Congress Won’t Act to Rein in Rogue CIA
• Sources reveal CIA higher-ups, rogue agents will not be prosecuted for torture, assassinations, domestic spying.
As the 113th Congress drew to a close, it became evident that Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) officials would not be punished for engaging in torture let alone for spying on the Senate Intelligence Committee. Sources told AMERICAN FREE PRESS that one particularly brazen secret search of computers in the Senate committee was even carried out with CIA Director John Brennan’s support.
Senator Jay Rockefeller (R-W.Va.) stressed that the Obama White House must hold Brennan “accountable” if Brennan actually authorized the computer search.
In a statement, the descendant of the Rockefeller family’s Standard Oil fortune said, “That there would be no repercussions for any of this is beyond the pale.”
This collision with the CIA involves the committee’s recently released report on a massive CIA torture program. Notably, however, the orthodox press often spouts euphemisms like “interrogation program,” when, in fact, the CIA engaged in brutal practices that had been outlawed under President Ronald Reagan.
As the never-ending “war on terror” got traction, secret CIA torture compounds were set up in various countries. Terrorism suspects, especially during the George W. Bush regime, were often kidnapped and whisked away to one of these compounds, where even those detained on the flimsiest of charges were reportedly tortured.
In the end, the CIA conceded that 25% of the people who were tortured were innocent, but those only include the individuals we know about. There could be many more who were tortured and killed in secret.
While committee chair Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) has accused the spy agency of illegally accessing her committee’s computers, CIA officials were afraid that Senate staffers might have had access to an internal report called “The Panetta Review.” The report, named after former Obama CIA Director Leon Panetta, was not meant to be read outside the spy agency.
The Washington newspaper The Hill reported: “Brennan was initially defiant after the accusations but later apologized after the CIA’s inspector general found that the agency acted inappropriately.”
Because such an extreme lack of accountability would not be acceptable at any other department or agency, Rockefeller remarked: “[I]t should not be acceptable at the CIA.”
Rockefeller—himself a former Intelligence Committee chairman—added that Brennan would not answer even the most basic questions.
It’s worth noting that Rockefeller does not take into account that his own family over the years has undermined and reworked the medical system, the economy and the education system along globalist lines, even while showing—via the family’s key role in creating the Council on Foreign Relations—that it wants an American interventionist foreign policy. A spy state is a natural outgrowth of policing the world—and vice versa.
Rockefeller, nevertheless, may be rightly concerned about CIA stonewalling, but most legislators and major media neglect the fact that it’s the very nature of spy agencies to always cover their tracks and protect their own.
Whether it’s Britain’s MI-5 or MI-6, Israel’s Mossad or any other spy agency, they’re not going to even think about transparency and accountability. That’s because, more than any other type of agency, spy agencies will always invoke “national security” to obscure and excuse their actions.
Looking at the big picture, the essential thing to consider here is that the United States government has created scores of agencies that, many argue, long ago outlived their defined functions.
For example, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, or BATFE, is a Prohibition-era relic, as its name clearly shows. Congress and the BATFE seemed to have missed the news that alcohol prohibition was ended generations ago. Yet the BATFE lives on.
That’s rather unsettling, since the BATFE, on President Barack Hussein Obama’s watch, was accused with considerable evidence of conducting Operation Fast and Furious. That deadly gambit involved the illicit purchase and transfer of high-powered firearms from the U.S. to Mexican drug cartels. If there ever was a solid reason to end an already obsolete federal agency, Fast and Furious was it.
The CIA—the former Office of Strategic Services—was created in 1947 mainly to assess and oppose the communist menace. But the Cold War, by all reasonable accounts, ended. So the key question, beyond the CIA peering into Senate files, is whether to maintain the spy agency at all.
The agency’s sins are legion. It runs secret, unconstitutional wars in which often-innocent villagers in distant lands are killed by armed U.S. drones. It engages in drug running to enrich its coffers even when those drugs pollute the minds of American youth.
U.S. taxpayers already pay for the National Security Agency and the Defense Intelligence Agency. So, the real issue is whether Congress will ever find the courage to actually dissolve obsolete bureaucracies from the CIA on down.
That’s the fundamental thing the American people should convey to their representatives and senators as a new Congress is seated. To communicate that outlook, call your senators and representative via the congressional switchboard at 202-224-3121 or 225-3121.