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Understanding the CIA Exploitation of the Paris Attacks

images-3They were still cleaning up the wreckage from the weekends tragic Paris ISIS attacks when the US propaganda machine shifted into high gear. It was John Brennan, Director of the C.I.A. that took the lead in shifting the blame for this failure from those agencys that we have sacrificed 10’s of billions of dollars and our constitutional rights to in the name of security and safety…to Edward Snowden. Yes, Edward Snowden is the the real cause of this intelligence failure according to Brennan.


Journalist Glenn Greenwald, co founder and editor of The Intercept and one of the journalists that first help break the Snowden revelations, lays out all the lies and misinformation around this subject in this incredibly informative article published at The Intercept. This is a must read on really understanding the truth behind these out right lies being parroted out through most of the main stream media. We all know that the powers that be will not let any good tragedy go to waste. We must be just as diligent to refute these lies and help spread the truth behind propaganda.

Click here for the original article.

NYT Editorial Slams “Disgraceful” CIA Exploitation of Paris Attacks, But Submissive Media Role Is Key

A truly superb New York Times editorial this morning mercilessly shames the despicable effort by U.S. government officials to shamelessly exploit the Paris attacks to advance long-standing agendas. Focused on the public campaign of the CIA to manipulate post-Paris public emotions to demonize transparency and privacy and to demand still-greater surveillance powers for themselves, the NYT editors begin:
It’s a wretched yet predictable ritual after each new terrorist attack: Certain politicians and government officials waste no time exploiting the tragedy for their own ends. The remarks on Monday by John Brennan, the director of the Central Intelligence Agency, took that to a new and disgraceful low.
The editorial, which you should really read in its entirety, destroys most of the false, exploitative, blame-shifting claims uttered by U.S. officials about these issues. Because intelligence agencies knew of the attackers and received warnings, the NYT editors explain that “the problem in [stopping the Paris attacks] was not a lack of data, but a failure to act on information authorities already had.” They point out that the NSA’s mass surveillance powers to be mildly curbed by post-Snowden reforms are ineffective and, in any event, have not yet stopped. And most importantly, they document that the leader of this lowly campaign, CIA chief John Brennan, has been proven to be an inveterate liar:
It is hard to believe anything Mr. Brennan says. Last year, he bluntly denied that the CIA had illegally hacked into the computers of Senate staff members conducting an investigation into the agency’s detention and torture programs when, in fact, it did. In 2011, when he was President Obama’s top counterterrorism adviser, he claimed that American drone strikes had not killed any civilians, despite clear evidence that they had. And his boss, James Clapper Jr., the director of national intelligence, has admitted lying to the Senate on the NSA’s bulk collection of data. Even putting this lack of credibility aside, it’s not clear what extra powers Mr. Brennan is seeking.
Indeed, what more powers could agencies like the CIA, NSA, MI6 and GCHQ get? They’ve been given everything they’ve demanded for years, no questions asked. They have virtually no limits. Of course it’s “not clear what extra powers Mr. Brennan is seeking.” It’s like trying to buy a Christmas gift for Paris Hilton: what do you give to an omnipotent, terrorism-exploiting agency that already has everything it could ever dream of having?
Space constraints likely required the NYT editors to leave several specific CIA lines of deceit unmentioned. To begin with, there’s literally zero evidence that the Paris attackers used encryption. There are reasons to believe they may not have (siblings and people who live near each other have things called “face-to-face communications”).
Even if they had used encryption (which, just by the way, the U.S. government funds and the GOP protected in the 1990s), that would not mean we should abolish it or give the U.S. government full backdoor access to it — any more than face-to-face plotting means we should allow the government to put monitors in everyone’s homes to prevent this type of “going dark.” Silicon Valley has repeatedly said there’s no way to build the U.S. government a “backdoor” that couldn’t also be used by any other state or stateless organization to invade. And that’s to say nothing of all the lies and false claims that I documented several days ago embedded in the Snowden-is-to-blame-for-Paris trash — a low-life propaganda campaign that is not principally about Snowden but really about scaring Silicon Valley out of offering encryption lest they be viewed as ISIS-helpers.
But there’s one vital question the NYT editors do not address: Why do the CIA and other U.S. government factions believe — accurately — that they can get away with such blatant misleading and lying? The answer is clear: because, particularly after a terror attack, large parts of the U.S. media treat U.S. intelligence and military officials with the reverence usually reserved for cult leaders, whereby their every utterance is treated as Gospel, no dissent or contradiction is aired, zero evidence is required to mindlessly swallow their decrees, anonymity is often provided to shield them from accountability, and every official assertion is equated with Truth, no matter how dubious, speculative, evidence-free, or self-serving.
Like many people, I’ve spent years writing about the damage done by how subservient and reverent many U.S. media outlets are toward the government officials they pretend to scrutinize. But not since 2003 have I witnessed anything as supine and uncritical as the CIA-worshipping stenography that has been puked forward this week. Even before the Paris attacks were concluded, a huge portion of the press corps knelt in front of the nearest official with medals on their chest or who flashes covert status, and they’ve stayed in that pitiful position ever since.
The leading cable news networks, when they haven’t been spewing outright bigotry and fearmongering, have hosted one general and CIA official after the next to say whatever they want without the slightest challenge. Print journalists, without the excuse of the pressures of live TV, have been even worse: Article after article after article does literally nothing other than uncritically print the extremely dubious claims of military and intelligence officials without including any questioning, contradiction, dissenters, or evidence that negates those claims.

