Monday, July 30, 2018

"Not a good idea to piss off John Brennan," Samantha Power

Samantha Power saw fit to remind Trump where the power lies, so to speak.
She warned him publicly that it is
“not a good idea to piss off John Brennan.” 
Power is reported to have requested the unmasking of more than 260 Americans,
most of them in the final days of the administration, including the names of Trump associates.

On Jan. 3, 2017 Schumer said it all, when he told MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow, that President-elect Trump is “being really dumb” by taking on the intelligence community and its assessments on 
Russia’s cyber activities:
“Let me tell you, you take on the intelligence community, they have six ways from Sunday at getting back at you,” Schumer told Maddow. 
“So even for a practical, supposedly hard-nosed businessman, 
he’s being really dumb to do this.”

All of us have been conditioned to think that rising to the top of an Intelligence Agency is a reward for lifetime service. Dedicated individuals sacrifice the lure of money to serve our country. Apparently,  that is not so for John Brennan.

September 22, 1955  John Brennan was born. 

He received a B.A. in political science from Fordham University.  

Voted for Gus Hall, Communist candidate for President 
He then attended the University of Texas at Austin, receiving a Master of Arts in government with a concentration in Middle East studies in 1980.[5] He speaks Arabic fluently.[9] His studies included a junior year abroad learning Arabic and taking courses at the American University in Cairo
At UT, Brennan wrote an M.A. Thesis, “Human Rights: The Case Study of Egypt,” in which he 
1.    denied the existence of “absolute human rights,”
2.    defended censorship in Egypt
3.    indicated an early tolerance for torture. 

Since the press can play such an influential role in determining the perceptions of the masses, I am in favor of some degree of government censorship,” wrote Brennan. Taking his relativistic view of human rights to its logical conclusion, Brennan argued that “the fact that absolute human rights do not exist (with the probable exception of freedom from torture) makes the [human rights] analysis subject to innumerable conditional criticisms.”  (CNI Council for the National Interest, Working for Middle East Policies that serve the American National Interest, March 27, 2018)


Although Brennan officially joined the CIA in 1980—he tells reporters a story of how his “wanderlust” was piqued by a CIA recruiting ad in The New York Times—some of his activities at Fordham suggest his recruitment dates back to his school days. Bob Keane, a classmate from the 4th grade through sophomore year at Fordham, told reporters that Brennan spent the summer after freshman year in Indonesia with a cousin who was working for the Agency for International Development, and visited Bahrain on the way home. “I wondered if he had even been recruited that early,” mused Keane. In fact, Brennan spent his junior year abroad learning fluent Arabic and taking Middle Eastern studies courses at the American University in Cairo, Egypt.

While riding a bus to class at Fordham, he saw an ad in The New York Times that said the CIA was recruiting. He decided that a CIA career would be a good match for his "wanderlust" and his desire for public service.[5] During his application to the CIA he admitted in a lie-detector test that he had voted for the U.S. Communist Party candidate for president, Gus Hall, in 1976. He explained to the interviewer that his vote was a way of "signaling my unhappiness with the system," and he later described his vote as a protest against partisanship of the Watergate era.[16] He emphasized after leaving office that his entry into the CIA showed that freedom of speech in the U.S. does not disqualify a person for a career in government.[17

Joined CIA in 1980. 

The Guardian, April 19, 2017

A supporter of the American Communist Party at the height of the Cold War, Brennan brought into the CIA a raft of subversives and gave them plum positions from which to gather and leak political espionage on Trump. He bastardized standards so that these left-wing activists could burrow in and take career positions. Under the patina of that phony professionalism, they could then present their politicized judgments as “non-partisan.”

He was a daily intelligence briefer for President Bill Clinton

In 1996, he was CIA station chief in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, when the Khobar Towers bombing killed 19 U.S. servicemen.

Is John Brennan a Muslim?

February 10, 2013

One of the FBI’s former top experts on Islam has announced that President Obama’s pick to head the Central Intelligence Agency, John Brennan, converted to Islam years ago in Saudi Arabia.

When asked by WND’s Tom Trento if Guandolo was sure Brennan is a Muslim, Guandolo responded, “Yes I am. The facts of the matter are confirmed by U.S. government officials who were also in Saudi Arabia at the time that John Brennan was serving there and have direct knowledge. These are men who work in very trusted positions, they were direct witnesses to his growing relationship with the individuals who worked for the Saudi government and others and they witnessed his conversion to Islam.”

