Week in Review: Dr. Drone Heads the CIA, Hollywood “Nominates” the CIA

Marjorie Cohn, January 11, 2013

 

Granting impunity to the torturers combined with propaganda films like Zero Dark Thirty, which may well win multiple Oscars, dilutes any meaningful public opposition to our government’s cruel interrogation techniques.

 

 

I was shaking as I walked out of Zero Dark Thirty, the new film about the CIA’s 10-year search for Osama bin Laden. Shaking and queasy. Wanting to hear from others in the audience, I asked people questions as they…

 

ciaNew Questions over CIA Nominee Brennan’s Denial of Civilian Drone DeathsChris Woods, January 10, 2013

Claims by the Central Intelligence Agency’s new director-designate that the US intelligence services received ‘no information’ about any civilians killed by US drones in the year prior to June 2011 do not appear to bear scrutiny.John Brennan, President Obama’s nominee…

 

ciaNew Boss at the CIA: Brennan’s “Legal Framework” for Drone KillingsJames Gundun, January 09, 2013

As the majority of Washington’s political and media establishments concentrate their firepower on Senator Chuck Hagel’s nomination for U.S. Defense Secretary, John Brennan is doing what he does best and slipping through the shadows. Rumored since President Barack Obama secured…

 

 

Pres. Obama just made a hideous appointment. He replaced the disgraced David Petraeus at the CIA with John Brennan, Dr. Drone. This is a hideous appointment. Brennan, as Obama’s counterterrorism czar, has overseen the massive proliferation of our drone warfare.…

 

 

John Glaser notes: Michael Boyle, who was on Obama’s counter-terrorism advisory group in the run-up to the 2008 election, writes  in a study for the Chatham House journal International Affairs that Obama abandoned his pledge to restore respect for the…

 

spacewarHagel and Brennan Nominations: The Empire’s Agenda is Covert Warfare, Targeted Assassinations and “Counterterrorism”, Stephen Lendman, January 09, 2013

Senate confirmation on both is required. Expect little opposition to Brennan. More on him below. Republicans will challenge Hagel. At issue is political opportunism more than who serves. Questions about Obama’s nominee are exaggerated. More on that below. Rarely ever…

 

 

President Barack Obama on Monday named his counterterrorism chief, John Brennan, to head the Central Intelligence Agency in his second term. In choosing Brennan to lead the spy agency, Obama gave a clear signal that he intends to expand the…

 

 

The CIA Is Taking Over the Dirty Work in Fighting America’s Wars Obama has nominated a veteran – not a chickenhawk – to serve as Secretary of Defense.  The Washington Post reports that Chuck Hagel: … was deputy director of…

 

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