None of the facts the NYT pointed to this morning to show Brennan is lying and misleading are esoteric or obscure. They’re all right out in the public domain. Countless other people have raised them. But so many journalists steadfastly exclude all of that from their “reporting.” Especially after a terror attack, the already sky-high journalistic worship of security officials skyrockets. Many journalists are in pure servant-stenography mode, not reporting and definitely not questioning claims that emanate from the sacred mouths of these Pentagon and CIA priests. Just look at the reports I cited to see how extreme this obsequious behavior is. What can excuse “reporting” like this?
This, of course, is how propaganda is cemented: not by government officials making dubious, self-serving claims (they’ll always be motivated to do that), but by people who play the role of “journalist” on TV and in print acting as their spokespeople, literally suppressing all the reasons why the officials’ claims are so questionable if not outright false.
Kudos to the NYT editors for pulling no punches this morning in making all this deceit manifest. But the real culprits aren’t the government officials spewing this manipulative tripe but the journalists who not only let them get away with it but, so much worse, eagerly help.


Stewart Rhodes

Stewart is the founder and National President of Oath Keepers. He served as a U.S. Army paratrooper until disabled in a rough terrain parachuting accident during a night jump. He is a former firearms instructor, former member of Rep. Ron Paul’s DC staff, and served as a volunteer firefighter in Montana. Stewart previously wrote the monthly Enemy at the Gates column for S.W.A.T. Magazine. Stewart graduated from Yale Law School in 2004, where his paper “Solving the Puzzle of Enemy Combatant Status” won Yale’s Miller prize for best paper on the Bill of Rights. He assisted teaching U.S. military history at Yale, was a Yale Research Scholar, and is writing a book on the dangers of applying the laws of war to the American people.



  1. Once again, lets call Brennan exactly what he is (besides a liar, which seems to cover most, if not all, of “our” representatives in the general government) a Traitor to the American people, to the US Constitution and to the USA.

    Snowden related CRIMES committed against the American people by those who serve within our governments. They were NOT delegated the authority to do such things that they are doing, have been doing, and are going to continue to do until stopped by the people. Many of the crimes they do today are actually FORBIDDEN to them such as spyong on the people, warrantless everything as all this is put into writing and all levels of government required to swear and KEEP an Oath to these condtions of their employment.

    Amendment 4: “The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.”

