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  • Former CIA Director: With Trump, I Didn't Think Through The Downside Of The Intel

    12/14/2017 7:44:41 PM PST · by Kaslin · 28 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 14, 2017 | Matt Vespa
    Former CIA Director Michael Morell sat down with Politico’s Susan Glasser, where he admitted that he and others from the intelligence community didn’t think through the consequences of them becoming political last year. Last year, Morell wrote an op-ed in The New York Times that endorsed Hillary Clinton for president. Within the agency, Morell sharked his way up the halls of the CIA becoming the chief intelligence briefer to President George W. Bush, and then acting director twice. Intelligence analysts serve the country. There is no politics involved in any of their analyses—at least not until Trump was elected....
  • Disinvited: Harvard Rescinds Manning's Visiting Fellowship Following Backlash

    09/15/2017 2:17:47 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 32 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 15, 2017 | Matt Vespa
    As Cortney wrote on Thursday, Harvard was embroiled in controversy, as the institution decided to extend a visiting fellowship invitation to convicted felon Chelsea Manning. Manning, who served in Army Intelligence, is responsible for leaking hundreds of thousands of classified materials on the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. Upon Manning’s conviction, she was sentenced to 35 years in prison of which she served seven years before President Barack Obama commuted the sentence. The invitation led to the resignation of former CIA Director Michael Morell as a senior fellow. Current CIA Director Mike Pompeo also canceled an event in light of this...
  • It Was a Brennan Operation (even the left knows it)

    08/12/2017 10:20:38 AM PDT · by Beave Meister · 40 replies
    The American Spectator ^ | 8/11/2017 | GEORGE NEUMAYR
    Even lefty Seymour Hersh agrees that the Russian fable begin in the mind of Obamas CIA director. One wouldnt expect Seymour Hersh, a lefty journalist par excellance, to pop the Trump-Russia propaganda balloon Obamas CIA director John Brennan released last year. But he has. Hersh has been quoted as saying that the collusion claim is a product of disinformation a Brennan operation, as he puts it. Hersh says that Trump is not the villain but the victim in this story, and that the press has served as a shameful stenographer for Brennan to smear Trump. It has shown no...
  • Trump's New CIA Director: "Jesus Christ Is The Only Solution For Our World"

    01/23/2017 6:21:27 PM PST · by Mr. M.J.B. · 175 replies
    HELLO CHRISTIAN ^ | 12/19/2016 ? | n/a
    President Trump has nominated his new CIA chief, Mike Pompeo. An evangelical Christian, Pompeo is a well-respected figure in the national security community. He is also an army veteran, and a staunch pro-life advocate. Two years ago, Pompeo gave a Church speech where he said Muslims who think Islam is the only way needed to be dealt with. This threat to America is from people who deeply believe that Islam is the way and the light and the only answer, Pompeo told the church-goers, according to Press TV. These folks believe that it is religiously driven for them to wipe...
  • Senate Confirms Mike Pompeo as CIA Director

    01/24/2017 3:06:05 AM PST · by onyx · 11 replies
    The Senate has just voted to confirm Representative Mike Pompeo as CIA Director. This represents the third intelligence and security nomination confirmed – General Kelly (DHS) and General Mattis (DoD) receiving earlier confirmations. WASHINGTON – The Senate has confirmed Rep. Mike Pompeo, a Kansas Republican, to be President Donald Trump’s CIA director. The vote tally is 66-32, with a significant number of Democrats voting no. Two senators are delayed by weather. (link) Two republican senators Tom Cotton (Yes) and Rand Paul (No) outline the dynamic within the overall DC intelligence outlook from the GOP. Neither are 100% correct; each distinct...
  • Fire Brennan -- or Abolish the CIA?

    01/16/2017 6:07:09 AM PST · by VitacoreVision · 82 replies
    The New American ^ | 03 August 2014 | Jack Kenny
    Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) called for the firing of CIA Director John Brennan after an internal investigation by the agency confirmed that some CIA officials electronically spied on Senate committee work on an investigation into the agency's interrogation techniques. Paul was sharply critical of the agency for violating the security of a Senate committee's database and of Brennan for his earlier denial that it happened. "It is illegal for the CIA to spy on Americans and an affront to our republic to spy on the Senate," Sen. Paul said in statement released on Friday. He added, "Brennan told the American...
  • Was CIA Director Brennan's 1976 Vote for a Communist Just a Youthful Indiscretion?

