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Re: [hfpj] re: Zero Dark Thirty, By peddling the lie that CIA detentions led to Bin Laden's killing, you have become a Leni Riefenstahl-like propagandist of torture

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  • bbaldwin@indy.net
    The film Zero Dark Thirty fits in with the Obama Administration s agenda regarding torture and rendition. He just nominated John Brennan to be CIA Director.
    Message 1 of 1 , Jan 7, 2013

      The film Zero Dark Thirty fits in with the Obama Administration's agenda regarding torture and rendition.  He just nominated John Brennan to be CIA Director.  Brennan, a proponent of torture and rendition during the Bush Administration, also was the source for erroneous information about the alleged killing of Osama bin Laden.  He's the guy that claimed there had been a fire fight at the compound and that Osama had hid behind one of his wives.  These claims were later recanted.  http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/05/02/brennan-we-would-have-taken-bin-laden-alive_n_856541.html

      Here is what Glenn Greenwald has to say about Obama's nomination of Brennan to be the new CIA Director:

      John Brennan's extremism and dishonesty rewarded with CIA Director nomination

      Obama's top terrorism adviser goes from unconfirmable in 2008 to uncontroversial in 2013, reflecting the Obama legacy

      Glenn Greenwald

      Prior to President Obama's first inauguration in 2009, a controversy erupted over reports that he intended to appoint John Brennan as CIA director. That controversy, in which I participated, centered around the fact that Brennan, as a Bush-era CIA official, had expressly endorsed Bush's programs of torture (other than waterboarding) and rendition and also was a vocal advocate of immunizing lawbreaking telecoms for their role in the illegal Bush NSA eavesdropping program. As a result, Brennan withdrew his name from consideration, issuing a bitter letter blaming "strong criticism in some quarters prompted by [his] previous service with the" CIA.

      This "victory" of forcing Brennan's withdrawal proved somewhat Pyrrhic, as Obama then appointed him as his top counter-terrorism adviser, where he exerted at least as much influence as he would have had as CIA Director, if not more. In that position, Brennan last year got caught outright lying when he claimed Obama's drone program caused no civilian deaths in Pakistan over the prior year. He also spouted complete though highly influential falsehoods to the world in the immediate aftermath of the Osama bin Laden killing, including claiming that bin Laden "engaged in a firefight" with Navy SEALS and had "used his wife as a human shield". Brennan has also been in charge of many of Obama's most controversial and radical policies, including "signature strikes" in Yemen - targeting people without even knowing who they are - and generally seizing the power to determine who will be marked for execution without any due process, oversight or transparency.

      As it typically does in the US National Security State, all of that deceit and radicalism is resulting not in recrimination or loss of credibility for Brennan, but in reward and promotion. At 1 pm EST today, Obama will announce that he has selected Brennan to replace Gen. David Petraeus as CIA chief: the same position for which, four short years ago, Brennan's pro-torture-and-rendition past rendered him unfit and unconfirmable.

      Full story: http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/series/glenn-greenwald-security-liberty

       

      -----Original Message-----
      From: Dave Lambert
      Sent: Jan 6, 2013 8:16 PM
      To: ipjn , Lafayette Peace , hfpj , indianadrone
      Subject: [hfpj] re: Zero Dark Thirty, By peddling the lie that CIA detentions led to Bin Laden's killing, you have become a Leni Riefenstahl-like propagandist of torture

       

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