    It is clear for any who can still read to understand exactly what can be done here, what cannot be done here, and what can ONLY be done in a specific manner under certain circumstances – and “third party” information or “need to know” is NOT listed here. Nor is any spying allowed on the American people allowed under ANY circumstances (as spying is searching for evidence not based on any factual information that a crime was being committed, or even mght be committed. It is just to gather information to control the peole better and to FASTER destroy our nation, the US Constitution, and the American people), etc. This FORBIDS those who serve within our governments from doing these things EVER and for any reason.

    It is in writing, all took an Oath to support and defend it or are not lawful anyway in what they do whatever titile they hold, whatever suit or uniform they wear, whatever faction (party) they belong to they all have the US Constitutionin common as the supreme LAW OF THIS LAND and that they are REQUIRED to follow to lawfully remain in the position they occupy.

    We have allowed this to go on. Yes, so did our ancestors, but everytime we found out another crime they are committed/ing we did not/do not hold their feet to the fire. We do not use our laws, and we can throw out “our” judges – be they state of general – for not using “Good Behaviour”. We have allowed LIES to us about what our representatives do and are going to do – and when it is all boiled down, they are ALL our representatives – and that is something we do not allow our children to do, so why would we let those that affect the world we and our chilren live in, and that our grandchildren (God willing) will also get to live in, get by with that?

    Clinton was being impeached for LYING. All the rest can be thrown out for the same crime.

    We have ignored Treason (except a few of us who cry out the word as a warning and point to the crimes committed) and yet, NOT ONE PERSON who is in the “legal” field except for Orly Taitz fights the battle in the courts. Those who know more then her, as she became a lawyer when she could not find one who would do the duty, put her down, ignore her, and do NOT assist her in those efforts. She is OJT (on job training) over the years, but she has NEVER given up. The others who are within the legal field do nothing.

    Then there are those like Brennan who take it much further then Treason, using Terrorism, lies, etc added to his Treasonous activities against the American people.

    Crimes for which not one of those Treasonous scum have been charged. They are the cause and creation of “ISIS”, and all other Terrorist acts. The CIA is a criminal organization working against the American people, and other parts of the world at the behest of those who are trying to do the same old song and dance of “ruling the world” under a new name. Still using violence, lies, deceitful practices, drug running, weapons running, murder, *Terrorism, etc against Americans, the US Constitution and the USA.

    I agree 100% with Dr. Vieira here when he basically says we do NOT actually have a government in place.

    Dr. Edwin Vieira: “This has nothing to do with personalities or subjective ideas. It’s a matter of what the Constitution provides…

    The government of the United States has never violated anyone’s constitutional rights…
    The government of the United States will never violate anyone constitutional rights, because it cannot violate anyone’s constitutional rights. The reason for that is: The government of the United States is that set of actions by public officials that are consistent with the Constitution. Outside of its constitutional powers, the government of the United States has no legitimacy. It has no authority; and, it really even has no existence. It is what lawyers call a legal fiction.” (end quote)

    What we the people need to do is start replacing every position within the governments making it clear to other nations that those who are being replaced do NOT represent the USA and the American people and are being replaced, and then arrested, prosecuted for their crimes.

    We can change the money, we can LAWFULLY do anything we need to do to get America and Americans back under the US Constitution.

    Henry Clay (1777-1852) U. S. Senator, Speaker of the House of Representatives: “An oppressed people are authorized whenever they can to rise and break their fetters.”

    John C. Calhoun: ““The very essence of a free government consists in considering offices as public trusts, bestowed for the good of the country, and not for the benefit of an individual or a party.”

    What are they doing for the good of OUR country? They are working to DESTROY it. Brennan is one who should be on the Wall of Shame (my words here ->) and Traitors.

  2. “Nor is any spying allowed on the American people allowed under ANY circumstances (as spying is searching for evidence not based on any factual information that a crime was being committed, or even mght be committed.”