Guandolo went on to assert several things with regard to Brennan. His life was interwoven with individuals that were labeled as terrorists. This occurred both in his private and professional life. He has spoken positively of Islam and at times, jihad. He has even blamed jihad on “injustices, economics and ignorance,” but never mentioning that it is the result of Islamic teachings.
He was appointed chief of staff to George Tenet, then-Director of the CIA

March 2001 
Brennan became deputy executive director of the CIA.

September 2001 
World Trade Center Bombing

World Trade Center South Tower
Hijackers: Marwan al-Shehhi (United Arab Emirates), Fayez Banihammad (United Arab Emirates), Mohand al-Shehri (Saudi Arabian), Hamza al-Ghamdi (Saudi Arabian), Ahmed al-Ghamdi (Saudi Arabian).

World Trade Center North Tower
 Mohamed Atta (Egyptian), Abdulaziz al-Omari (Saudi Arabian), Wail al-Shehri (Saudi Arabian)Waleed al-Shehri (Saudi Arabian), Satam al-Suqami (Saudi Arabian).[1]

United Airlines Flight 77

PentagonHijackers: Hani Hanjour (Saudi Arabian), Khalid al-Mihdhar (Saudi Arabian), Majed Moqed (Saudi Arabian)Nawaf al-Hazmi (Saudi Arabian), Salem al-Hazmi (Saudi Arabian).[1]

United Airlines Flight 93

Hijackers: Ziad Jarrah (Lebanese), Ahmed al-Haznawi (Saudi Arabian), Ahmed al-Nami (Saudi Arabian)Saeed al-Ghamdi (Saudi Arabian)

No Iraqis? Why, then, did we attack Iraq?

Brennan was director of the newly created Terrorist Threat Integration Center from 2003 to 2004, an office that sifted through and compiled information for President Bush's daily top secret intelligence briefings and employed the services of analysts from a dozen U.S. agencies and entities.

No Weapons of Mass Destruction?


“Liberals, in particular, have hitched their wagons to the investigation being led by Special
Counsel Robert Mueller, who is widely hailed as a paragon of virtue, while the truth is, as 
FBI Director during the Bush administration, he was a key enabler of the WMD narrative used 
to launch an illegal war.
Mueller testified to Congress that “Iraq has moved to the top of my list” of threats to the 
domestic security of the United States. “As we previously briefed this Committee,” Mueller 
said on February 11, 2003, “Iraq’s WMD program poses a clear threat to our national 
He warned that Baghdad might provide WMDs to al-Qaeda to carry out a catastrophic attack
in the United States.
Mueller drew criticism at the time, including from FBI whistleblower Coleen Rowley, for 
conflating Iraq and al-Qaeda, with demands that the FBI produce whatever evidence it had 
on this supposed connection.”

Far from posing an imminent threat to the United States, in 2003, Iraq was a country that 
had already been devastated by a U.S.-led war a decade earlier and crippling economic 
sanctions that caused the deaths of 1.5 million Iraqis (leading to the resignation of two 
UN humanitarian coordinators who called the sanctions genocidal) ibid

One of the controversies in his career involves the distribution of intelligence to the Bush 
White House that helped lead to an "Orange Terror Alert", in late 2003. The intelligence, 
which purported to list terror targets, was highly controversial within the CIA and was later discredited. An Obama administration official does not dispute that Brennan distributed the intelligence during the Bush era but said Brennan passed it along because that was his job.

His last post within the Intelligence Community was as director of the National Counterterrorism Center in 2004 and 2005, which incorporated information on terrorist activities across U.S. agencies.

Brennan was not questioned at all about the conflict of interest or ethical issues raised by the revolving door that he benefited from when he left CIA as Deputy Executive Director in 2005 and joined a British-owned company called The Analysis Corporation(TAC) where he was named CEO. He made almost certainly some millions of dollars when the Agency and other federal agencies awarded TAC contracts to develop biometrics and set up systems to manage the government’s various watch lists before rejoining the government with a full bank account to help him along his way. 

