Jihad-Denialist Nominated to Head CIA

President Obama’s determination to keep his Middle East outreach agenda alive, no matter how at odds with reality, continues. Yesterday, John Brennan, Deputy National Security Adviser for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism, was nominated to head the CIA, replacing scandal-scarred David Petraeus. “John knows what our national security demands,” Obama announced.

“John has an invaluable perspective on the forces, the history, the culture, the politics, economics, the desire for human dignity driving so much of the changes in today’s world…He knows the risks that our intelligence professionals face every day.”

At best, the 25-year CIA veteran’s record is a mixed bag. At worst, he becomes another link in the administration’s efforts to normalize relations with Islamic terrorists.

Brennan was considered to run the CIA after the president was elected for the first time in 2008. But he withdrew his name from consideration after critics derided his support for the Bush administration’s enhanced interrogation techniques, a charge he denied. “It has been immaterial to the critics that I have been a strong opponent of many of the policies of the Bush administration such as the pre-emptive war in Iraq and coercive interrogation tactics, to include waterboarding,” Brennan wrote at the time.

In 2009, Brennan came under fire again, as the result of the colossal intelligence failure that allowed terrorist Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab to board Northwest Airlines Flight 253 on Christmas Day 2009, during which he attempted to detonate an underwear bomb. Abdulmutallab was able to board the fight despite several red flags, including intercepted conversations between Abdulmutallab and American terror cleric Anwar al-Awlaki, a British visa rejection, and a warning from his own father, who went to the U.S. embassy in Abuja, where he told officials of receiving a letter in which his son talked about “sacrificing himself.”

After calls for his resignation, Brennan responded to the criticism in a USA Today editorial. “Politically motivated criticism and unfounded fear-mongering only serve the goals of al-Qaeda,” he wrote. “Terrorists are not 100-feet tall. Nor do they deserve the abject fear they seek to instill.” One suspects those on board Flight 253 might disagree. Yet Brennan doubled down, and insisted on treating Abdulmutallab as a criminal, rather than an enemy combatant, contending that it is “naive to think that transferring Abdulmutallab to military custody would have caused an outpouring of information. There is little difference between military and civilian custody, other than an interrogator with a uniform. The suspect gets access to a lawyer, and interrogation rules are nearly identical,” Brennan contended.

Brennan further cemented his soft-on-terror credentials only days later in a February 13, 2010 speech at New York University law school’s Islamic Center. In front of  a largely Muslim audience, he called for trying 9/11 terrorist Khalid Sheikh Mohammed in a civilian court. “We are trying to push this forward as best we can, but we also need non-obstruction from certain forces in our government,” he contended. “There are stiff winds delaying us from bringing this man to justice.” Those stiff winds came from the Obama administration itself, which rejected a guilty plea from KSM in 2008, in order to try him in civilian court.

During the same speech, Brennan endorsed the administration’s determination to delete words like “jihadist” and “war on terror” from its lexicon. “They are not jihadists, for jihad is a holy struggle, an effort to purify for a legitimate purpose, and there is nothing–absolutely nothing–holy or pure or legitimate or Islamic about murdering innocent men, women and children,” Brennan insisted. “We are not waging a war against terrorism because terrorism is but a tactic that will never be defeated, any more than a tactics of war will.” In another telling moment, Brennan’s first referred to Jerusalem as al-Quds, which is its Arabic name. “In all my travels the city I have come to love most is al-Quds, Jerusalem, where three great faiths come together,” he said.

During the question and answer period, Brennan contended that a 20 percent recidivism rate for terrorists released from Guantanamo Bay prison “isn’t that bad” when compared to the American penal system. “People sometimes use that figure, 20 percent, say ‘Oh my goodness, one out of five detainees returned to some type of extremist activity,’” Brennan said. “You know, the American penal system, the recidivism rate is up to something about 50 percent or so, as far as return to crime. Twenty percent isn’t that bad.” That Brennan could compare one-in-five hardcore terrorists returning to the task of waging war against the West with regular criminals of all kinds, demonstrates either a monumental level of naiveté, or a disingenuousness bordering on delusion.

In another speech given in May 2010 at the Nixon Center, Brennan upped the ante yet again, asserting that that “violent extremists” are victims of “political, economic and social forces.” Reuters reveals additional comments Brennan made, following his return from Lebanon:

“Hezbollah is a very interesting organization,” Brennan told a Washington conference, citing its evolution from “purely a terrorist organization” to a militia to an organization that now has members within the parliament and the cabinet. “There is certainly the elements of Hezbollah that are truly a concern to us what they’re doing. And what we need to do is to find ways to diminish their influence within the organization and to try to build up the more moderate elements,” Brennan said.”