    How do you suggest that the Government serve the people then? Indeed serving the people in context is to serve the people, this includes protecting the people as well. Instead of offering criticism, offer a solution that abides by what is laid out in the Constitution.

    I would also like to address the topic of spying, as the intelligence community doesn’t have the budget to fit your narrative and usage of spying. In your context you offer a perspective that they personally monitor you 24/7 such as what we did to the Russians in the Cold War. The fact that you actually believe that the intelligence community has the budget or the man power to monitor every phone call that every American makes is simply ignorant. Under the original Patriot Act, “H.R.3162 – Uniting and Strengthening America by Providing Appropriate Tools Required to Intercept and Obstruct Terrorism (USA PATRIOT ACT) Act of 2001
    107th Congress (2001-2002)”, under the applications used by the Patriot Act, they operate by collecting “meta data” (transactions, phone calls, etc.) that is analyzed automatically through computer systems. During this time the individual identity of whom those records pertain to are not exposed. It is only when you communicate with a known phone number, IP address, net range, etc. that is used by or associated with a known terrorist or terrorist organization that the identity of the individual whose records these pertain to are exposed. This type of data is then flagged and undergoes a further investigation that then reveals the individuals identity to an appropriate investigator.

    Now let me ask you aa few questions.

    How would you prevent terrorist attacks, whilst mapping out terror networks without a program such as this?

    How would you obtain actionable intelligence that would approve a warrant to gain actionable intelligence? Seems like we’re chasing our tail here. We need actionable intelligence to start collecting actionable intelligence. According to you it would be illegal to have this actionable intelligence.

    How many judges would be busy approving warrants 24/7 if you did have a method of obtaining this actionable intelligence legally by following what is laid forth in the Constitution?

    How would you then minimize the increasing budget because of this inefficient method? “Oh by the way, that guy you were getting a warrant to monitor just blew himself up before you could type your report.” Explain that to the People you were swarm to serve. “We just got the dental record back for that one guy who blew himself up last month at Time Square. It matches the guy you requested a warrant for last week.”

    I think you see where I’m going with this. Basic logic without the introduction of bias conspiracy theories that impact your logical thought process. Combatting terrorism is impossible under the guise of the Constitution.

    The Snowden leaks destroyed our intelligence operations around the globe. Allied Governments lashed out at us for monitoring individuals in their country. Given this simple fact, how do you not attribute the intelligence failures to Snowden himself?

    “Edward Joseph Snowden (born June 21, 1983) is an American privacy activist, computer professional, former CIA employee, and former government contractor who leaked classified information from the United States National Security Agency (NSA) in 2013. The information revealed numerous global surveillance programs, many run by the NSA and the Five Eyes with the cooperation of telecommunication companies and European governments.”

    If you truly feel that your individual rights are being violated by our Government, then exercise common law jurisdiction in the courts to stop their collecting of information on you.

    At the close of the Constitutional Convention Franklin was asked, “what kind of government have you wrought for us?” He replied, “a Republican form of government if you can keep it.”
    Listening nearby George Washington said, “and in order to keep it every man must know the law.”

    Though, I’m sure you’re all for monitoring the refugees.

    1. The central government only has the powers provided in the constitution. I do not know of an amendment the empowers a CIA, period. Nor, a lot of the other alphabet agencies that have cropped up from nowhere, that have regulatory powers over you and me. They come up with rules based on common people it will effect, and at times, it works. But rarely debated openly, only those invited parties get to present any input. So, you have a runaway government putting all of us under regulations made up not by our elected representatives, but the agencies themselves.

      If you don’t think bad guys can be spotted and picked out, you fool yourself. It does not take a multi billion dollar spy network. This will be the total undoing of our entire nation, eventually. The terrorists win. They have instilled fear upon our nation that already had laws to deal with these type actions. But we had to pass a “Patriot Act” that sounds so good, but looks so bad once you peel back the layers. Not to mention the NDAA budgets that have been passed in recent years.

      Wake up and smell the coffee, and quit drinking the kool aide.

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