The director of the Central Intelligence Agency, John Brennan, issued an extraordinary apology to leaders of the US Senate intelligence committee on Thursday, conceding that the agency employees spied on committee staff and reversing months of furious and public denials. [emphasis added to quotes]
When challenged, lie. When caught, apologize.
How simple is that? We don’t need no stinkin’ Constitution.
Although some are calling for Brennan to resign, or to be fired, Barack Obama, as “the White House,” continues to support him.
And why wouldn’t he, all skeletons in the closet considered?
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Brennan acknowledged that an internal investigation had found agency security personnel transgressed a firewall set up on a CIA network …
Among other things, it was revealed that agency officials conducted keyword searches and email searches on committee staff while they used the network. …
CIA spokesman Dean Boyd acknowledged that agency staff had improperly monitored the computers of committee staff members …
Democrat Senator Mark Udall sounds as if he’s beginning to get it. He said,
The CIA unconstitutionally spied on Congress by hacking into Senate intelligence committee computers. This grave misconduct is not only illegal, but it violates the US constitution’s requirement of separation of powers. These offenses, along with other errors in judgment by some at the CIA, demonstrate a tremendous failure of leadership, and there must be consequences.
“Grave misconduct” and “errors in judgment?” Doe he have a problem with the word crime? These were at least arguably federal crimes–violations of the law and the Constitution by members of the CIA and Obama’s administration. Yet Brennan is allowed to apologize. Will all then be forgiven?
It’s amazing that Democrat members of this Senate committee are so outraged when they are treated by this administration the same way that the citizens of this country have been treated from the beginning.
We’re spied upon, too. Where’s our apology? The Obama administration violates laws, such as the Federal Records Act and the Freedom of Information Act, on a regular basis. Where’s our apology? From the beginning, Obama himself has flouted the Constitution by failing to prove his eligibility under the requirements of the Constitution.
Where’s the birth certificate AND our apology?
Brennan, while not under oath of course, assured Andrea Mitchell
that the CIA in no way was spying on the SSCI [Senate Select Committee on Intelligence] or the Senate. We greatly respect the separation of powers between executive branch and legislative branch.
“In no way!” That’s pretty definite. Now we know, however, that there was a way. Brennen went on to say, in so many words, that he’s eager to move on, move forward, and put this incident behind the CIA, because they’re simply too busy to be distracted by such nonsense. Sounds like Hillary Clinton:
What difference, at this point, does it make?
How does it feel, Senator Dianne Feinstein? Tell me: how does it feel?
Brennan actually suggested that a person would basically be insane, without “reason,” to even consider such a thing:
Laughably, we’re supposed to believe that this all happened without Brennan’s knowledge and that his people allowed him to go on record denying that anything of the sort happened.
After his public denials, did the guilty ‘fess up? Apparently not. They just left their boss, this long-time CIA guy, hanging out there to dry, left him way out there on that limb, twisting in the wind, getting mighty dry.
That’s if you believe the “official” version of the truth. Does the CIA even know or ever tell the truth?
Amazingly, the ball is now in Dianne Feinstein’s court, even though federal crimes may have been committed:
Steve Aftergood of the Federation of American Scientists, a longtime observer of the CIA, called its Thursday statement a “conciliatory gesture” to the committee’s leaders. “If Senator Feinstein is satisfied with the apology then the affair is effectively over. If she contends there was a fundamental breach that cannot be corrected with a mere apology then some further action might be needed,” Aftergood said.
If “further action” is required, then someone will have to be found to throw under the bus. More fool them.
Did Scooter at least try an apology? Would that have worked for him?
Keep in mind that John O. Brennan was with the CIA during President George W. Bush’s administration. Brennan was a supporter of both rendition as well as enhanced interrogation, which are subjects of the Feinstein committee’s investigation. The CIA “peeped” at the committee’s email and investigative activities despite that doing so is said to be illegal.
Obama continues to stand behind Brennan, even though Obama is ordinarily wont to “stand with the Muslims” and even though Obama opposed Bush’s policies during the “War on Terror”. Brennan is also a supporter of FISA’s domestic spying activities, which were divulged by Edward Snowden. Obama pretends to oppose those FISA operations and says he wants to see them reined in. An executive order would do it, but …
If Obama’s so concerned, he could apologize to the “folks” he says we “tortured.” It must irk Democrats on that Senate committee to no end that their president sides with Bush and Brennan, downplaying the alleged “torture” that probably saved U.S. lives. Why does he, though?
In light of all this, you might wonder how Brennan ended up with several high-level positions in the Obama administration.
Payment for services rendered? If so, then there’s little chance that Brennan is going under the bus any time soon, if ever.