Should this guy head the CIA?
The Zionist Organization of America has put together a list of quotes by John 'al-Quds' Brennan
, President Hussein Obama's candidate to lead the CIA. These quotes show why Brennan should be as big a concern to supporters of Israel as is Chuck Hagel.
May 2009: Brennan offered a public apologia for the Obama
Administration’s policy of discarding basic, factual terms like ‘radical
Islam,’ ‘Islamism,’ and ‘jihad’ in reference to the war being waged
against America and its allies by Muslim extremists. Addressing
the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), Brennan said
that “describing our enemy in religious terms would lend credence to
the lie propagated by al Qaeda and its affiliates to justify terrorism,
that the United States is somehow at war against Islam. The reality, of
course, is that we have never been and will never be at war with Islam.
After all, Islam, like so many faiths, is part of America … Nor do we
describe our enemy as jihadists or Islamists because jihad is holy
struggle, a legitimate tenet of Islam meaning to purify oneself of one’s
community” (Rowan Scarborough, ‘Obama at odds with Petraeus doctrine on
“Islam,”’ Washington Times, July 11, 2010).
In August 2009, Brennan again addressing the CSIS, said the Lebanese
terrorist group Hizballah, “started out as purely a terrorist
organization back in the early ’80s and has evolved significantly over
time. And now it has members of parliament, in the cabinet; there are
lawyers, doctors, others who are part of the Hezbollah organization …
Hamas, on the other hand … developed an extremist and terrorist element
to it that, I think, has unfortunately delegitimized it in the eyes of
many.” The Nation contributing editor Robert Dreyfuss also disclosed
that, before assuming his current position as President Obama’s top
counter-terrorist adviser, Brennan told him that talking to Hamas and
Hezbollah is the right thing to do (Robert Dreyfuss, ‘White House
Opening to Hezbollah, Hamas?’ The Nation, August 10, 2009).
December 2009: When would-be underwear bomber Umar Farouk
Abdulmutallab nearly brought down a U.S.-bound Northwest Airlines flight
on Christmas Day 2009, Brennan was criticized because British
intelligence authorities had notified their U.S. counterparts of an
“Umar Farouk” meeting with al-Qaeda cleric Anwar al-Awlaki in Yemen, and
Abdulmutallab’s father had warned of his son’s increasing extremism to
CIA officials at the U.S. embassy in Nigeria. However, Abdulmutallab was
never added to the U.S. no-fly list, nor was his U.S. visa revoked.
This led by the House and Senate Intelligence oversight committees to
call for Brennan’s resignation (Patrick Poole, ‘The unprecedented power
has even Obama administration officials worried,’ PJ Media, June 6,
February 2010, Brennan defended the policy of treating Abdulmutallab
as a criminal by having his rights read to him upon arrest and trying
him in civilian court, rather than transferring the would-be bomber to
military custody as an enemy combatant, claiming during a speech at New
York University’s Law School, that he supported the administration’s
highly unpopular move to try al-Qaeda operations chief Khalid Sheikh
Mohammed in federal court (Joel Gerstein, ‘Brennan, unruffled, talks
terror at NYU,’ Politico, February 28, 2010). In the same speech, he
also referred to Jerusalem by its Arabic name, Al-Quds, saying, “In all
my travels the city I have come to love most is al-Quds, Jerusalem”
(‘Counterterror Adviser Defends Jihad as ‘Legitimate Tenet of Islam,’
Fox News, May 27, 2010).
May 2010, in a speech to the CSIS, Brennan called jihad a “legitimate
tenet of Islam,” arguing that the term “jihadists” should not be used
to describe America’s enemies.” He described violent extremists as
victims of “political, economic and social forces” but said that those
plotting attacks on the U.S. should not be described in “religious
terms” (‘Counterterror Adviser Defends Jihad as ‘Legitimate Tenet of
Islam, Fox News, May 27, 2010).
September 2010: On Brennan’s watch, a top U.S. Hamas official, Kifah
Mustafa, was permitted to tour of the top-secret National
Counterterrorism Center, FBI headquarters in Washington D.C., and the
FBI training academy at Quantico. Mustafa had already been named in 2007
and 2008 as an unindicted coconspirator as a registered agent for Holy
Land Foundation, a Hamas fund-raising front closed by the Bush
administration after the largest terrorism financing prosecution in
American history. Evidence produced in court showed Mustafa to have
participated in a fundraising troupe singing “‘I am a member of Hamas’
as well as other songs glorifying violence and inciting the murder of
Jews” (Patrick Poole, ’10 Failures of the U.S. Government on the
Domestic Terrorism Threat,’ Center for Security Policy, 2010). Following
this, several former top intelligence and defense officials again
called for his resignation (‘National Security Hawks Call for Brennan’s
Resignation,’ Fox News, September 28, 2010).
May 2012: Brennan was implicated in a serious intelligence breach
detailing an ongoing counterterrorism operation led by British and Saudi
intelligence agencies that had placed an operative inside the al-Qaeda
in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) organization. The White House leak
forced the termination of the operation and the immediate withdrawal of
the double agent (‘Exclusive: Did White House “spin” tip a covert op?,’
Reuters, May 18, 2012).
With Brennan as director of the CIA, what could go wrong?
Labels: Central Intelligence Agency, Islamist, John Brennan