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Saturday, March 17, 2018

Deep State on tilt: Private citizen John Brennan who committed crimes against the American people, lied about his crime of illegally hacking US Senate computers, was never punished, is very lucky he's not in jail, was never elected to anything by the American people, claims to speak for "America," seems to think he has an army behind him to challenge confidential FBI matters about which he alludes to the world on twitter-Brennan twitter, tcth, sundance

Brennan illegally hacked US Senate computers and lied about it: Washington Post: 7/31/2014, "Obama should fire John Brennan," James Downie...7/31/2014, "The C.I.A.’s Reckless Breach of Trust," NY Times Editorial Board, "The Central Intelligence Agency admitted that it did, indeed, use a fake online identity to break into the Senate’s computers."  

3/17/18, "Unhinged John Brennan and Complicit Samantha Power React To Andrew McCabe Firing," tcth, sundance 

"There’s something rather remarkable about watching/reading expressions of political violence from key democrat ideologues atop the Marxist left-wing of the party.

Every time we see this reaction, I immediate try to reconnect with those who I’ve previously forewarned but were not yet at a place where they could accept. As disturbing as these unhinged expressions might be, there are benefits…. their alliance gets smaller.

John Brennan was a career CIA official who voted for the communist party in 1980. He was also a 2008 Obama adviser when he was caught hacking into State Department passport records. After the 2012 Benghazi attack, Brennan was moved into the position of CIA Director to cover and tamp-down any issues that might arise (he made everyone sign NDA’s). As CIA Director Brennan was also caught hacking Senate computers to monitor the Senate Intelligence Committee. He apologized. 

Perhaps more disturbing was Samantha Power’s response.

Samantha Power is the wife of Obama’s initial regulatory Czar Cass Sunstein. After spending Obama’s first term as a foreign policy adviser, and key architect behind collapsing the nation of Libya (R2P), President Obama rewarded Power with the post of U.N. Ambassador. Throughout election year 2016 Samantha Power, via her State Department office, was unmasking names from the DOJ/FBI conspiracy team’s FISA(702) searches, and FISA(Title-1) surveillance results. After discovery, she claimed in 2017 someone else was using her database access.

Brennan and Power represent the Chicago-Marxist/Weather-Underground/Saul Alinksy/ radically violent and activist left....These are the apex predators who are cocktail party hypocrites and architects of: Revolution Communism (RevCom), Occupy Wall Street, Black Lives Matter, Dream Defenders and AntiFA."...


Among comments to above post: How would private citizen Brennan know anything-positive or negative-about an internal FBI investigation that doesn't involve him and that was carried out after he left his government job? Even if he's able to know such information, he also knows he's not entitled to allude to it to the entire world on twitter.


Added: NY Times Editorial Board, 7/31/2014: John Brennan illegally hacked US Senate computers and lied about it:

7/31/2014, "The C.I.A.’s Reckless Breach of Trust," NY Times Editorial Board 

"In March, John Brennan, the C.I.A. director, was indignant when Senator Dianne Feinstein charged that the agency had broken into computers used by staff investigators from the Senate Intelligence Committee, which she leads. “As far as the allegations of C.I.A. hacking into Senate computers,” he said, “nothing could be further from the truth. I mean, we wouldn't do that. I mean, that’s just beyond the scope of reason."

But reason seems to have little to do with the C.I.A.’s operations, as Mr. Brennan apparently discovered far too late. On Thursday, the Central Intelligence Agency admitted that it did, indeed, use a fake online identity to break into the Senate’s computers, where documents connected to a secret report on the agency’s detention and torture program were being stored. Mr. Brennan apologized privately to Ms. Feinstein and to Senator Saxby Chambliss, the vice chairman of the intelligence committee, and promised to set up an accountability board to determine who did the hacking and whether and how they should be punished. 

The accountability and the apologies, however, will have to go much further. It’s not just two senators that the C.I.A. has offended by this shocking action. It is all of Congress and, by extension, the American public, which is paying for an intelligence agency that does not seem to understand the most fundamental concept of separation of powers. That concept means that Congress is supposed to oversee the intelligence community and rein in its excesses. It cannot possibly do so effectively if it is being spied on by the spy agency, which is supposed to be directing its efforts against foreign terrorists and other threats to national security.

