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Feb 8, 2013

John Brennan should be on trial, not heading up the CIA

Incoming CIA chief John Brennan attended confirmation hearings before a Senate committee today. But he should be in the dock and on trial.

Bernard Keane — Politics editor

Bernard Keane

Politics editor

John Brennan, the man picked by President Barack Obama to replace David Petraeus as head of the CIA, attended confirmation hearings before the Senate Intelligence Committee this morning Australian time.

As Deputy National Security Advisor and chief counter-terrorism adviser to Obama, Brennan has overseen the US drone strike program that has resulted in the deaths several hundred civilians, including over 160 children. At the CIA, he would have access to the agency’s own drone program, separate from the Department of Defense’s program, although both are overseen by the White House.

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4 thoughts on “John Brennan should be on trial, not heading up the CIA

  1. Gavin Moodie

    I find it extraordinary that the US is able to get away with killing people who have not been convicted of a crime and sentenced to death by a court. I suppose the ‘war on terror’ is supposed to justify it, and it is possible because the US kills people in *foreign* countries beholden to the US.

  2. j.oneill

    The media bear a large responsibility for allowing matters to get to their present sorry lawless state. They have long since abdicated their role as a questioner of government policy. It has been revealed in the past few days that the mainstream media conspired together to suppress the information that the US was operating drone strikes out of Saudi Arabia. Glenn Greenwald in the Guardian is scathing about the professed rational for this abdication of responsibility by the NY Times, Washington Post et al.

    But this is hardly new. We are coming up to the 50th anniversary of the JF Kennedy assassination, yet the mainstream media in Australia and the US persist in promoting the lie that Oswald was the lone nut killer, resolutely refusing to publish any evidence to the contrary or even review highly lauded (in Europe and on the web) books such Douglass’ JFK& the Unspeakable.

    The Australian media are no better than the Americans. Another recent example is a 213 page report Globalizing torture published by the Open Society Justice Initiative. It names 54 countries (including Australia) who were complicit in the US program of kidnapping, extradition and torture. I am open to correction, but I am unaware of any Australian media outlet, print, tv or radio, (and this includes you, Crikey) which has discussed this very important report.

    Unless we are able to recapture that old fashioned notion of holding people accountable for their crimes the situation is only likely to deteriorate.

  3. Kevin Herbert

    Western mainstream media have become stenographers for the American Empire & its supporters….I wonder what Graham Perkin would have made of the lightweights who putrify our media e.g. Peter Hartcher’s disgraceful Islam bashing article in Fairfax this week.

    Obama, Clinton, Bush, Albright etc etc all the way back to Lyndon Johnson, are mass murderers in Armani clothes…no different to the Nazis dressed by Hugo Boss.

    Bring on the Asian century..so that we may be rid of this human scum which has calcified at the top of Western Governments….I doubt the Chinese could plumb the depths of depravity that the current crop of world leaders have displayed.

  4. zut alors

    The coining of the term ‘collateral damage’ is vital to blurring the perception of what the US military is actually doing. There is careful avoidance of calling a spade a spade by not referring to killing, murdering, slaughtering or massacre.

    But, hands on their hearts, they parrot lines about ‘g0d and country’ whilst flagrantly ignoring the no-kill Commandment.

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