morgan Gstalter
    Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) on Tuesday condemned President Trump's decision to nominate Gina Haspel to become the director of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), saying she was involved in "one of darkest chapters in American history." While he expressed confidence in current CIA Director Mike Pompeo's ability to serve as secretary of State, an appointment Trump announced earlier Tuesday, McCain said in a statement that Haspel needs to explain her stance on torture. "The torture of detainees in U.S. custody during the last decade was one of the darkest chapters in American history," McCain said. "Ms. Haspel needs to explain...
  • Trump says Rex Tillerson out as Secretary of State, replaced by Mike Pompeo

    03/13/2018 5:53:55 AM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 141 replies
    Trump tweeted, "Mike Pompeo, Director of the CIA, will become our new Secretary of State. He will do a fantastic job! Thank you to Rex Tillerson for his service! Gina Haspel will become the new Director of the CIA, and the first woman so chosen. Congratulations to all!"
  • Tillerson’s spokesman also canned after statement on State Department firing

    03/13/2018 10:56:43 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 78 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | March 13, 2018 | David R. Sands
    The purge at the State Department isn’t stopping with Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson. Stephen Goldstein, the undersecretary of state for public diplomacy, was fired after putting out a statement apparently contradicting the White House’s version of why Mr. Tillerson was fired. Mr. Trump said the parting of the ways was in the works for some time, but a statement issued by Mr. Goldstein Tuesday morning said Mr. Tillerson “did not speak to the president and is unaware of the reason” for his dismissal.