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Sun Aug 3, 2014, 09:03 AM

Does John Brennan Know Too Much for Obama to Fire Him?

It's difficult to cross [a] man with details on every secret drone strike you've authorized—especially the legally dubious ones.

Conor Friedersdorf


When John Brennan assured the country that the CIA hadn't improperly monitored the Senate team that compiled a report on Bush-era torture, he fed us false information. That much is clear from Thursday's news that "the C.I.A. secretly monitored a congressional committee charged with supervising its activities." Either the CIA director was lying or he was unaware of grave missteps at the agency he leads. There are already calls for his resignation or firing from Senator Mark Udall, Trevor Timm, Dan Froomkin, and Andrew Sullivan, plus a New York Times editorial airing his ouster as a possibility.

President Obama could surprise the country by axing his former counter-terrorism adviser, explaining that under Brennan's management, employees broke laws and undermined the separation of powers core to our democracy. Obama may well make a good-faith effort to act in the national interest. But it's impossible to believe that he won't be aware of the following: No U.S. official knows more than Brennan about Obama's many drone killings. Some of the killings were solidly grounded in international law. And others may have violated the Fifth Amendment, international law, or the laws of war.

http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2014/08/does-john-brennan-know-too-much-to-be-fired-by-barack-obama/375431/

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Sam1 Aug 2014 OP
HooptieWagon Aug 2014 #1
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TheKentuckian Aug 2014 #8
bigdarryl Aug 2014 #3
2naSalit Aug 2014 #4
DFLforever Aug 2014 #5
glinda Aug 2014 #6
quadrature Aug 2014 #7

Response to Sam1 (Original post)

Sun Aug 3, 2014, 09:20 AM

1. Brennan is doing what Obama appointed him to do.

 

Lie, spy, obstruct, and cover up.

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Response to HooptieWagon (Reply #1)

Sun Aug 3, 2014, 09:49 AM

2. Agreed! However he wasn't supposed to get caught. Once

caught he no longer has the trust of those that need to be lied to, spied on, obstructed, and distracted. He becomes a useless tool.

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Response to HooptieWagon (Reply #1)

Wed Aug 6, 2014, 06:31 AM

8. This is the prime possibility. If such was not the goal then why would one hire him?

The rationalizations are so deep that people are wandering all the way into more criminality and covering it up to find ways to justify and excuse other cover ups.

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Response to Sam1 (Original post)

Sun Aug 3, 2014, 10:18 AM

3. No its not that it's the fact that

 

Obama doesn't fire that easily when it comes to top staff people.

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Response to Sam1 (Original post)

Sun Aug 3, 2014, 10:31 AM

4. I suspect

that there is far more under the radar than most are willing to consider. Lest we forget what that agency does and who does their dirty work. It's a double edged blade and cuts in both directions. We have a professional squad of taxpayer funded mercenaries who have unbridled international carte blanche and who have posed threats to those who would investigate them. I don't doubt for one second that they have a red dot (or several) on the president's temples should he decide to clean up the septic tank upon which much of our foreign policy now floats. It's probably the reinforcement used to get Brenner into his current placement and will keep him there until he stops breathing. The secret ops business is thriving and will continue to do so until the corporate beast devours everything it sees as either nourishment or threat.

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Response to Sam1 (Original post)

Sun Aug 3, 2014, 10:38 PM

5. No. I think the President is realistic and knows that messing with the CIA

can sometimes lead to an untimely end...

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Response to DFLforever (Reply #5)

Mon Aug 4, 2014, 12:06 AM

6. +1

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Response to Sam1 (Original post)

Mon Aug 4, 2014, 01:10 AM

7. plenty of work ahead for Congress

 

a select committee takes time
to get going

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