Neither of them can tell the truth…….
Last week, President Trump revoked former CIA Director John Brennan’s security clearance. It’s yet another presidential feud designed to force the public to take sides: Are you with Trump or against him? It’s a late-summer matchup that brings to mind the eternally useful tagline from another ugly showdown, Aliens vs.
In his Tuesday post in support of Gina Haspel’s nomination to be director of the CIA, Benjamin Wittes wrote about “the insulation that Haspel stands to provide for the agency from a president hostile to the task of intelligence gathering and analysis.” For this and other reasons, Wittes argued, Haspel should be confirmed—even though President Trump has linked her nomination to his “enthusiasm for torture.” He also wrote that “barring revelations about her role” in running a Thailand “black site” at which detainees were tortured and in destroying interrogation tapes, he did not feel that Haspel’s involvement in the CIA’s rendition, detention and interrogation (RDI) program was disqualifying.
A months-long investigation which tracked and exposed a massive covert weapons shipment network to terror groups in Syria via diplomatic flights originating in the Caucuses and Eastern Europe under the watch of the CIA and other intelligence agencies has resulted in the interrogation and firing of the Bulgarian journalist who first broke the story.
By Philip Shenon and Larry Sabato via Politico Magazine, After the assassination of President John F. Kennedy in November 1963, the CIA appeared eager, even desperate, to embrace the version of events being offered by the FBI, the Secret Service and other parts of the government.
Psychologist James Mitchell is the self-described “architect” of the CIA’s torture program (a consulting gig that netted him a cool $80m at taxpayer expense ), along with his partner John “Bruce” Jessen — they’re the pair who oversaw black-site torture programs that killed and maimed people who’d been convicted of no crime by any court, anywhere in the world. (more…)