August 13, 2015, The Washington Standard,
“Brennan was the CEO of The Analysis Corporation following a Christmas blunder which ended his CIA career as chief of staff to George Tenet, then director of the CIA. The Analysis Corporation (TAC) was the Intelligence Solutions business of Global Defense Technology & Systems, Inc. (“GTEC”), now renamed Sotera Defense Solutions, a defense contracting company.
In 2006, a northern Virginia firm, Stanley, Inc., was awarded a $164 million contract to print new U.S. passports. In 2008, an employee of The Analysis Corporation, along with two employees from Stanley, Inc. breached the US Passport Office and “improperly accessed” the passport record of Barack Hussein Obama, Hillary Rodham Clinton and John Sidney McCain, III.
The motive for the break-in was initially chalked up to a supposed “exploratory” mission. However, it is now believed that the access of the files of Clinton and McCain were a cover-up to gain the valuable information on Obama, including his personal and diplomatic passports, his real birth certificate, his passports from Indonesia, his college transcripts showing a “foreign” student visa, and other information.
All three employees were fired. However, a month later an employee of the State Department shared the passport information with a man who has been identified as Lieutenant Quarles Harris Jr. Harris had been working with federal investigators with regards to the passport information that had been accessed earlier and he had obtained via a co-conspirator in the State Department.
Harris was later found shot to death inside a blue car in front of the Judah House Praise Baptist Church.
So what does this have to do with John Brennan? Namely this: Brennan was the CEO of the company at the time of the break in, in which one of his employees accessed Barack Obama’s passport information. That information left a man murdered and the question has to be asked, who has that information?

Feb 6, 2013 - John Brennan, President Obama's nominee to be director of the CIA, ... intelligence software from The Analysis Corporation to Chinese firms.

CIA Director John Brennan emails

Today, 21 October 2015 and over the coming days WikiLeaks is releasing documents from one of CIA chief John Brennan's non-government email accounts. Brennan used the account occasionally for several intelligence related projects.
John Brennan became the Director of the Central Intelligence Agency in March 2013, replacing General David Petraeus who was forced to step down after becoming embroiled in a classified information mishandling scandal. Brennan was made Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism on the commencement of the Obama presidency in 2009--a position he held until taking up his role as CIA chief.
According to the CIA Brennan previously worked for the agency for a 25 year stretch, from 1980 to 2005.
Brennan went private in 2005-2008, founding an intelligence and analysis firm The Analysis Corp (TAC). In 2008 Brennan became a donor to Obama. The same year TAC, led by Brennan, became a security advisor to the Obama campaign and later that year to the Obama-Biden Transition Project. It is during this period many of the Obama administration's key strategic policies to China, Iran and "Af-Pak" were formulated. When Obama and Biden entered into power, Brennan was lifted up on high, resulting in his subsequent high-level national security appointments.

When Brennan went to work for a private intelligence contractor called The Analysis Corporation, he entered a murky milieu of transnational private spy firms with taxpayer-fueled profits. And he found himself working for a Ferrari-driving foreign boss who made much of his money on the dangerous streets of Iraq. 
In that world, Brennan was forced to deal with a situation he would never have faced in his earlier days at the CIA: Brennan's corporate parent was looking for lucrative contracts from Chinese state-owned companies at the same time Brennan's unit worked on sensitive US intelligence issues in Washington. 
Brennan wound up as an employee inside a multi-layered company with offices in Baghdad, where it sought sensitive security business from the Iraqi government; suburban Virginia, where it sought sensitive intelligence business from the US government: and Beijing, where it sought sensitive security business from the Chinese that involved providing physical security and gathering information about potential security threats for Chinese business interests in Iraq.

New CIA chief John Brennan accused of 'cashing in' on connections

TAC, which specialises in databases, built the US government's first terrorist watch-list, Tipoff, during the 1990s. Two years after the September 11 attacks, management of Tipoff was handed to the first incarnation of the National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC), which was headed by Mr Brennan, a veteran CIA official who served as station chief in Saudi Arabia. 

In August 2005, Mr Brennan stepped down from the NCTC. Two months later, TAC, flush with a $60 million deal with the FBI, reportedly secured a lucrative deal to improve the NCTC's terrorist watch-list. The following month, Mr Brennan joined TAC as chief executive. 
Jerry Robinson, the president of its parent company, boasted at the time that Mr Brennan's "intimate knowledge of the intelligence community" would give the company an "invaluable boost". The firm's revenues are estimated to have risen to $26 million a year by 2006 – up more than 400 per cent since 2001. 