Again, one might be forgiven for wondering what constitutes a “moderate” in an organization that has carried out a series of worldwide terror attacks over the course of decades, yearns for Israel’s annihilation and, prior to 9/11, was responsible for killing more Americans than any other terrorist organization in the world.

Unfortunately, Brennan’s infatuation with outreach is not limited to Hezbollah. In 2010, columnist Patrick Poole revealed that Hamas operative Kifah Mustapha was given a guided tour of the “National Counterterrorism Center and other secure government facilities, including the FBI’s training center at Quantico.” Mustapha was an unindicted co-conspirator in the Holy Land foundation case, during which his colleagues were convicted of funding Hamas, yet another U.S.-designated terrorist organization. Center for Security Policy chief Frank Gaffney, a former Reagan administration official, demanded Brennan’s resignation as a result. “The FBI gave a guided tour of one of our most sensitive counter-terrorism facilities to a known Hamas operative,” Gaffney said. “It is clear that the cluelessness fostered by Mr. Brennan is causing an empowering of the wrong sorts of Muslims in America and endangering the American people.”

Brennan penchant for revealing America’s secrets continued in 2012. When the United States thwarted another would-be underwear bomber last May, Brennan inadvertently revealed we had a double-agent working on the case when he briefed former counter-terrorism advisors who subsequently got work as TV commentators. He told them that the bomber was never a threat because America had “inside control” of the situation. The former advisors reached the inexorable conclusion shortly thereafter. May was also the month Judicial Watch finally obtained documents, via a Freedom of Information Act, from the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) and the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA,) revealing that Brennan and Defense Department officials disclosed to Hollywood filmmakers the identity of the SEAL Team Six operator and commander involved in taking out Osama Bin Laden. A transcript of a meeting held July 14, 2011, reveals that “documents seemingly reference John O. Brennan, Chief Counterterrorism Advisor to President Obama and Denis McDonough, who serves as President Obama’s Deputy National Security Advisor.”

“These documents, which took nine months and a federal lawsuit to disgorge from the Obama administration, show that politically-connected film makers were giving extraordinary and secret access to bin Laden raid information, including the identity of a Seal Team Six leader,” said Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton. “It is both ironic and hypocritical that the Obama administration stonewalled Judicial Watch’s pursuit of the bin Laden death photos, citing national security concerns, yet seemed willing to share intimate details regarding the raid to help Hollywood filmmakers release a movie ‘perfectly timed to give a home-stretch boost’ to the Obama campaign.”

All of the above suggests that John Brennan is, at the least, an extremely dubious pick to head the CIA. But a story by Associated Press columnist Kimberly Dozier entitled, “Who Will US Drones Target? Who Will Decide?” paints an even more disturbing picture of Brennan, who she contends has “seized the lead in guiding the debate on which terror leaders will be targeted for drone attacks or raids, establishing a new procedure to vet both military and CIA targets. The move concentrates power over the use of lethal U.S. force outside war zones at the White House,” she writes. She further noted that while some intelligence officials are comfortable with the new process, others expressed concern about “how easy it has become to kill someone.”

PJ Media’s Patrick Poole puts it more directly: “John Brennan is the man under whom President Obama has consolidated the unprecedented power of assassination. He directly controls and oversees all aspects of the program that had been previously divided between the Pentagon, the CIA, and other officials,” he writes.

A soft-on-terror approach, combined with an appetite for unprecedented powers, makes John Brennan a perfect fit for a president with the same proclivities. So does a dubious mixture of incompetence and arrogance. It remains to be seen whether the Senate thinks such qualities work for the nation as a whole. Since the Senate is controlled by Democrats, one suspects that Brennan’s confirmation will be little more than a formality.

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  • http://www.adinakutnicki.com AdinaK

    Par for the Islamist-in-Chief's course, he nominated Hagel too! Alas, here is the reality re the POTUS and his anti-American bent, plus so much more – http://adinakutnicki.com/2012/08/24/when-radical-

    Adina Kutnicki, Israel – http://adinakutnicki.com/about/

    • Glennd1

      Perhaps you don't realize it, but the interests of Israel are not the interests of the United States…

      • kaz

        perhaps you dont realize it, but the interests of islam are not the interests of the united states. the similarity between israel and the usa is that both are targeted for islamic conquest, enslavement, and genocide. those of us who do not wish to be forced to choose between worshiping a god of pure evil and being murdered have some problem with being targeted for conquest by the worst plague to ever infest the earth. since you dont seem to be concerned about the evil designs of islam, perhaps you should go and live in one of the already established islamic paradises. i suggest somolia. you would feel very comfortable there. no hated infidels to bother you in somolia. go.

