After clearance pull, Democrats rush to back Brennan – who spied on them


Former CIA Director John Brennan © Gray Cameron / Reuters
After clearance pull, Democrats rush to back Brennan – who spied on them
Published time: 16 Aug, 2018 00:25
Edited time: 16 Aug, 2018 12:44
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Democrats have been vocal in condemning US President Donald Trump for revoking former CIA chief John Brennan’s security clearance, forgetting that time he spied on a Democrat-run Senate committee in the name of #Resistance.

On Wednesday, Trump revoked Brennan’s security clearance, which had allowed the ex-spymaster to continue to access classified documents since he resigned last January.

READ MORE: Trump revokes clearance of former CIA chief Brennan

The White House said that Brennan used his security clearance to “sow division and chaos,” and lend a sheen of credibility to his public criticisms of the president. The White House looked into revoking Brennan’s clearance after he accused Trump of “treason” for meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin last month.

Straight away, Democrats jumped in to defend Brennan’s character and to blast Trump for pulling his clearance. Rep. Adam Schiff (D-California), ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee, said that “In adding John Brennan to his enemies list, Trump demonstrates again how deeply insecure and vindictive he is.”

Rep. Don Beyer (D-Virginia) called the revocation “the weak, paranoid, authoritarian behavior of a dictator.”

In adding John Brennan to his enemies list, Trump demonstrates again how deeply insecure and vindictive he is — two character flaws dangerous in any President.

An enemies list is ugly, undemocratic and un-American. I also believe this action to silence a critic is unlawful. https://t.co/bfOhThIWfq
— Adam Schiff (@RepAdamSchiff) August 15, 2018

A flimsy excuse to set a terrible precedent.

Trump is clearly punishing @JohnBrennan for criticizing him, cracking down on a dissent and retaliating against a private citizen’s free speech.

The President has adopted the weak, paranoid, authoritarian behavior of a dictator. https://t.co/c04RuFjihx
— Rep. Don Beyer (@RepDonBeyer) August 15, 2018

Former Vice President Joe Biden called Trump’s act “unbecoming of a President,” and warned that it would only embolden Brennan in his public crusade against Trump.

In the time I have known him, John Brennan has never been afraid to speak up and give it to you straight. Revoking his security clearance is an act unbecoming of a President. If you think it will silence John, then you just don’t know the man.
— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) August 15, 2018

Biden’s words were echoed by former ambassador to Russia Michael McFaul, who said that clearance or not, Brennan “will now be just as vigorous & vigilant in defending American values.”

I had the privilege of working with @JohnBrennan at the White House. I have never met anyone more dedicated to defending our national security than John. He will now be just as vigorous & vigilant in defending American values, including free speech, without a sec clearance.
— Michael McFaul (@McFaul) August 15, 2018

Brennan’s thesaurus-heavy Tweets and self-righteous grandstanding have made him a hero to the anti-Trump #resistance. However, while Democrats are falling over themselves to pat the former career spy on the back, there was a time when Brennan spied on Democratic lawmakers compiling a report into his agency’s use of torture tactics – and got away with it.

In 2014, as the Senate Intelligence Committee was compiling a lengthy report into the CIA’s use of ‘enhanced interrogation techniques’ at its secret prisons, chair Dianne Feinstein (D-California) accused Brennan’s agency of secretly monitoring the committee’s computers and removing sensitive documents.

After initially denying any wrongdoing and rejecting Feinstein’s “spurious allegations,” Brennan quietly apologized to lawmakers after an internal review proved the senator right.

Despite being caught red-handed spying on his overseers, the Obama administration Department of Justice declined to press charges against Brennan, and he remained in charge of the CIA.

You spied on Congress and lied about it under oath. https://t.co/Go5goGwrff
— Sean Davis (@seanmdav) August 15, 2018

The real John Brennan. pic.twitter.com/vpSh0eBwgw
— Dan Bongino (@dbongino) August 15, 2018

Just as Democrats seem eager to forgive past wrongs in the name of anti-Trump resistance, the President’s supporters on the right were quick to remember Brennan’s shady practices and praise Trump’s decision to revoke his clearance.

The media is straight up losing their minds that John Brennan lost his clearance

I wonder who their “senior national security source” was…
— Jack Posobiec 🇺🇸 (@JackPosobiec) August 15, 2018

Judicial Watch President @TomFitton: Obama CIA Director John Brennan’s unhinged attacks on President @realDonaldTrump help explain the Obama administration’s spying abuses targeting then-candidate & now-President Trump.

Learn more here: https://t.co/UXqvkcVdr6pic.twitter.com/Y6SAofe5XO
— Judicial Watch 🔎 (@JudicialWatch) August 15, 2018

Libertarian-minded Senator Rand Paul (R-Kentucky), who first proposed pulling Brennan’s clearance, cheered Trump’s decision on Wednesday, and took the opportunity to remind voters that he opposed Brennan’s stewardship of the CIA from the get-go.

I applaud President Trump for his revoking of John Brennan’s security clearance. I urged the President to do this. Read more here: https://t.co/SAQNTJ1UAn
— Senator Rand Paul (@RandPaul) August 15, 2018

True to form, Brennan himself responded to Trump in a verbose tweet, stating that “my principles are worth far more than clearances,” and vowing to keep up the #resistance.