Aki Peritz, a former CIA official and counter-terrorism analyst, said: "On one hand, these people are cashing in on relationships they've built in government over a lifetime. On the other, intelligence is all they have ever done. They've got to pay for school for their kids, and want to live in a nice house." In July 2006, Mr Brennan recruited George Tenet, a close friend and former CIA director whom he served as chief of staff, to be a senior adviser to TAC. The hire further bolstered the firm's contacts in the intelligence community. 
Mr Tenet has been sharply criticised by former colleagues for profiting from his former role after presiding over the high-profile failures of US intelligence before the September 11 attacks and the approach to the invasion of Iraq. 

In April 2007, Mr Brennan began spearheading the private security industry as INSA chairman. It was short-lived, however, as he was recruited as a campaign aide to Mr Obama, who took him into the White House as homeland security adviser after winning the 2008 election. 

Completing his circle back into government, Mr Brennan was swiftly charged by Mr Obama with investigating how the terrorist watch list system developed on his watch at NCTC, by the firm he later joined, failed to alert officials to Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, the so-called "pants bomber".

Brennan then left government service for a few years, becoming Chairman of the Intelligence and National Security Alliance (INSA) and the CEO of The Analysis Corporation (TAC).[16] He continued to lead TAC after its acquisition by Global Strategies Group in 2007 and its growth as the Global Intelligence Solutions division of Global's North American technology business GTEC, before 

January 20, 2009 
Into government service with the Obama administration as Homeland Security Advisor.
Brennan served as chief counterterrorism advisor to U.S. President Barack Obama; with the title Deputy National Security Advisor for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism, and Assistant to the President.

The National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC) is a United States government organization responsible for national and international counterterrorism efforts.[1] It is based in Liberty Crossing, a modern complex near Tysons Corner in McLean, Virginia.[2] NCTC advises the United States on terrorism.
Part of the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, the group brings together specialists from other federal agencies, including the CIA, the FBI, and the Department of Defense.[3]
In 2012, the United States Attorney General Eric Holder granted the agency the authority to collect, store, and analyze extensive data collections on U.S. citizens compiled from governmental and non-governmental sources for suspicious behavior through pattern analysis and to share the databases with foreign states. The effort has drawn controversy for its pre-crime effort, which has been likened to the Information Awareness Office and its proposed mass surveillance.[4][5][6][7]
Brennan withdrew his name from consideration for Director of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) in the first Obama administration over concerns about his support for transferring terror suspects to countries where they may be tortured while serving under President George W. Bush.[3][5] 

Instead, Brennan was appointed Deputy National Security Advisor, a position which did not require Senate confirmation.[3][5][8]

In an early December 2009 interview with the Bergen Record, Brennan remarked, "the U.S. intelligence and law enforcement communities have to bat 1.000 every day. The terrorists are trying to be successful just once".[5] At a press conference days after the failed Christmas Day bomb attack on Northwest Airlines Flight 253 by Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, Brennan said U.S. intelligence agencies did not miss any signs that could have prevented the attempt but later said he had let the President down by underestimating a small group of Yemeni terrorists and not connecting them to the attempted bomber.[1][30] 
Within two weeks after the incident, however, he produced a report highly critical of the performance of U.S. intelligence agencies, concluding that their focus on terrorist attempts aimed at U.S. soil was inadequate.
In February 2010, he claimed on Meet the Press that he was tired of Republican lawmakers using national security issues as political footballs, and making allegations where they did not know the facts.[31] Wikileaks
Brennan was present in the Situation Room in May 2011 when the United States conducted the military operation that killed Osama bin Laden. He called President Obama's decision to go forward with the mission one of the "gutsiest calls of any president in memory." In the aftermath of the operation, Brennan said that the U.S. troops in the raid had been "met with a great deal of resistance," and bin Laden had used a woman as a human shield.

