Former CIA Chief Lies to Congress
by Stephen Lendman
The alleged Trump-Russia connection is one of the biggest hyped deceptions of our time – nothing suggesting anything improper or criminal by him, his team or Moscow.
Yet accusations persist, yesterday by former CIA director John Brennan before House Intelligence Committee members – an exercise in disinformation, not responsible truth-telling.
As Obama’s CIA director, he said it’s OK to kill Americans domestically under “extraordinary” circumstances – without further elaboration.
Brennan is a world-class scoundrel, a former crime boss as CIA head. Obama praised “his determination to keep America safe, his commitment to working with Congress, his ability to build relationships with foreign partners, and his fidelity to the values that define us as a nation.”
He and his CIA director partnered in criminal activity, including murder and torturing innocent Muslim victims in agency black sites still operating globally.
During his tenure as CIA chief, state terror was in good hands. As a private citizen, he remains unaccountable for high crimes, ignored by Congress and the Trump administration.
In Tuesday House testimony, he lied, saying “I know what the Russians try to do. They try to suborn individuals and try to get individuals, including US individuals, to act on their behalf, wittingly or unwittingly.”
“I ha(ve) unresolved questions in my mind as to whether or not the Russians had been successful in getting US persons involved in the (Trump) campaign or not to work on their behalf.”
Admitting no evidence of Trump team colluding with Russia, he lied claiming Putin tried to undermine Hillary. Nothing remotely suggests it.
No Russian interference with America’s election occurred – yet the Big Lie persists, Brennan’s Tuesday testimony the latest example.
In response, a White House statement said “(t)his morning’s hearings back up what we’ve been saying all along: that despite a year of investigation, there is still no evidence of any Russia-Trump campaign collusion.”
Claims otherwise with no credible proof are groundless. So was Brennan’s claim about improper Moscow geopolitical activities to further its interests – rogue actions a CIA specialty.
Operating unaccountably, no one is safe from its long arm, illegal operations its main function.
Notoriously its mandate includes toppling democratically elected governments, assassinating independent foreign heads of state and key officials Washington doesn’t control, propping up friendly despots, and operating black site torture prisons, along with numerous other dirty tricks and high crimes.
It’s a global hit squad. The late Chalmers Johnson called its “bag of dirty tricks (the) defining characteristic of the imperial presidency…a source of unchecked power…threat(ening) the nation,” rule of law principles, democratic values and humanity.
Neocon Mike Pompeo now heads the agency, continuing its diabolical agenda, no one safe as long as the CIA exists.
Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at email@example.com.
His new book as editor and contributor is titled “Flashpoint in Ukraine: How the US Drive for Hegemony Risks WW III.”
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