According to William Binney, a former National Security Agency technical director and NSA whistleblower, Trump should have revoked Brennan’s clearance “a long time ago.” Binney told RT: “The president is doing the right thing revoking the clearances of people who aren’t contributing anything.”
‘Monetized security clearance’

The White House has also mulled revoking security clearances for a host of other former intelligence personnel, including former CIA Director Michael Hayden, former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper and former FBI Director James Comey.

Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said in July that they had “politicized, and in some cases monetized, their public service and security clearances.” Since leaving their positions, all have become household names for their public opposition to Trump. Brennan now works for NBC News as a “senior national security and intelligence analyst,” Clapper found a new home at CNN, and Comey penned a book thrashing the Trump administration and comparing Trump himself to a “mob boss.”

Hayden told CNN viewers on Wednesday that Trump’s decision to revoke Brennan’s clearance was “threatening to the rest of us” and amounted to an attempt to silence dissent.

Former Hillary Clinton aide Philippe Reines was more blunt, calling Trump a “vindictive little bitch.”

trump just revoked former CIA Director John Brennan’s security clearance.

What a vindictive little bitch.
— Philippe Reines (@PhilippeReines) August 15, 2018

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NetFlix Chat, Everyone Nowadays Will Just Lie To You, What is Wrong With These People?

I don’t know how many others out there uses NetFlix.  We have had an Account with them forever.   Before they took over Blockbuster, you know, the movie rental store.  Yes, since before NetFlix took over Blockbuster.  Come to think of it, it seems like it was through a Hostile Takeover.  Yes, I am sure that is what it was.

Anyway, it don’t really matter.  Anyway, we ended up buying a Roku player, back then as well.  It was a standard, then we upgraded to the Roku II, and recently the Roku II died, so we went ahead and upgraded to the Roku III.

The other day, when we started NetFlix to see what was playing, it began with a screen saying that you have to be a member in order to use NetFlix; the screen also said that we were entitled to one month free when we join.

Like I said, we have been a member for close to a hundred years, so I called on the phone to talk with tech support.  The girl there told me, that there is no problem, that from time to time that happens, and just log into my account, and all would be well.  While I was talking to her, I brought up that the screen said that we are entitled to one month of service for free.  The girl told me “Oh yea, you are, you can get one month free every year”.  I wonder if people are trained to lie to us, or if they take it upon themselves to do so for the hell of it.  Seems extremely suspicious that every one we talk to on the phone nowadays lies to us.  I wish I could get a transcript of the phone conversation that I had with good ole ATT U-Verse last week from when I attempted to cancel the Tv portion of my U-Verse account.  We talked with Jessica a “Supervisor” who lied to us worse than the NetFlix clown did.

After we hung up, I decided to figure out how we could obtain that free month every year.  So, when there was nothing anywhere about paying customers getting a free month at any time, especially not one free month a year, I decided to hit the chat button.  In just a few short minutes, chat was answered by Sonia, and here is our conversation:

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Thank you for contacting Netflix customer support.

Here is the transcript from your recent chat with customer support:

Netflix Sonia

Hey, this is Sonia. Whom do I have the pleasure of chatting with today?

You

Janet McDonald customer service told me that members get 1 free month per year

You

How do I get a free month?

Netflix Sonia

Hey Janet, that is a very good question and I would be happy to give you some info on this today

You

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Netflix Sonia

The free trial applies to customers who have not had an active account in the last 12 months and wish to restart their old account or start a completely different account. Customers who are also joining Netflix for the very first time are allowed a free trial to see how the service works

You

Well, I had to call customer service for an issue, and I told her that I have been a member forever, and that if they wanted to give me a free month, they could. Her reply was that I am entitled to 1 free month every year. So I want to know how to get the free month.

Netflix Sonia

Oh! I see. The free trial is automatically applied to a new account or an account that has not been active in last 12 months. The only way to access a free trial is by creating an entirely different account using different credentials

You

That is not what customer service told me less than 30 minutes ago. I had an issue with NetFlix, and so I called on the phone. The girl told me, that existing customers are entitled to one free month per year. And you are telling me that she lied to me?

Netflix Sonia

Hmm. That is pretty strange that a rep would say that because that i not how it actually works but no worries, I will get to the bottom of this today. All contacts under your account are automatically documented by the system and i am not seeing a contact apart from this one for today. Do you remember the name of the person you spoke to or the number you dialed?

You

The number I dialed was 1-866-579-7172, and I don’t remember her name. but it was 2:45:15 PM and I dialed in from 404-xxx-xxxx (my latest phone number a Magicjack number).

Netflix Sonia

OK thanks. I am in the process of making a formal report if the issue so this can be handled internally. I must apologize for the incomplete info you received, while a customer can get a free trial each year, their previous account(s) would have to be cancelled for 12 months or more to be able to access the free trial. There is no free trial on an existing account as there is no way to apply it manually

You

Ok, well tell them, whoever I talked to lied to me. I don’t like being lied to.

You

Thanks. Can I get a transcript of this chat?

Netflix Sonia

I totally understand and the last thing we want is for you to feel misled. No worries, i will ensure that this is taken cars of from our end. Yes, you will get the option to print a transcript of this chat at the end of the chat

You

Ok, then, I guess that there is nothing more for me to complain about, and nothing more that you can do to make me happy. I appreciate the internal report, so maybe this won’t happen to others.

You

Bye Bye

Netflix Sonia

It was my pleasure helping you out today. Thank you for chatting in and enjoy the rest of your day. And one more thing, if you wouldn’t mind, please stay online for a one question survey.