    01/15/2017 10:00:32 PM PST · by VitacoreVision · 42 replies
    The New American ^ | 26 September 2016 | Bob Adelmann
    During a panel discussion Thursday at the Congressional Black Caucus Foundations annual conference, CIA Director John Brennan was trying to make the point that just because an individual has an activist background, that wouldnt, or shouldnt, keep him from working for the federal government in sensitive positions. After all, he said, the CIA hired him even after he admitted voting for a communist in the 1976 presidential elections.In 1980, Brennan was trying to obtain a top security clearance for the Central Intelligence Agency, and part of the process involved taking a lie detector test. He was asked: Have you ever...
  • Former Army Intel Officer: CIA Director John Brennan Is Playing Political Games

    12/12/2016 5:50:42 PM PST · by george76 · 54 replies
    The Daily Caller News ^ | 12/12/2016 | Jonah Bennett
    Retired Army intelligence officer Tony Shaffer alleged Monday that CIA Director John Brennan is playing political games via a secret CIA assessment stating Russia interfered with the election to support GOP President-elect Donald Trump. ... This is purely political, and I believe that John Brennan is a political animal, Shaffer said. He added he has been talking with former CIA officials about the report. Everything they are telling me is Brennan is doing this out of loyalty to resident Obama. Its about undermining Trump, thats what it is, Shaffer said. Its called information operations, information warfare, and thats what I...
  • Was CIA Director Brennans 1976 Vote for a Communist Just a Youthful Indiscretion?

    09/26/2016 10:08:01 AM PDT · by VitacoreVision · 42 replies
    The New American ^ | 26 September 2016 | Bob Adelmann
    During a panel discussion Thursday at the Congressional Black Caucus Foundations annual conference, CIA Director John Brennan (shown) was trying to make the point that just because an individual has an activist background, that wouldnt, or shouldnt, keep him from working for the federal government in sensitive positions. After all, he said, the CIA hired him even after he admitted voting for a communist in the 1976 presidential elections.In 1980, Brennan was trying to obtain a top security clearance for the Central Intelligence Agency, and part of the process involved taking a lie detector test. He was asked: Have you...
  • CIA Director Once Voted for Communist Presidential Candidate

    09/22/2016 6:33:33 AM PDT · by VitacoreVision · 53 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | September 21, 2016 | Natalie Johnson
    CIA Director John Brennan voted for the Communist Party candidate in the 1976 presidential election. Brennan told a congressional panel last week that he froze while taking a CIA polygraph test four years later when the questioner asked him if he had ever worked with or for a group that was dedicated to overthrowing the U.S., CNN reported. This was back in 1980, and I thought back to a previous election where I voted, and I voted for the Communist Party candidate, Brennan said at a panel discussion regarding diversity in the intelligence community during the Congressional Black Caucus Foundations...
  • CIA director says he would not obey a waterboarding order

    04/10/2016 10:39:18 PM PDT · by Innovative · 52 replies
    Washington Post ^ | Apr. 10, 2016 | AP
    The director of the CIA says his spy agency will not engage in waterboarding or other so-called enhanced interrogation techniques even if ordered to by a future president. CIA chief John Brennan tells NBC News that he will not agree to carry out such techniques because this institution needs to endure. President Barack Obama banned waterboarding shortly after taking office in 2009. Republican presidential candidates Donald Trump and Ted Cruz have suggested they would not continue Obamas ban. Trump has gone as far as to say that he would bring back waterboarding and worse tactics to get information.
  • Which Leaker Is Worse, Petraeus or Snowden?

    03/08/2015 6:17:34 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 109 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 8, 2015 | Debra J. Saunders
    Former four-star general and CIA chief David Petraeus pleaded guilty to one count of retaining classified information for handing over information in personal notebooks to his biographer girlfriend in 2011. He agreed to pay a $40,000 fine; prosecutors said they would recommend two years' probation instead of prison, although a judge could decide otherwise. It's a sad close to a government career for the man whose counterinsurgency strategy turned around the war in Iraq. He's an American hero who seemed all that much more upright when he resigned in November 2012 after admitting to an affair that compromised his position...
  • Obamas nominee for Pentagon post implicated in alleged theft of CIA documents

    12/24/2014 7:01:50 AM PST · by maggief · 20 replies
    FOX News ^ | December 24, 2014 | Jake Gibson, James Rosen
    The Obama administration's nominee for a senior legal position at the Pentagon is one of the congressional staffers accused by Republicans and intelligence officials of stealing classified documents from the Central Intelligence Agency, Fox News has learned -- and the controversy could imperil her shot at a major career promotion. Sources on Capitol Hill and in the intelligence community say Alissa Starzak, a majority staffer on the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence (SSCI) who has been nominated for the position of general counsel to the U.S. Army, is one of two SSCI employees accused by the panel's Republicans, and by...
  • When the Big News Isn't News

