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Get On Up - CIA Directors don’t get fired for lying...

...They get fired for fucking their biographer
August 1, 2014 | By emptywheel

Amidst calls for Brennan’s firing, Obama basically responded, “Sure, we  
tortured some folks, but I still have confidence in the guy who found the  
waterboard and black sites at which to torture.”

But I’m not sure why folks are so surprised by Obama’s reluctance to  
criticize Brennan for lying about hacking the SSCI. Aside from the mutual  
complicity — Brennan was personal witness to each and every drone strike  
Obama approved that violated international law, after all — CIA Directors  
don’t get fired for lying.

They get fired for fucking their biographer.
Obama Admits He Banned Only “Some” of the CIA’s Torture Techniques
Jeff Kaye Sunday August 3, 2014

There was a cascade of coverage of the President’s August 1 remarks  
concerning John Brennan and his defense of his embattled CIA chief, as  
Obama was also widely derided for his seeming defense of those who  
tortured “some folks” after 9/11. (Obama did not mention that the order to  
torture came from the Oval Office.)

“Well, at least he called the crimes out as ‘torture,” some observers  
noted. Others, including some in the Senate Select Committee on  
Intelligence (SSCI), called for John Brennan’s resignation as CIA director  
after he admitted the CIA had spied on Congressional investigators who  
were writing a thousands-of-pages-long report on the CIA Rendition,  
Detention, and Interrogation program.

The full quote from the August 1 presser is worth reproducing here. The  
quote below begins in the middle of Obama’s defense of those who used  
torture after 9/11, i.e., those who are the subjects of the Senate’s  
controversial torture report (bold emphasis is added):

And it’s important for us not to feel too sanctimonious in retrospect  
about the tough job that those folks had. And a lot of those folks were  
working hard under enormous pressure and are real patriots.

But having said all that, we did some things that were wrong. And that’s  
what that report reflects. And that’s the reason why, after I took office,  
one of the first things I did was to ban some of the extraordinary  
interrogation techniques that are the subject of that report.

Only “some of the extraordinary interrogation techniques”? Not all? Was  
this merely a slip of the tongue by the President? No one in the press  
corp seemed to notice, and no one took him up on the issue. To date, no  
one has in the press has at all (besides Leopold’s tweets), though it is  
very much worth noting that Jeremy Scahill reported in July 2011 on the  
CIA’s continuing use of black sites and torture in an important article in  
The Nation. Others had surmised as much even earlier.


The CIA has dismissed as "baseless" and "uninformed" claims made by the  
former lover of ex-agency chief David Petraeus that Libyan militants were  
held in secret US prisons prior to the deadly Benghazi consulate attack.

Get On Up

“... (Petraeus) had a vision for the way the military will change now. We  
will no longer commit to large scale boots on the ground operations like  
we have seen in Iraq and Afghanistan, we can’t afford it.... (Petraeus)  
saw that war was changing from that type of operation to more covert wars  
and the CIA would be a place that he could still be in the arena.” - Paula  
Broadwell, University of Denver, Alumni Symposium, October 2012