      • Choi

        Two fellow DEMOCRACIES with JIHADIST BULLSEYES on them HAVE the MUTUAL INTEREST.
        Israels RIGHT TO EXIST is NO LESS than any country in this world.
        Get THAT through your head,FK-Head!

      • JacksonPearson

        When was the last time you've seen daylight? Perhaps you should pull it out and look around!

      • JacksonPearson

        When was the last time you've seen daylight? Pull it out and look around!

      • Christian West

        Vis-a-vis Islam they are perfectly identical. Those that insist on their difference are running errands for Islam whether they realize it or not.

        • EarlyBird

          How is it that W. Bush, who actually forced Sharon to send the IDF into Occupied Territories to pull Israelis off the land, who launched a war against Iraq which strengthened Iran, who oversaw a time of European economic activity with Iran, and who virtually ignored Al Queda after the initial phases of the Afghanistan campaign a hero to Israel…

          All while Obama, who has damaged Al Queda FAR more than Bush, installed a crippling sanctions regime against Iran, gave $70 million US dollars towards Israel's Iron Dome, and who has merely asked that Israel stop illegally settling the Occupied Territories (as every president has always asked) is considered by the nutjobs on this board as some kind of Islamic terrorist?

          Really, I'd love an explanation.

          • kaz

            bush is a spoiled rich boy who didnt bother to get an education, and substituted feelings for real information. how else could one explain his proclamation of islam the "religion of peace" when he had full justification, and the political support, to issue a proclamation expelling muslims from our country? that is an opportunity that wont come around again until the jihadists have waged a successful nuclear attack. when it happens, we can rightly blame george w bush for the nuclear attack being necessary to get the invading muslims out of our country. regarding obama, you are as ill-informed as bush. obama's aiding and abetting of islam is intentional, very effective, and will have long lasting effects. the evil that bush did due to stupidity, obama is accomplishing due to malice. neither, however, can complete with with blue dress bill, who intentionally waged war against a christian country to enhance islamic genocide of christians.

          • EarlyBird

            You're right: Bush was all heart, and no head. He was led around by a neo-con cabal who was all theory and no practical application. Though he had the political support, he had no Constitutional support (remember that?) to just round up Muslim Americans and throw them out (to where?).

            HOW has Obama aided and abetted Islam, or Islamic terrorism? Just saying it doesn't make it true. Just because his middle name is Hussein doesn't make it true. Just reading it on this website which is perhaps the most hysterical, hateful, bigoted, dishonest, relentlessly paranoid propaganda I've ever come across, doesn't make it true.

            How, specifically, has he aided and abetted Islamic terror? Honestly. I'd like a real answer, please.

  • objectivefactsmatter

    Traitors promote and support other traitors. Since he has an entire major political party behind him, what else can you expect from the most successful traitor in US history?

    • Cassandra

      You are right. Hagel, Brennen, Dempsey, Reid, Holder, Kerry and others:the circle of hell is closing on us.

    • kaz

      my goodness, you are such a gibbering imbecile. using very specific words like "trailer trash" in this context is one of the myriad reasons liberals and other islam-loving girly men are selling our country into islamic slavery. try using relevant words. unfortunately, noone is laughing at you. selling your country into islamic slavery is no laughing matter.

  • objectivefactsmatter

    "Brennan doubled down, and insisted on treating Abdulmutallab as a criminal, rather than an enemy combatant, contending that it is “naive to think that transferring Abdulmutallab to military custody would have caused an outpouring of information. There is little difference between military and civilian custody, other than an interrogator with a uniform. The suspect gets access to a lawyer, and interrogation rules are nearly identical,” Brennan contended."

    And:

    "During the question and answer period, Brennan contended that a 20 percent recidivism rate for terrorists released from Guantanamo Bay prison “isn’t that bad” when compared to the American penal system. ”People sometimes use that figure, 20 percent, say ‘Oh my goodness, one out of five detainees returned to some type of extremist activity,’” Brennan said. “You know, the American penal system, the recidivism rate is up to something about 50 percent or so, as far as return to crime. Twenty percent isn’t that bad.” That Brennan could compare one-in-five hardcore terrorists returning to the task of waging war against the West with regular criminals of all kinds, demonstrates either a monumental level of naiveté, or a disingenuousness bordering on delusion."

