It would be nice to think something as consequential as national security would be immune to politics, but CIA Director John Brennan proved that even where the war on terrorism is concerned, nothing is safe.

Even before the election, Brennan has already gone on the record saying that that he would disobey a President Trump’s order to use so-called “enhanced interrogation techniques” against captured terrorists.

“I’m not going to be the director of CIA that gives that order. I think they’re going to need to find another director. As long as I’m the director of CIA, we are not going to go down that road again.”

Trump has said openly that he is not opposed to using waterboarding “and worse” to prevent terror attacks and protect American lives.

Beside the obvious fact that Trump would almost certainly appoint a new director, Brennan apparently forgets his own past.

He has served in both Democrat and Republican administrations during the Clinton, Bush and Obama years, but was forced to renounce his public statements supporting “enhanced” interrogation of terrorism suspects before becoming Obama’s top spy in March 2013.

Those previous statements about waterboarding?

“The agencies’ detention and interrogation program, I believe, was instrumental in keeping this country safe in the aftermath of 9/11. There were individuals that were subjected to these enhanced interrogation techniques that subsequent to that provided information that was in fact credible and worthwhile for pursuit.”

Sounds like he thought waterboarding worked – that it “encouraged” terror detainees to “share” information that prevented attacks like 9/11.

But waterboarding is distasteful to Barack Obama and he classified it as “torture” with one of his first executive orders in 2009.

The next president could issue his (or her) own executive order to allow its use as… motivation for the worst of the worst to divulge information that could be a matter of life or death for Americans.

In any event, it seems likely that Brennan is betting on a President Clinton to ensure his own job, rather than doing what he knows is best for Americans in the War on Terror.

 

 

 

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