How is it than a man the proudly voted for a member of the communist party which advocated the violent overthrow of the United States government and who had apparently gone “native” as a CIA officer in Saudi Arabia could become the Director of the CIA? Unfortunately, to former President Barrack Hussein Obama, apparently, these were positives – not disqualifying negatives.
How is it that the powerful and influential members of the Senate Intelligence Committee who called for Brennan’s resignation were ignored?
The director of the Central Intelligence Agency, John Brennan, issued an extraordinary apology to leaders of the US Senate intelligence committee on Thursday, conceding that the agency employees spied on committee staff and reversing months of furious and public denials.
Brennan acknowledged that an internal investigation had found agency security personnel transgressed a firewall set up on a CIA network, which allowed Senate committee investigators to review agency documents for their landmark inquiry into CIA torture. Among other things, it was revealed that agency officials conducted keyword searches and email searches on committee staff while they used the network.
The admission brings Brennan’s already rocky tenure at the head of the CIA under renewed question. One senator on the panel said he had lost confidence in the director, although the White House indicated its support for a man who has been one of Barack Obama’s most trusted security aides. CIA admits to spying on Senate staffers | World news | The Guardian
Obama’s Department of Justice refused to investigate the allegations of the CIA spying on American citizens and elected government officials, even though they were made by a high-ranking progressive Senator…
We didn't spy, but if we did, it was because Senate Staffers were mishandling classified information.
Justice won't probe CIA, Senate spying allegations
The Justice Department has decided it won't referee charges -- and countercharges -- of spying between the CIA and the Senate Intelligence Committee.
The CIA's general counsel and inspector general each made criminal referrals to the Justice Department seeking an investigation of whether Senate staffers obtained unauthorized access to classified documents related to the agency's now-defunct post-9/11 interrogation program.
Soon after, Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Dianne Feinstein went to the Senate floor to accuse the agency of spying on computers used by committee staffers at a CIA facility to investigate the Bush-era interrogation program.
Now, the Justice Department has notified the CIA and the Senate committee that it can't find enough evidence to warrant a full-blown probe.
"The department carefully reviewed the matters referred to us and did not find sufficient evidence to warrant a criminal investigation," Justice Department spokesman Peter Carr said.
The CIA declined comment. Feinstein's office didn't immediately comment.
CIA says it acted properly
CIA Director John Brennan has disputed Feinstein's accusations of agency wrongdoing in uncovering Senate staff access to the internal report.
Speaking to the Council on Foreign Relations in March, he said, "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."
Dean Boyd, a CIA spokesman, said in an op-ed published in USA Today in March that the agency acted properly after it discovered Senate staffers may have accessed and retained sensitive documents stored in a CIA computer network.
"These documents were privileged, deliberative, pre-decisional executive branch material that implicated separation of powers concerns," Boyd wrote. "Because we were concerned that there may have been a breach or vulnerability in the CIA local area network on which CIA stored these documents, CIA information technology specialists were asked to conduct a limited review to determine whether these files were located on the side of the CIA network the committee was authorized to use. That review appeared to confirm the committee's unauthorized access to the documents."
Then comes the CIA Inspector General’s report…
Prepared at the request of the Congressional Intelligence Committees
On 30 January 2014, the CIA Office of Inspector General (OIG) opened an investigation into allegations that Agency personnel improperly accessed Senate Select Committee on Intelligence (SSCI) staff files and records on the CIA-operated and maintained Rendition, Detention, and Interrogation network (RDINet).
Potential violations included Title 18 U.S.C. § 2511 (Wiretap Act) and 18 U.S.C. § 1030 (Computer Fraud and Abuse Act).
On 30 January 2014, the matter was referred to the Department of Justice (DOJ) and, after review, on 8 July 2014, Justice declined to open a criminal investigation.
The OIG investigation determined essentially as follows:
Agency Access to Files on the SSCI RDINet:
Five Agency employees, two attorneys and three information technology (IT) staff members, improperly accessed or caused access to the SSCI Majority staff shared drives on the RDINet.
Agency Crimes Report on Alleged Misconduct by SSCI Staff:
The Agency filed a crimes report with the DOJ, as required by Executive Order 12333 and the 1995 Crimes Reporting Memorandum between the DOJ and the Intelligence Community, reporting that SSCI staff members may have improperly accessed Agency information on the RDINet.
However, the factual basis for the referral was not supported, as the author of the referral had been provided inaccurate information on which the letter was based. After review, the DOJ declined to open a criminal investigation of the matter alleged in the crimes report.
Office of Security Review of SSCI Staff Activity:
Subsequent to directive by the D/CIA to halt the Agency review of SSCI staff access to the RDINet, and unaware of the D/CIA’s direction, the Office of Security conducted a limited investigation of SSCI activities on the RDINet. That effort included a keyword search of all and a review of some of the emails of SSCI Majority staff members on the RDINet system.
Lack of Candor:
The three IT staff members demonstrated a lack of candor about their activities during interviews by the OIG. The OIG investigation was limited in scope to review the conduct of Agency officials, and did not examine the conduct of SSCI staff members.
I am convinced that former CIA Director John Brennan is and was Obama’s man. From his pro-Islam, anti-Israel position to his covert and possibly criminal actions in Benghazi, the whole Brennan era smacks of collusion, cover-up, and possibly high crimes and misdemeanors.
This man should not have a security clearance, and if not for his anti-Trump rhetoric, the progressive mainstream media would be calling for his head on a pike. And it should come as no surprise that the Obama Justice Department refused to investigate the matter which almost sparked a constitutional crisis.
And this is the crap-weasel who uses his security clearance to imbue his ranting with some form of legitimacy and has the temerity to call the President of the United States? Especially when the president he served was complicit in so many scandals, cover-ups, criminal activities, and provided material aid and comfort to our enemies while disparaging American allies. Brennan's fingerprints are all over the Steele dossier.
We are so screwed.
"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius