CIA DRONE DIRECTOR
Well, Barak Obama got his wish on the second try. With the confirmation of John Owen Brennan by the Senate,
the CIA has a new director from their own ranks. "Brennan's 25 years with the CIA
included work as a Near East and South Asia analyst, as station chief in Saudi Arabia, and
as director of the National Counterterrorism Center." He proudly attests, "I'm
neither Republican nor Democrat. I've worked for the past five administrations."
Imagine a non-partisan spook as D/CIA. If this development is intended to restore
confidence in the agency, just what kind of organization will emerge from a careerist
covert agent at the helm?
The role of a spy
network is to obtain intelligence and analyze the significance of information on
advocacies bent on causing harm to our national security. Notwithstanding, its long
history, the CIA has departed from the art of spying and often substituted the belligerent
waging of combat outside the international general rules of war. The
aftermaths of condoning a sub rosa
intervention, in place of a declared military action, has transformed and prevented the
meaning and legitimacy of a valid national security function.
The net result of sanctioning surreptitious operations outside the command of the
military branches, has allowed the CIA to evolve into a free-lance warfare entity that
often betrays the constitutional republic. Loyalty to the "Agency" often
supersedes a pledge of allegiance to the nation. Within this context, the Brennan
appointment signals a dangerous escalation of black op missions, using mercenary
contactors, which conceal political fallout and provide the cover of plausible
The use of CIA drones to assassinate expected terrorists with impunity is a major
technological departure from intelligence gathering. The indiscriminate elimination of
suspected targets with drone
bombing that knowingly causes collateral damage is a war crime. The institutional
operatives of the agency discard the fact that America is less secure from the inevitable
blowback that such killing produces.
The recent Drone
Strikes Protest provides some of the real inconvenient truths about the reign of
terror from Hellfire missiles.
"Brennan has continuously denied that drones cause collateral damage, claiming in
a July 2011 speech
that not a single "collateral" death had taken place as a result of drone
strikes in Pakistan, a view he continued to uphold during his Senate hearings. However,
this was proven false by the Bureau of Investigative Journalism, which found that out of a
total of 311 drone strikes ordered by the Obama administration, between 473-893
civilians were killed, many of them reportedly children
Whatever public embarrassment that Brennan suffers is neatly deferred in the video
report that CIA's covert drone program may shift
further onto Pentagon. The inference to believe that the architect of the drone
strategy wants to shift the robot mission under military command is suspect.
A far more plausible assessment from The Guardian item, CIA
veteran who became Obama's drone champion, warns of even bigger roles in the future,
under the Brennan guidance.
"John O Brennan is a key architect of that change by stealth of the nature of the
CIA," said Scott Horton, a contributing editor on national security to Harper's
magazine and a lecturer at Columbia Law School. "I think there's no question in which
direction he would push the CIA. It would be towards a greater militarization, and a more
prominent role being played in these drone-type operations.
"And the drones are just the beginning of it. The CIA has its toe there, but we're
going to see the CIA probably take a very prominent role in robotic warfare."
argument that Brennan seeks to expand the role of CIA "private army" aggression
should give pause to any patriot. However, the NeoCons are working double time to
discredit Brennan on an entirely different level. World Net Daily publishes the article, Shock
claim: Obama picks Muslim for CIA chief.
" As WND has reported, former FBI Islam expert
John Guandolo has long warned that the federal
government is being infiltrated by members of the radical Muslim Brotherhood. But Guandolo
now warns that by appointing Brennan to CIA director, Obama has not only chosen a man
"naïve" to these infiltrations, but also picked a candidate who is himself a
"Mr. Brennan did convert to Islam when he served in an official capacity on the
behalf of the United States in Saudi Arabia," Guandolo told interviewer and radio
host Tom Trento.
"That fact alone is not what is most disturbing," Guandolo continued.
"His conversion to Islam was the culmination of a counterintelligence operation
against him to recruit him. The fact that foreign intelligence service operatives
recruited Mr. Brennan when he was in a very sensitive and senior U.S. government position
in a foreign country means that he either a traitor
[or] he has the inability to
discern and understand how to walk in those kinds of environments, which makes him
completely unfit to be the director of Central Intelligence."
Now watch the YouTube video, Beck It Is Plausible
That CIA Nominee John Brennan Is An Islamic Convert, from the renown Zionist proponent
that will go to any length to keep the faux, War on Terror, hysteria going. While the
determination that Brennan is "unfit to be the director of Central
Intelligence" is correct, the basis upon which he is unqualified should not be
based upon his alleged Islam conversion.
The emphasis and need for verifiable intelligence to protect against existential
threats must account for dangers that far exceed what is coming out of the backwaters of
Afghanistan. Where is the acknowledgement that China is engaged in significant and
pervasive acts of war against our economic and cyber security networks?
For students of the clandestine paramilitary record, the information from the Church
Committee Hearings regarding a Timeline of CIA Operations
is revealing. The prospects of another venture into the deep secret failures during the
era that Brennan and his cohorts conducted their trade are remote. Just consider the
refinement in the use of
when the technocrats are in charge of the stealthy termination machine.
"The doctrine of plausible deniability led to many of the widespread abuses of
power that occurred in the CIA before the Intelligence Reform Era in the mid-1970s. It led
the agency to believe that CIA officers had a green light to conduct almost any actions
they saw fit to reach their goals."
"One of the major reasons that the CIA has gone astray over the last forty years
is the veritable freedom from any type of control or restriction that it has enjoyed.
Though Congress investigated the activities of the Agency in 1975 and subsequently
instituted more stringent oversight procedures, the CIA of today is once again an agency
that is able to do almost as it pleases."
Former CIA intelligence officer, Michael F. Scheuer in his essay, John
Brennan as CIA chief would serve his own interests, not Americas, cites examples
from his sycophant career. Read the Scheuer comments for each illustration and his
conclusion: "The foregoing four points, I think, provide firm substantive ground
on which to evaluate Mr. Brennans fitness to be chief of the CIA, and will allow his
reputation for servile toadyism and deception to be left aside."
Another retired CIA authority, Philip Giraldi makes a significant point in the American
Conservative article, CIA
After the War on Terror.
"Brennan was not questioned at all about the conflict of interest or ethical
issues raised by the revolving door that he benefited from when he left CIA as deputy
executive director in 2005 and joined a British-owned company, The Analysis Corporation
(TAC), where he was named CEO. He almost certainly made millions when CIA and other
federal agencies awarded TAC contracts to develop biometrics and set up systems to manage
the governments various watch lists."
The essential question about Brennan is whether he is an independent thinking
professional or just another political hack, gaming
the intelligence community culture. So how much solace can one take from the
House, Holder respond to Rand Paul: The answer is no, response?
"Attorney General Eric Holder wrote Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., to confirm that
President Obama does not have the authority to kill an American on U.S. soil in a
non-combat situation, Obamas spokesman announced today."
Does anyone really believe that the CIA adheres to the Congressional restriction on
operating inside country? What might be expected from a new Director
that takes his oath of office on a draft of the Constitution that did not include the Bill
The Jihad that Americans should be concerned about is the one waged by the intelligence
community against the principles of our nation. John Brennans selection as CIA Drone
Director has the sign of payback. He would reliably keep the American people in the dark.
The David Petraeus forced resignation was more about silencing disclosure about Benghazi
gunrunning to supply Syrian
CIA backed factions, than a sex scandal. Brennan is a poor choice to defend liberty.
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