CIA Director: Paris Attacks Result of Too Little Gov’t Surveillance
Well, golly gee, who would have expected this? (sarcasm) As you might have expected, the Powers-That-Be, are absolving themselves of responsibility, because they don’t have enough surveillance power. CIA Director Brennan is now leading the charge for more surveillance of citizens. Never let a crisis go to waste, right John? Don’t suggest the people should arm themselves. Rather, suggest the people should submit to more control. It’s getting so predictable. – Shorty Dawkins, Associate Editor
by C. Mitchell Shaw
After the deadly attacks in Paris last week in which nearly 500 people were either killed or injured by ISIS terrorists, CIA director John Brennan (shown being sworn in) wasted no time in using the horrific attack as a pretense for criticizing what little reform has already taken place in the area of government surveillance. Claiming that the lack of intelligence about ISIS activities and plans was due to too little surveillance, the director followed the status quo of never letting a good crisis go to waste.
As the New York Times reported:
On Monday, in unusually raw language, John Brennan, the C.I.A. director, denounced what he called “hand-wringing” over intrusive government spying and said leaks about intelligence programs had made it harder to identify the “murderous sociopaths” of the Islamic State.
Mr. Brennan appeared to be speaking mainly of the disclosures since 2013 of the National Security Agency’s mass surveillance of phone and Internet communications by Edward J. Snowden, which prompted sharp criticism, lawsuits and new restrictions on electronic spying in the United States and in Europe.
So, instead of facing up to the fact that the United States is at least partially responsible for creating the environment in which ISIS was spawned and blaming French gun laws (read: disarmament) for creating a “target rich environment” for the terrorists, Brennan instead chose to blame it all on the favorite whipping-boy of statists, Ed Snowden. At least he is carrying on the CIA tradition. As The New American reported previously, Brennan’s predecessor, James Woolsey, said in 2013 that Snowden should be “hanged by his neck until he is dead.” Given the choice between accepting responsibility and blaming Snowden, blaming Snowden wins hands down.