    Let's see. Should we treat enemy combatants who operate totally outside of the rules of war established in the West, totally alien to our culture, and who want to annihilate our culture, according to the same standards as used for citizens who violate our laws? This guy sounds almost ready for sharia. Soon he'll be naming streets after terrorists and making speeches about the need to cut off arms and legs of burglars and thieves. Good thing he's CIA I guess, I mean it could be worse. He could be VP in favor of Biden.

    By the way, unlawful combatants should never be let out unless we can be sure it is impossible for them to repeat their heinous crimes. In fact they should be shot on the spot if there is no intel value in saving their evil lives.

    • Larry

      More the point, International Law says that they can be shot on the spot.

      Treating them like regular criminals, or regular PoWs is where they got into trouble. Once you open the thinnest gap for the "human rights" lawyers to slither through you are just asking for trouble.

      • Drakken

        That is why the only good muslim terrorist is a dead muslim terrorist, period!

        • EarlyBird

          Yeah! Let's just kill all 1.3 billion of 'em and let God sort 'em out!

          • Christian West

            Are you saying there are 1.3 billion muslim terrorists? You must be some kind of islamophobe…

    • EarlyBird

      "ObjectiveFacts" (gotta love that!), you the rest of you fascist, war mongering, blood thirsty, torture-cheerleading, paranoid schizophrenic ghouls seem to miss a huge point: the US has been very, very safe since 9/11.

      And the reason is NOT because we have militarized our response to terrorist threats inside our borders or summarily executed anybody we have suspected of wrong doing, as you have requested, but because we have used excellent, old fashioned, boring police work.

      The Underwear Bomber, who was apprehended and tried as a civilian, is far worse off than anybody at Gitmo. He's going to spend the rest of his useless life in SuperMax, which is 23 hours a day solitary confinement with one hour to seeing a bit of daylight through a slit in the ceiling while he exercises. He would most certainly trade his situation for time at Gitmo.

      • kaz

        the us is very safe since 9-11-01 in the same way a guy that jumps from the empire state building is still healthy as he passes the 20th floor on the way down. so far so good. WE ARE INTENTIONALLY IMPORTING, CODDLING, PROTECTING, PROMOTING, AND DISCRIMINATING IN FAVOR OF, MALICIOUS INVADING MUSLIMS. there is no way a free society can import muslims and stay free. they are only 2% of our populationand growing leaps and bounds? so far so good. not to worry. we wont be conquered for at least another 20 years. thats the same as safe, right? no worries. just because our grandchildren will be enslaved and then genocided by the monsters we are importing is no cause for concern.

        • EarlyBird

          How has the rate of Muslims to the United States changed in the past few years? Numbers and figures, please.

      • Drakken

        Early libidiot summed it all up pretty well in his liberal deluded worldview of I feel therefore I am a liberal, next time Sparky use a little common sense, logic, facts and some historical knowledge if you want to come on here and bark with the big dogs, otherwise stay on the porch with the pups.

        • EarlyBird

          Hah! Oh I'm with the "big dogs"here, real intellectual heavy weights! (Talk about delusion.) Hope I can hang in.

          Funny that you are literally unable to write a comprehensive sentence, let alone address any points of someone with whom you disagree, and consider yourself a big dog of "logic."

          This entire site is just a bizzare world of the most paranoid, right wing, bigoted, racist, hateful, terrified, misinformed, enraged freaks I've ever come across. The mindless anger that comes off of it is just awesome.

          • objectivefactsmatter

            "Hah! Oh I'm with the "big dogs"here, real intellectual heavy weights! (Talk about delusion.) Hope I can hang in."

            You feel that you win arguments through your own lack of comprehension. That is delusional. You are a delusional troll who remains excited to pester us because he thinks he's making a point now and then. You're only making a fool of yourself.

            "This entire site is just a bizzare world of the most paranoid, right wing, bigoted, racist, hateful, terrified, misinformed, enraged freaks I've ever come across. The mindless anger that comes off of it is just awesome."

            The real world has real evil people making real evil plans. In contrast to your world of lollipops and delusion, of course you think it's mindless because you're from another world.

      • objectivefactsmatter

        "…ghouls seem to miss a huge point: the US has been very, very safe since 9/11."

        The USA was even safer on September 10, 2001. I fear you can't process much more than that statement.

        "And the reason is NOT because we have militarized our response to terrorist threats inside our borders or summarily executed anybody we have suspected of wrong doing, as you have requested, but because we have used excellent, old fashioned, boring police work."

        All of your emotionally-derived opinions are useless to us. You're misinformed and delusional.