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. (The Guardian, Jan 7, 2013)

Obama's top terrorism adviser goes from unconfirmable in 2008 to uncontroversial in 2013, reflecting the Obama legacy
In April 2012, Brennan was the first Obama administration official to publicly acknowledge CIA drone strikes in PakistanYemenSomaliaLibyaAfghanistan, and elsewhere. In his speech he explained the legality, morality, and effectiveness of the program.[35][36][37] The ACLU and other organizations disagreed. In 2011-2012, he also helped reorganize the process, under the aegis of the Disposition Matrix database, by which people outside of war zones were put on the list of drone targets. According to an Associated Press story, the reorganization helped "concentrate power" over the process inside the White House administration.[38][39][40]
In June 2011, Brennan claimed that US counter-terrorism operations had not resulted in "a single collateral death" in the past year because of the "precision of the capabilities that we've been able to develop."[41][42] 
Nine months later, Brennan claimed he had said "we had no information" about any civilian, noncombatant deaths during the timeframe in question.[42][43] The Bureau of Investigative Journalism disagreed with Brennan, citing their own research[44] that initially led them to believe that 45 to 56 civilians, including six children, had been killed by ten US drone strikes during the year-long period in question.[42] Additional research led the Bureau to raise their estimate to 76 deaths, including eight children and two women.[42] 
According to the Bureau, Brennan's claims "do not appear to bear scrutiny."[42] The Atlantic has been harsher in its criticism, saying that "Brennan has been willing to lie about those drone strikes to hide ugly realities."[45]

Morris Davis, a former Chief Prosecutor for the Guantanamo Military Commissions compared Brennan to Canadian Omar Khadr, who was convicted of "committing murder in violation of the law of war".[47] He suggested that Brennan's role in targeting individuals for CIA missile strikes was no more authorized than the throwing of the grenade of which Khadr was accused.
On February 27, 2013, the Senate Intelligence Committee postponed a vote, expected to be taken the next day on the confirmation of Brennan until the following week. On March 5, the Intelligence Committee approved the nomination 12–3. The Senate was set to vote on Brennan's nomination on March 6, 2013. However, Kentucky Senator Rand Paul began a talking Senate filibuster of the vote, citing President Barack Obama and his administration's use of combat drones against Americans, stating "No one politician should be allowed to judge the guilt, to charge an individual, to judge the guilt of an individual and to execute an individual. It goes against everything that we fundamentally believe in our country."[48][49] 

Rand Paul's filibuster continued for 13 hours, ending with the words: "I'm hopeful that we have drawn attention to this issue, that this issue will not fade away, and that the president will come up with a response."After the filibuster, Brennan was confirmed by a vote of 63–34.

March 8, 2013 
           Brennan was sworn into the office of CIA Director on a 63-44 vote.

On Thursday, CNN's Jake Tapper reported that the Central Intelligence Agency is now pressuring agents who were on the ground in Benghazi, Libya on the night of September 11, 2012 to keep silent and not talk to Congress or the media. In fact, according to the report, these CIA agents have also been put through numerous polygraph testing in order to ensure they aren't talking about the Benghazi attacks! They were told that if they talk their career could end and that they would jeopardize themselves and their family.

Instead, Brennan was appointed Deputy National Security Advisor, a position which did not require Senate confirmation.Wikipedia 
Seeking to retain his position as CIA director under Hillary, Brennan teamed up with British spies and Estonian spies to cripple Trump’s candidacy. He used their phony intelligence as a pretext for a multi-agency investigation into Trump, which led the FBI to probe a computer server connected to Trump Tower and gave cover to Susan Rice, among other Hillary supporters, to spy on Trump and his people.
John Brennan’s CIA operated like a branch office of the Hillary campaign, leaking out mentions of this bogus investigation to the press in the hopes of inflicting maximum political damage on Trump. An official in the intelligence community tells TAS that Brennan’s retinue of political radicals didn’t even bother to hide their activism, decorating offices with “Hillary for president cups” and other campaign paraphernalia. (American Spectator, April 2017)
The Guardian says that British spy head Robert Hannigan “passed material in summer 2016 to the CIA chief, John Brennan.” To ensure that these flaky tips leaked out, Brennan disseminated them on Capitol Hill. In August and September of 2016, he gave briefings to the “Gang of Eight” about them, which then turned up on the front page of the New York Times.
All of this took place at the very moment Brennan was auditioning for Hillary. He desperately wanted to keep his job and despised Trump for his alleged “Muslim ban,” a matter near and dear to Brennan’s heart. Not only was he an apologist for the Muslim Brotherhood, but Brennan’s Islamophilia dated to his days in college, when he spent a year in Cairo learning Arabic and taking courses in Middle Eastern studies. He later got a graduate degree with an emphasis in Middle Eastern studies. In 1996, his ties to the Islamic world tightened after he became the CIA’s station chief in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. He once recalled that “during a 25-year career in government, I was privileged to serve in positions across the Middle East — as a political officer with the State Department and as a CIA station chief in Saudi Arabia. In Saudi Arabia, I saw how our Saudi partners fulfilled their duty as custodians of the two holy mosques of Mecca and Medina. I marveled at the majesty of the Hajj and the devotion of those who fulfilled their duty as Muslims by making that privilege — that pilgrimage.”
Out of this Islamophilia came a special dislike of Michael Flynn, who had planned to rip up the Obama-era “reset” with Muslim countries. Furious with Flynn for his apostasy from political correctness, Brennan and other Obama aides couldn’t resist the temptation to take him out after rifling through transcripts of his calls with the Russian ambassador. They caught him in a lie to Mike Pence and made sure the press knew about it. (
The Muslim population of Iraq is approximately Shia 65% and Sunni 35%. Iraqi Kurds are mostly Sunni, with about 2% being Shi'a Faili Kurds.

