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Kicking the CIA in the groin

The Intercept -- the new media venture featuring Glenn Greenwald, Laura Poitras, and Dan Froomkin -- reached out to me and printed my comments for the first time, in a story about CIA torture, the Senate's investigation of CIA human rights abuses, and the CIA cover up that drove Senator Feinstein to the Senate floor. 

As one of the world's pre-eminent terror organizations, the CIA has long undermined US national security, as well as the values our nation once proudly inspired the world to follow. This week, Senate Intelligence Committee chair Dianne Feinstein finally started doing her job of challenging (at least parts of) the national seurity-intelligence-military-industrial complex, prompting widespread controversy about the CIA, its record on torture, and President Obama's failure to restore human rights under his administration.

The Intercept -- the new media venture featuring Glenn Greenwald, Laura Poitras, and Dan Froomkin -- reached out to me for commentary about the CIA's crisis, and printed my comments for the first time:

Shahid Buttar, executive director of the Bill of Rights Defense Committee, said that the concerns about the Senate investigation that led Brennan to launch his search were “ridiculous, as well as simply incorrect.”

Buttar continued: “Given his false assurances to the Senate Intelligence Committee about CIA drone strikes, and his continuing failure to let the public finally know the facts about CIA torture, Brennan should resign or be removed from office so the Committee can examine and confirm new leadership.”

Some senators appeared to be close to calling for Brennan to go. “I’ve lost confidence in Director Brennan, particularly because he won’t acknowledge the misdeeds and misconduct of the CIA,” Sen. Mark Udall (D-Colo.) said on MSNBC on Tuesday. He added: “The CIA has an important role to play, but if the public doesn’t trust the CIA, if the Senate overseers don’t trust the CIA, I don’t know how Director Brennan can continue to lead the agency.”

[Update: on Monday, March 17, I published "Beyond CIA & NSA spying: Corruption," explaining that:

Many observers have noted the double-standard apparent in Feinstein challenging the CIA while deferring to the NSA. Few have recognized that both the NSA’s pattern of spying and then lying about it, and the CIA’s trajectory of first committing torture crimes, then spying on Congress to cover it up and then lying about the spying when caught, can be described in a single word: corruption.]

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