Comment by Jim Campbell
March 29th, 2020
Who other than Obama would have hired Muslim convert John Brennan to head up the CIA when the U.S. and it’s allies were at war with the jihadists in sand land?
Travelin’ Man The Big Story, And Another Strange Place Spygate Master John Brennan Showed Up In At A Weird Time.
Though at least one U.S. Senator, Mark Udall of Colorado, had publicly called for the resignation of CIA chief John Brennan after his admission became public on Thursday that the agency spied on the Intelligence Committee’s investigate panel looking at torture during the Bush years, more aggressive critics are saying that Obama should take the matter into his own hands by firing the man he appointed to the position.
Though he denied the charges heatedly and repeatedly when they first surfaced earlier this year, Brennan admitted this week that agency employees had, in fact, spied on the panel by “improperly accessing” computers used to catalog their investigation. In his statement that followed the revelations, Sen. Udall declared, “I have no choice but to call for the resignation of CIA Director John Brennan.”
“The CIA unconstitutionally spied on Congress by hacking into Senate Intelligence Committee computers.
This grave misconduct not only is illegal, but it violates the U.S. Constitution’s requirement of separation of powers.
These offenses, along with other errors in judgment by some at the CIA, demonstrate a tremendous failure of leadership, and there must be consequences.”
Mar 28, 2020
Sooner or later, life seems to imitate all that art has afforded over the centuries of human endeavor.
In the movie Wag the Dog, Barry Levinson’s 1997 film about faking the news for political profit, politicos Robert De Niro and Anne Heche work with Dustin Hoffman, as a Hollywood producer, to “produce” a “war” that will distract the media and get an unpresentable president through the last 11 days before his reelection bid. Brennan Spygate.
In the course of the movie, Willie Nelson is called in to come up with musical themes for the production.
His problem? The war is set in Albania.
Albania, he complains, is hard to rhyme with, at least sticky-meme-ish-lyrics-wise.
Fortunately, the focus of the production goes a slightly different direction.
Instead of rhyming Albania, Nelson’s character can write a fake “1930s folk song” about a “good old shoe.”
(Which commemorates the boots worn by a fake combat hero – Woody Harrelson – being heralded for his fake part in the phony war.)
The war planners in Wag the Dog resort to Albania as their venue because Americans tend not to know from Albania.
In 1997, there were probably more Americans than there are today who knew that the Belushi brothers, Jim and the late John, were of Albanian descent.
Other than that, even coming off half a decade of war in the Balkans, Albania had managed to stay mostly off the front pages in the American news.
But Albania is where then-CIA Director John Brennan was, holding talks, we are told, with Albanian officials, at the peculiar time of 4-7 December 2016.
Those who have followed Spygate closely will have a pretty good idea of what to do with this information. We’ll consider some suggestions here – and we’ll be going lightly over the more obvious ground because there’s a profound lesson to be absorbed from the context.
Brennan confers with Albanian President Bujar Nishani in December 2016. Govt of Albania image
The globe-trotting Brennan’s timeline
The Albania visit makes a fascinating bookend to Brennan’s travel history in the Spygate period. The first eye-catching Brennan venture was his quiet, virtually unreported visit to Jackson Hole, Wyoming, 1-3 August of 2015.
This was the visit with Brennan, Bill Clinton, an Air Force aircraft at Brennan’s disposal for three days on a tarmac out in the sticks and a billionaire physician’s medical technology conference that both men were participating in, for some reason.