        "The Underwear Bomber, who was apprehended and tried as a civilian, is far worse off than anybody at Gitmo. He's going to spend the rest of his useless life in SuperMax, which is 23 hours a day solitary confinement with one hour to seeing a bit of daylight through a slit in the ceiling while he exercises. He would most certainly trade his situation for time at Gitmo."

        1) You're wrong
        2) They are treated far too well at Gitmo
        3) We have more concrete obligations to anyone once they arrive here as a "criminal" whereas future political leaders could make their own decisions about the prisoners at Gitmo

        • EarlyBird

          You idiot, of COURSE they are treated better at Gitmo, a military prison, than in civilian Super Max prisons. THAT's MY POINT! Let our regular police process work, put these bastards in Super Max for LIFE and they will suffer MORE than Gitmo and the military hearings AND we will be safer.

          Damn, you're dumb! You can't even figure out when you agree with someone.

          Seriously, has everyone on this board been lobotimized?

          • objectivefactsmatter

            Read with comprehension. You inferred incorrectly you silly troll. That nullifies everything you've said. Sorry. You're "education" has failed you. My opinion that they are treated far too well with respect to what they deserve has no bearing on how they are treated in our criminal judicial system, which is even more out-of-line.

  • JerryMc

    A liar will reveal his true intentions at times. To "fundamentally transform the United States of America" was a clear glimps into the heart of a flamboyant obscene character. The hatred for America and Israel can barely be contained.

    • Mary Sue

      not to mention the immense narcissism and ego that enables him to believe that he can Hope and Change America into what he thinks it should always have been…

  • melvin polatnick

    Both Hagel and Brennan will keep the fires of fear burning, but they will keep its heat at a level suitable to the wishes of their Commander In Chief. Neither will help create an atmosphere where there is less need for America`s multi- trillion dollar security apparatus, that is not their pay grade. They both will be searching the planet to find those that threaten the tranquility of our peace loving nation. American`s will feel secure in their homes when the two strong men are nominated to guard their gates.

    • Jim_C

      "Both Hagel and Brennan will keep the fires of fear burning"

      This very website does a much better job of keping those fires well-stoked, thank you very much.

    • objectivefactsmatter

      "Both Hagel and Brennan will keep the fires of fear burning, but they will keep its heat at a level suitable to the wishes of their Commander In Chief. Neither will help create an atmosphere where there is less need for America`s multi- trillion dollar security apparatus, that is not their pay grade. They both will be searching the planet to find those that threaten the tranquility of our peace loving nation. American`s will feel secure in their homes when the two strong men are nominated to guard their gates."

      That's not really very funny.

  • http://libertyandculture.blogspot.com/ JasonPappas

    Great work, Ahlert & FPM. This is the intellectual ammunition we need at this time of the debate. From Muslim-Brotherhood-affiliated Hillary Clinton to worse!

    • Jim_C

      Too bad there won't be any Republican to stand athwart the appointment hearings brandishing this, er, "intellectual ammunition," and yell "STOP!"

      • objectivefactsmatter

        "Too bad there won't be any Republican to stand athwart the appointment hearings brandishing this, er, "intellectual ammunition," and yell "STOP!""

        Because "STOP" is the only message leftists will understand, but won't comprehend why.

  • Drakken

    The lengths that this administration takes to enable our enemies is absolutely mind boggling! When one cannot name our enemies out of fear that you may offend them really does sum up the traitors of the left, may they all get what they so richly deserve.

  • kafir4life

    Kapo Schumer is going to get George Soros old job going forward, so President Stinky (bo) won't have to worry about his vote. Same with his sock puppet, the jr. senator from NY. She can't make a move without Chuck's hand being crammed up in there.

  • Ghostwriter

    Brennan doesn't strike me as an anti-terror guy.

    • objectivefactsmatter

      "Brennan doesn't strike me as an anti-terror guy."

      "In another speech given in May 2010 at the Nixon Center, Brennan upped the ante yet again, asserting that that “violent extremists” are victims of “political, economic and social forces.”"

      What terror? Violent people are victims of society. We don't need jails any more either. Maybe Brennan should be heading the DOJ, except that the current leader is so valuable there. Hmmm. Who are the victims that matter most? Violent blacks or violent terrorists?

  • Thomas Wells

    Is the onset of syphilis dementia now a requirement for high office in the Obama administration?

    • Mary Sue

      that would explain a lot, particularly among insane freeloving lefties.

      Insanity due to B12 deficiency due to veganism accounts for the rest.

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  • Anamah

    Do you know where are the patriots?