    12/18/2014 6:56:50 AM PST · by Kaslin · 3 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 18, 2014 | Paul Greenberg
    Last week the papers were overflowing with stories about a Senate committee's report on the Central Intelligence Agency's use of torture to extract information from terrorists -- known or just suspected terrorists. Those stories were shortly followed by others reporting the responses of CIA types and other knowledgeable sources critical of the Senate committee's report. Plus a few words from unhelpful types like Dick Cheney, our former vice president who is still playing word games, and John Yoo, who wrote the notorious Torture Memo(s), and is still defending their torturous language. Torture? That ain't torture, to hear Messrs. Cheney and...
  • Why Release a Report on the CIA in Wartime?

    12/11/2014 7:46:10 AM PST · by Kaslin · 32 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 11, 2014 | Cal Thomas
    What good purpose is served by releasing a report on CIA enhanced interrogation techniques while we are still at war with an enemy whose techniques include beheading Americans? Senate Intelligence Committee Chair Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) and her Democratic colleagues say that the CIA lied about their tactics and exceeded their authority while seeking to obtain information from suspected terrorists. There is a dispute among politicians and intelligence experts as to whether these tactics resulted in any information that was helpful in defending the U.S. from another terrorist attack. In a recent op-ed piece in the Wall Street Journal, former CIA...
  • Spying, Lying and Torture

    08/07/2014 11:02:41 AM PDT · by Kaslin
    Townhall.com ^ | August 7, 2014 | Judge Andrew Napolitano
    In some respects, the recent admission by CIA Director John Brennan that his agents and his lawyers have been spying on the senators whose job it is to monitor the agency should come as no surprise. The agency's job is to steal and keep secrets, and implicit in those tasks, Brennan would no doubt argue, is lying. Yet in another respect, this may very well be a smoking gun in the now substantial case against President Barack Obama that alleges that much of his official behavior has manifested lawlessness and incompetence. It is hard to believe that the president did...
  • Obama Should Fire Brennan, His Reputation Could Hardly Get Worse

    08/04/2014 7:04:32 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 14 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 4, 2014 | Cathy Reisenwitz
    In the Atlantic, Conor Friedersdorf lays out both the reasons why President Obama should fire CIA director John Brennan, and the reasons why it would be dangerous for him to do so. Essentially, theyve both been doing some really shady stuff, regarding both the US Constitution and international law, which theyve both been covering up and lying about. Firing Brennan could bring more of these activities into the light, which would hurt Obamas reputation. However, what we already know about Obama should eviscerate any shred of respectability he might have in anyones mind. Brennan is currently under fire for bugging...
  • James R. Schlesinger, CIA chief and Cabinet member, dies

    03/27/2014 10:40:11 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 6 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | March 27, 2014 | Timothy R. Smith
    James R. Schlesinger, a Republican economist who advanced rapidly to some of the highest positions of government power in the 1970s but whose abrasive leadership style led to conflicts with presidents, bureaucrats and the American public, died March 27 at a hospital in Baltimore. He was 85... Mr. Schlesinger specialized in the economics of national security, which helped propel his rise during the Cold War from academia to influential jobs in the federal government, including CIA director, secretary of defense and the nations first secretary of energy...
  • CIA Arming Anti-American Terrorist? So Whats New?

    08/02/2013 3:31:53 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 21 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 2, 2013 | Humberto Fontova
    According to a CNN report by Jake Tapper the CIA and the U.S. State Department may have been trying to supply Syrian jihadists with Libyan arms from Benghazi when the operation blew up in their face last September. The UK Telegraph summed it up best: The CIA has been subjecting operatives to monthly polygraph tests in an attempt to suppress details of a US arms smuggling operation in Benghazi that was ongoing when its ambassador was killed by a mob in the city last year, according to reports. Same as it ever was, say some Cuba-watchers. Dj vu all over...
  • Stratfor Email: Brennan Behind 'Witch Hunt' of Journalists Reporting Leaks

    05/22/2013 10:06:48 PM PDT · by Nachum · 42 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 5/22/13 | Kerry Picket
    An obscure November 2012 Wikileaks email dump points to former White House counterterrorism adviser and now-CIA chief John Brennan as the person behind the witch hunt of journalists who reported unflattering Obama administration leaks. A little over a week after President Barack Obamas reelection, Wikileaks released an email dump of global intelligence files from the private intelligence company Stratfor. One particular email, dated September 21, 2010 discussed President Obamas Leak Investigations.