On This Day — CIA Director John Brennan Defends Torture Methods (December 11 2014) [2019]

“In a limited number of cases, agency officers used interrogation techniques that had not been authorized, were abhorrent and rightly should be repudiated by all.”

CIA Director John Brennan (December 11 2014)

“No evidence that terror attacks were stopped, terrorists captured or lives saved through use of EITs”

Senator Diane Feinstein — Tweet (Dec. 11 2014)

Former CIA Director John Brennan

On December 11 2014, speaking at CIA headquarters, John Brennan conceded that some CIA officers used “abhorrent” interrogation techniques. Follow us on Twitter: @INTEL_TODAY

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UPDATE (December 11 2019) — John Brennan, who had been silent on Twitter since November 15, has resurfaced on Monday.

The damage being inflicted by @realDonaldTrump on our national conscience & our government is tragic.

Members of Congress & staffers who defend & misrepresent his indefensible actions are telling Americans it’s ok to be dishonest, unethical, & corrupt.

How far we have fallen.

— John O. Brennan (@JohnBrennan) December 9, 2019

It is a bit curious that Brennan has nothing to say about the IG report that was dropped on the very same day.

Let me make one point very clear.

The IG report is damning for the FBI. It clearly demonstrates a willingness from FBI top officials to ignore their own rules in order to obtain FISA warrants.

More about this very soon, but I suspect that we have not seen the end of this story…

Meanwhile, former CIA officer Mark Augustine had a personal message for Brennan.

I worked for you at CIA. You’re dishonest and corrupt. You’ve destroyed the agency that I loved and served for 23 years.

I swear to you: I will attend your trial and sentencing. That day is coming. https://t.co/XSJPpDzOSc

— Mark Augustine (@MarkAugustine60) December 9, 2019

I was under cover my entire career, never sought or wanted publicity — quite the opposite. Then came Benghazi, the Iran cash scandal, Hillary emails and now the Russia and Ukraine hoaxes. Now I speak up and speak out.

— Mark Augustine (@MarkAugustine60) December 9, 2019

One thing is very clear. Neither U.S. Attorney John Durham nor Attorney General Bill Barr appear to agree with the IG report’s conclusion regarding how the FBI case was opened.

Yesterday, Barr said in interviews that the FBI’s reasoning for investigating potential collusion between Russia and President Donald Trump’s campaign was “flimsy,” and suggested it was possibly carried out in “bad faith.”

“I think our nation was turned on its head for three years based on a completely bogus narrative that was largely fanned and hyped by a completely irresponsible press.”

I think there were gross abuses …and inexplicable behavior that is intolerable in the FBI. I think that leaves open the possibility that there was bad faith.”

“I think probably from a civil liberties standpoint, the greatest danger to our free system is that the incumbent government used the apparatus of the state… both to spy on political opponents, but also to use them in a way that could affect the outcome of the election.”

“I think when you step back here and say what was this all based on, it’s not sufficient. [There] never has been, any evidence of collusion, and yet this campaign and the president’s administration has been dominated by this investigation into what turns out to be completely baseless.”

Here’s Durham’s statement:

“I have the utmost respect for the mission of the Office of Inspector General and the comprehensive work that went into the report prepared by Mr. Horowitz and his staff. However, our investigation is not limited to developing information from within component parts of the Justice Department. Our investigation has included developing information from other persons and entities, both in the U.S. and outside of the U.S. Based on the evidence collected to date, and while our investigation is ongoing, last month we advised the Inspector General that we do not agree with some of the report’s conclusions as to predication and how the FBI case was opened.”

And we already know from various reports that Durham is “very interested” in questioning both former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper and former CIA Director John Brennan.

Intel Today would like to know what you think. Do you believe that John Brennan will go to prison?

END of UPDATE

Director Brennan argued that it was “unknowable” whether the agency needed to torture at least 39 detainees from 2002 to 2007 to obtain necessary counterterrorism intelligence.

“I have already stated that our reviews indicate that the detention and interrogation program produced useful intelligence that helped the United States thwart attack plans, capture terrorists and save lives.

“But let me be clear. We have not concluded that it was the use of EITs (enhanced interrogation techniques) within that program that allowed us to obtain useful information from detainees subjected to them.

The cause-and-effect relationship between the use of EITs and useful information subsequently provided by the detainee is, in my view, unknowable.

We are not contemplating at all getting back into the detention program, using any of those EITs, so I defer to the policymakers in future times when there is going to be the need to ensure that this country stays safe if we face a similar type of crisis.”

Controversy over Iraq Intelligence

On the same day, John Brennan sent a letter to a retiring senior senator, Michigan Democrat Carl Levin, seeking to resolve a controversy over intelligence ahead of the Iraq war.

Bush administration officials claimed that 9/11 hijacker Mohammed Atta met in Prague with one of Saddam Hussein’s intelligence agents.

These officials used reports of that meeting — whose authenticity has long been under dispute — to argue Saddam’s Iraq was complicit in the 9/11 attacks, and to justify the 2003 US invasion.

On December 11 2014, CIA Director John Brennan revealed a March 13 2003 analysis from CIA field agents concluding:

“There is not one USG or FBI expert that … has said they have evidence or ‘know’ that [Mohamed Atta] was indeed in Prague. In fact, the analysis has been the opposite.”

The US invaded Iraq six days later.

CIA director defends post 9/11 tactics exposed in U.S. Senate report

REFERENCES

CIA director John Brennan defends agency in wake of torture report — The Guardian

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On This Day — CIA Director John Brennan Defends Torture Methods (December 11 2014)

On This Day — CIA Director John Brennan Defends Torture Methods (December 11 2014) [2019]

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