The committee has been working since 2009 on a comprehensive history of the agency’s antiterror program during the George W. Bush administration, which involved illegal rendition to other countries, detention, and torture of suspects, all producing little useful intelligence. It has been frustrated at many points by stonewalling from the agency, which provided misleading information, hid important facts inside a blizzard of excess documents, and forced endless delays in the declassification process. The 6,300-page report still has not been made public, though parts of it may be released later this month, and it is expected to undercut the Bush administration’s claims that its actions were both legal and effective.

Late last year [2013], the agency suspected that Senate investigators had obtained an internal C.I.A. review of the torture program. Senate officials said the review was in a database they were allowed to see, but realized that the C.I.A. had broken into a private Senate computer server and found the review. A summary of an agency inspector general’s report, released Thursday, said C.I.A. hackers even read the emails of Senate staffers. Then they exhibited a “lack of candor” to agency investigators. 

In an extraordinary speech on the Senate floor in March, Ms. Feinstein accused the agency of having “undermined the constitutional framework essential to effective congressional oversight of intelligence activities or any other government function.” The institutional affront even drew Republican criticism. If the charge was true, said Senator Lindsey Graham, Republican of South Carolina, “heads should roll, and people should go to jail.”

One of those heads may need to be Mr. Brennan’s. If he knew about the break-in, then he blatantly lied. If he did not, then apparently he was unaware of the lawless culture that has festered within the C.I.A. since the moment it was encouraged by George W. Bush and Dick Cheney to torture suspects and then lie about it. That recklessness extended to the point where agency officials thought nothing of burglarizing their own overseer. Senator Mark Udall of Colorado said the action was illegal and required the resignation of Mr. Brennan. 

The C.I.A. needs far more than a few quiet personnel changes, however. Its very core, and basic culture, needs a thorough overhaul."

"A version of this editorial appears in print on August 1, 2014, on page A22 of the New York edition with the headline: The C.I.A.’s Reckless Breach of Trust." 


Added: Brennan illegally hacked US Senate computers and lied about it: Washington Post:

7/31/2014, "Obama should fire John Brennan," Washington Post, James Downie, Digital Opinions Editor

"In March, at the Council on Foreign Relations, CIA Director John Brennan was asked by NBC’s Andrea Mitchell whether the CIA had illegally accessed Senate Intelligence Committee staff computers “to thwart an investigation by the committee into” the agency’s past interrogation techniques. The accusation had been made earlier that day by Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), who said the CIA had “violated the separation-of-powers principles embodied in the United States Constitution.” Brennan answered:

"As far as the allegations of, you know, CIA hacking into, you know, Senate computers, nothing could be further from the truth. I mean, we wouldn’t do that. I mean, that’s — that’s just beyond the — you know, the scope of reason in terms of what we would do. {…}

And, you know, when the facts come out on this, I think a lot of people who are claiming that there has been this tremendous sort of spying and monitoring and hacking will be proved wrong."
(You can see the video of Brennan’s answer here.)

Now we know that the truth was far different. The Post’s Greg Miller reports:... 

"Five [CIA] agency employees--two lawyers and three computer specialists--surreptitiously searched Senate Intelligence Committee files and reviewed some committee staff members’ e-mail on computers that were supposed to be exclusively for congressional investigators, according to a summary of the CIA inspector general’s report, released Thursday....

CIA Director John O. Brennan has apologized to leaders of the Senate Intelligence Committee [Feinstein and Chambliss] after an agency investigation determined that its employees improperly searched computers used by committee staff to review classified files on interrogations of prisoners. {…}

A statement released by the CIA on Tuesday acknowledged that agency employees had searched areas of that computer network that were supposed to be accessible only to committee investigators. Agency employees were attempting to discover how congressional aides had obtained a secret CIA internal report on the interrogation program. 

“Some employees acted in a manner inconsistent with the common understanding reached” between the CIA and lawmakers in 2009, when the committee investigation was launched, according to the agency statement, which cited a review by the CIA’s inspector general. The CIA statement was first reported by McClatchy. 

