The Patriot Post® · SEAL and Ranger Take Down Brennan
Why was his clearance revoked? Well, the list is long, but allow me to highlight the top four reasons for that revocation.
First, Brennan is a political hack. During his tenure under Barack Obama at the CIA, Brennan used his position to provide Obama political cover for Benghazi ahead of his 2012 reelection bid, and by extension provided Hillary Clinton cover for her 2016 bid. Obama awarded him with CIA directorship in March 2013.
Third, he then, to put it kindly, “misled Congress” in testimony regarding numerous issues.
And finally, after the election of Trump, Brennan was elevated to Leftmedia “analyst” with NBC News and MSNBC, and all of his black-bag bias against Republicans and Trump has been spewing out through his social media accounts, effectively betraying him for the political hack he has always been.
After his security clearance was revoked, Democrats and the Leftmedia howled that the man who got Osama bin Laden deserves to be canonized, not ostracized.
To that end, Obama’s former Deputy National Security Advisor Ben Rhodes, who was central in the Benghazi cover-up, protested yesterday, “John Brennan was the point person for the Obama White House on the operation that killed Osama bin Laden. He knows a lot more about defending our nation than someone who uses security clearances to punish his political adversaries.”
Responding to Rhodes and others, Tier 1 operator Robert O'Neill, the Operation Neptune Spear SEAL team member who actually shot and killed bin Laden, rebutted, “Actually, @brhodes, 23 conservatives went after OBL. No offense, in case you were wondering.”
I met with O'Neill most recently last month and can assure you this: O'Neill and those “23 conservatives,” who assumed they were on a virtual suicide mission to kill Osama and would not make it out of Abbottabad, Pakistan, alive — not to mention the hundreds of thousands of other Americans who have served our nation in combat — “know more about defending our nation” than John Brennan and his ilk will ever begin to comprehend.
And Benghazi survivor Kris “Tanto” Paronto, a former Army Ranger who was part of the CIA team that fought the Benghazi Islamist attack, said of Brennan, “He is lucky the security clearance is all he is getting away with.” Regarding Brennan’s retort that his “principles are worth far more than clearances,” Paronto responded, “My principles are greater than clearances too John, especially when you and the @CIA kool-aid drinkers punished us for not going along with the Benghazi cover-up story in order to protect you, @HillaryClinton’s & @BarackObama’s failures. You put your politics before us.”
For the record, Brennan never served a day in uniform. In his CIA application process, he admitted having voted for a communist presidential contender because he was “signaling my unhappiness with the system.” That should have been a disqualifying disclosure. He was and remains an angry, America-hating career bureaucrat, whose most notable field service assignment was under Bill Clinton as CIA station chief in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Under his watch there, 19 U.S. Air Force service members were murdered in the Khobar Towers bombing. And, as you recall, when Brennan was in the Middle East, Clinton red-lighted operations to capture or kill bin Laden long before OBL orchestrated the 9/11 attack. As Obama’s CIA director, instituted a “sweeping organizational restructuring,” which in effect, allowed him to front load the CIA’s key positions with likeminded political hacks.
Notably, some of Brennan’s closest allies have also been critical of his caustic remarks. His superior, James Clapper, Obama’s Director of National Intelligence, who also lied to Congress, lamented, “John and his rhetoric have become, I think, an issue in and of itself.” And Obama’s Joint Chiefs chairman, Admiral Mike Mullen, noted, “I think [Brennan] has been incredibly critical of the president, and I think that has put him in a political place which actually does more damage for the intelligence community – which is apolitical.”
Regarding the revocation of security clearances across the board, as I have noted previously, there are about 5,000 people who hold high-level security clearances, most of whom are former government employees who have monetized their clearances for very high paying private sector jobs. Each of those clearances cost taxpayers tens-of-thousands of dollars to certify. I believe that all high-level security clearances should be suspended after those holding them leave government service, unless they petition and demonstrate a reason to maintain their clearance.