January 25, 2017
I recently wrote a piece highlighting the greatest hits of the CIA’s 70-year history: its dirty tricks, major crimes, and deceptions.
But because the CIA’s claim that Russia hacked the US election and gave it to Trump is still fresh, I thought I’d add another beautiful moment of CIA glory.
January 2014. This one involved the CIA hacking computers belonging to the US Senate Intelligence Committee.
Vice.com and Jason Leopold had the story (8/12/15). Follow the bouncing ball:
“On July 28, 2014, the CIA director wrote a letter to senators Dianne Feinstein and Saxby Chambliss — the chairwoman of the Senate Intelligence Committee (SSCI) and the panel’s ranking Republican, respectively. In it, he admitted that the CIA’s penetration of the computer network used by committee staffers reviewing the agency’s torture program — a breach for which Feinstein and Chambliss had long demanded accountability — was improper and violated agreements the Intelligence Committee had made with the CIA.”
“The letter was notable in part because Brennan initially denied the January 2014 [CIA] search [hack] of the Senate’s computer network even took place. And later, when it became clear that it had — and that he had known of it while publicly denying that it happened — he refused to acknowledge that it was wrong. For months, Feinstein and other committee members were clamoring for a written apology to make part of the official record.”
“Brennan’s [eventual] mea culpa was prompted by a memo he’d received 10 days earlier from CIA Inspector General David Buckley. After the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) was tasked with looking into the intrusion, it found that the CIA employees who broke into the Senate’s computer network in hopes of tracking down CIA documents the Senate wasn’t allowed to see (according to the agency) may have broken federal laws.”
“’I recently received a briefing on the [OIG’s] findings, and want to inform you that the investigation found support for your concern that CIA staff had improperly accessed the [Intelligence Committee] shared drive on the RDINet [an acronym for rendition, detention, and interrogation] when conducting a limited search for CIA privileged documents,’ [CIA Director] Brennan wrote. ‘In particular, the [OIG] judged that Agency officers’ access to the… shared drive was inconsistent with the common understanding reached in 2009 between the Committee and the Agency regarding access to RDINet. Consequently, I apologize for the actions of CIA officers…. I am committed to correcting the shortcomings that this report has revealed’.”
“But Brennan didn’t sign or send the apology letter.”
“Instead, four days later, he sent Feinstein and Chambliss a different letter — one without an apology or admission that the search of their computer network was improper. He did say, however, that he was going to ‘stand up’ an ‘independent’ accountability review board, whose members would be appointed by Brennan, to look into the OIG findings and determine whether the CIA employees who conducted the search should be punished.”
“Last December, that accountability board issued a report and overturned nearly all of [CIA Inspector General David] Buckley’s findings and conclusions. It also exonerated Brennan and the CIA personnel who searched the Senate’s computer network.”
“Brennan did verbally apologize to Feinstein and Chambliss during an in-person briefing about the findings of the OIG report, but Intelligence Committee members told VICE News it was unacceptable because there was not a written record of it. The lawmakers also noted that Brennan should have apologized to them — and to the Senate staffers who the CIA referred to the Justice Department for criminal prosecution [!].”
—There’s much more to the story, and Jason Leopold writes it. But that’s enough to make the point. This (CIA) is the agency that demands to be believed when it says Russia hacked the election. This is the agency that is to be trusted. This is the agency that is so pure, supporters of Hillary Clinton swallowed the Russian hack story whole.
As did the Washington Post, the leader of the pack in promoting the Russian hack claim. Well, the Post and the CIA are often hard to separate.
But don’t worry, the CIA is on the case. What case? Why, any case they choose to investigate, so they can find out the truth and then lie about it.
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The author of three explosive collections, THE MATRIX REVEALED, EXIT FROM THE MATRIX, and POWER OUTSIDE THE MATRIX, Jon was a candidate for a US Congressional seat in the 29th District of California. He maintains a consulting practice for private clients, the purpose of which is the expansion of personal creative power. Nominated for a Pulitzer Prize, he has worked as an investigative reporter for 30 years, writing articles on politics, medicine, and health for CBS Healthwatch, LA Weekly, Spin Magazine, Stern, and other newspapers and magazines in the US and Europe. Jon has delivered lectures and seminars on global politics, health, logic, and creative power to audiences around the world. You can sign up for his free NoMoreFakeNews emails here or his free OutsideTheRealityMachine emails here.