That committee’s investigation is said to be sharply critical of the CIA, finding that it exaggerated the effectiveness of harsh interrogation measures and repeatedly misled members of Congress and the executive branch. The findings are expected to be released publicly within weeks. 

After briefing committee leaders, Brennan “apologized to them [Feinstein and Chambliss] for such actions by CIA officers as described in the [inspector general] report,” the agency statement said. Brennan also ordered the creation of an internal personnel board, led by former Sen. Evan Bayh (D-Ind.), to review the agency employees’ conduct and determine “potential disciplinary measures.”" 

An apology and an internal review board might suffice if this were Brennan or intelligence leaders’ first offense, but the track record is far from spotless. In 2011, Brennan claimed that dozens of U.S. drone strikes on overseas targets had not killed a single civilian.

This remarkable success rate was not only disputed at the time by news reports — even supporters of the drone program called it “absurd” — but as the Bureau of Investigative Journalism and the New York Times both reported later, President Obama received reports from the very beginning of his presidency about drone strikes killing numerous civilians. As Obama’s top counterterrorism adviser at the time, Brennan would have received these reports as well, so either Brennan knew that his claim was a lie, or he is secretly deaf.

Similarly, Brennan denied snooping on Senate computers six weeks after Feinstein first made the accusation to the CIA in private, which means either that he was lying, or he had ignored a serious charge against his agency for six weeks, then spouted off about it without any real knowledge — hardly the behavior expected of an agency director.

And last year, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper lied under oath to Congress when he told Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and the Senate Intelligence Committee that the National Security Agency did not collect any kind of data on millions of Americans, a claim later disproved by documents leaked by former NSA employee Edward Snowden. Despite Clapper receiving criticism from both sides of the aisle, the damage to Clapper’s and the White House’s credibility on intelligence and civil liberties issues and, well, the fact that lying to Congress is a crime (though one that’s difficult to prosecute), Obama has not disciplined Clapper in any way.

Sadly, it’s unlikely that this latest incident will encourage Obama to finally induce some accountability in the intelligence community: White House press secretary Josh Earnest called the CIA’s illegal activities mere “misunderstandings.” But as Brennan said when he denied the allegations, “if I did something wrong…he is the one who can ask me to stay or to go.” It’s time for Obama to take that responsibility head-on and start to restore in U.S. intelligence agencies some semblance of responsibility to the Constitution and the public."


Added: Samantha Power's confirmation as UN Ambassador sailed through the Senate, only ten GOP voted against: 

8/2/2013, "Just 10 GOPs Vote Against Samantha Power’s Confirmation [as UN Ambassador]," PJ Media, Bridget Johnson

"The Obama confidante's nomination sailed through" just before Senators left for five-week August recess. "Voting against Power were Sens. Richard Shelby (R-Ala.), Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Rand Paul (R-Ky.), David Vitter (R-La.), Dean Heller (R-Nev.), Tim Scott (R-S.C.), Ted Cruz (R-Texas), Mike Lee (R-Utah), John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) and Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.)."...


Added: If it's on a public stage, the Republican Establishment always manages to "miss an opportunity" to serve the American people and save the country. When it matters most, the GOP E runs interference for the corrupt government fortress. Following references 2016 Comey appearance:

July 7, 2016, "Comey says FBI did not ‘give a hoot about politics’ in Clinton email probe,"  

"In choosing to attack Comey and question the integrity of the probe, Republicans may have missed an opportunity to draw out the director’s more damning public condemnations Tuesday of Clinton’s mishandling of classified materials. 

FBI agents had found that 110 emails in 52 email chains contained information that should have been marked and treated as classified when it was sent on Clinton’s personal server, including eight chains containing information that was top secret, the highest level of classification."...


Comment: The GOP Establishment has no interest in being an opposition party to the Democrats. A country with only one functioning political party is effectively a dictatorship. The GOP E and Democrats share the same agenda: open borders, extreme globalism, endless foreign wars, massive free trade deals in which the US is subservient to a global court. In short, America Last. Roughly half the country's electorate, Republican voters and Independents who lean Republican, don't have a political party behind them. If they don't want to vote Democrat, they have no other option. This is the reason Trump was elected.


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