Religion in Iran. Sunni and Shi'i are the two largest branches of Islam, with the overwhelming majority of Iranians practicing Shi'i Islam. About 90 percent of Iranians practice Shi'ism, the official religion of Iran. By contrast, most Arab states in the Middle East are predominantly Sunni.

The official form of Islam is Sunni of the Hanbali school, in its Salafi version. According to official statistics, 85–95% of Saudi Arabian citizens are Sunni Muslims, 10–15% are Shia. (More than 30%
of the population is made up of foreign workers who are predominantly but not entirely Muslim.

“There’s an alignment of some interests between ourselves and Iran, clearly, in terms of what Isil [Isis] has done there,” Brennan told moderator Charlie Rose.

“We work closely with the Iraqi government. The Iranians work closely with the Iraqi government as well. And so, some of these efforts, I think, through the Iraqi interlocutors, are ones that, again, are trying to advance our common objectives against Isil.”

Senior US officials typically dismiss the subject outright. “We do not coordinate with the Iranians,” general Lloyd Austin, the commander of US forces in the Middle East, told a House of Representatives panel last week.

Brennan’s New York speech represented an attempt by the director to move past the twin scandals that have defined his two-year tenure at the head of the CIA: the agency’s torture record and its spying on its legislative overseers in Congress.
Brennan certainly knew how to feather his nest and reward his friends, but the area that is still murky relates to what exactly he was up to in 2016 when he was CIA Director and also quite possibly working hard to help Hillary get elected. He was still at it well after Trump got elected and assumed office. In May 2017, his testimony before Congress was headlined in a Washington Post front page featured article as Brennan’s explosive testimony just made it harder for the GOP to protect Trump. The article stated that Brennan during the 2016 campaign “reviewed intelligence that showed ‘contacts and interaction’ between Russian actors and people associated with the Trump campaign.” Politico was also in on the chase in an article entitled Brennan: Russia may have successfully recruited Trump campaign aides.

The precise money quote by Brennan that the two articles chiefly rely on is “I encountered and am aware of information and intelligence that revealed contacts and interactions between Russian officials and US persons involved in the Trump campaign that I was concerned about because of known Russian efforts to suborn such individuals. It raised questions in my mind whether or not Russia was able to gain the co-operation of those individuals.”

The testimony inevitably raises some questions about just what Brennan was actually up to. First of all, the CIA is not supposed to keep tabs on American citizens and tracking the activities of known associates of a presidential candidate should have sent warning bells off, yet Brennan clearly persisted in following the trail. What Brennan did not describe, because it was “classified,” was how he came upon the information in the first place. We know from Politico and other sources that it came from foreign intelligence services, including the British, Dutch and Estonians, and there has to be a strong suspicion that the forwarding of at least some of that information might have been sought or possibly inspired by Brennan unofficially in the first place. But whatever the provenance of the intelligence, it is clear that Brennan then used that information to request an FBI investigation into a possible Russian operation directed against potential key advisers if Trump were to somehow get nominated and elected, which admittedly was a longshot at the time. That is how Russiagate began.

