Saturday, August 2, 2014

Brennan "either liar or incompetent"

Why Obama can't sweep aside his John Brennan problem at the CIA

CIA Director John Brennan
By Brian Hughes, Aug. 1, 2014,

The White House initially seemed unfazed by revelations that the CIAhad spied on Senate staffers reviewing the spy agency’s use of enhanced interrogation techniques.

As it did when other agency chiefs came under fire, the White House dismissed calls for the head of CIA Director John Brennan, labeling the matter a “misunderstanding” and trying to move past the embarrassing episode. President Obama Friday said he had "full confidence" in Brennan.

But it won't be that easy, for one simple reason: Democrats are furious.

After the spy agency admitted it had tapped into the computers of Senate staffers investigatingBush-era interrogation practices, Sens. Mark Udall, D-Colo., and Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., called for Brennan’s resignation.

They won't be the last to do so.

Lawmakers' outrage stems from Brennan’s firm denial that the agency spied on those conducting oversight of CIA activities.

“Nothing could be further from the truth,” Brennan told the Council of Foreign Relations in March. “I mean, we wouldn’t do that. I mean, that’s just beyond the scope of reason.”

Now Brennan’s apology is doing little to appease leaders on both sides of the aisle.

“Brennan is either a liar or incompetent — or maybe both,” one senior Democratic Senate aide told the Washington Examiner. “No, I don’t think the White House can expect us to give him the benefit of the doubt here.”

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