So, Mr. Brennan, for all his bluster and scarcely concealed anger, has a lot of baggage, to include his possible role in coordinating with other elements in the national security agencies as well as with overseas parties to get their candidate Hillary Clinton elected. Brennan should be thoroughly investigated by Special Counsel Robert Mueller, to include subpoenaing all records at CIA relating to the Trump inquiries before requiring testimony under oath of Brennan himself with possible legal consequences if he is caught lying.

Peter Strzok Was Selected By John Brennan To Help Author The ICA, Based Partly On The Steele Dossier  JOHN SEXTON May 15, 2018
Real Clear Investigations has a story up today which sheds some light on Former CIA Director John Brennan and the January 2017 Intelligence Community Assessment (ICA) which he helped produce. Specifically, it reveals that Brennan’s claims that the dossier was not used in the creation of the ICA appear to be false. Also, Brennan hand-selected the authors of the assessment including anti-Trump partisan Peter Strzok. In case you’ve forgotten some of the details, the January 2017 ICA reached this conclusion about the goals of Russian interference in the 2016 election
We assess Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered an influence campaign in 2016 aimed at the US presidential election. Russia’s goals were to undermine public faith in the US democratic process, denigrate Secretary Clinton, and harm her electability and potential presidency. We further assess Putin and the Russian Government developed a clear preference for President-elect Trump….

The story goes on to point out that when it came to the writing of the ICA, DNI James Clapper “limited input to a couple dozen chosen analysts from just three agencies — the CIA, NSA and FBI.” Why would he do that instead of letting all 17 intel agencies weigh in on it? Fred Fleitz a former CIA analyst who worked for the agency for 19 years believes Clapper wanted to skew the results:
Fleitz suggests that the Obama administration limited the number of players involved in the analysis to skew the results. He believes the process was “manipulated” to reach a “predetermined political conclusion” that the incoming Republican president was compromised by the Russians.
“I’ve never viewed the ICA as credible,” the CIA veteran added.

Brennan serves as a senior national security and intelligence analyst for NBC News and MSNBC, with his inaugural appearance being on Meet the Press with Chuck Todd on Sunday, February 4, 2018. Wikipedia 

 C.I.A. chief John Brennan gets liberal plaudits for tweeting at Trump, “you will take your rightful place as a disgraced demagogue in the dustbin of history”

His role in hacking into Senate computers to steal materials relating to C.I.A. torture programs (and then lying about it) now quite forgiven.

A few of Brennan's Lies:

1) In 2011, Brennan, then the country’s chief counterterrorism adviser, had sworn to Congress that scores of drones strikes abroad had not killed a single noncombatant — at a time when both the president and the CIA were both receiving numerous reports of civilian collateral deaths.

2) In 2014, John Brennan, now as CIA director, lied emphatically that the CIA had not illegally accessed the computers of U.S. Senate staffers who were then exploring a CIA role in torturing detainees. Or as he told Andrea Mitchell: “As far as the allegations of the CIA hacking into Senate computers, nothing could be further from the truth. . . . We wouldn’t do that. I mean, that’s just beyond the, you know, the scope of reason in terms of what we do.” Brennan’s chronic deceptions drew the ire of a number of liberal senators, some of whom echoed the Washington Post’s call for his immediate resignation. After months of prevarications, but only upon release of the CIA inspector general’s report, Brennan apologized to the senators he had deceived.
3) Brennan, in May 2017, as an ex-CIA director, again almost certainly did not tell the truth to Congress when he testified in answer to Representative Trey Gowdy’s questions that he neither knew who had commissioned the Steele dossier nor had the CIA relied on its contents for any action. Yet both the retired National Security Agency director, Michael Rogers, and the former director of National Intelligence, James Clapper, have conceded that the Steele dossier — along with the knowledge that it was a Clinton-campaign-funded product — most certainly did help shape the Obama’s intelligence communality interagency assessments and actions, often under the urging of Brennan himself. There are also numerous reports that, despite his denials about knowledge of the dossier, Brennan served as a stealthy conduit to ensure that it was disseminated widely, at least in the sense of meeting in August 2016 with Senator Harry Reid to brief the senator about its unverified contents in hopes that he would pressure the FBI to further its investigations, which Reid did in a call two days later to James Comey.