John Brennan Says All the Bad Reports about CIA Are Inaccurate

Kudos to Jan Schakowsky, who used today’s hearing on global threats to ask John Brennan some of the questions he so rarely gets asked.

She started by asking him generally about drones and his previous public comments about them. He responded by noting that he was a White House figure then, now he’s CIA Director (implying, I guess, that he shouldn’t be held to his previous comments).

She then asked specifically about Jonathan Landay’s reporting on the drone strikes — which, as you’ll recall, is reported directly from intelligence reports on drone strikes. Brennan responded, “A lot of things in press are reported inaccurately, in my opinion.” (Mind you, Landay’s reports did give Brennan an excuse for having lied so blatantly about civilian casualties in the past, so I guess his reporting is inaccurate, even though it helps Brennan!)

Schakowsky then asked about the difference between targeted and signature strikes. Brennan pointed back to the earlier dog and pony show on drones, which pretended signature strikes didn’t exist.

Schakowsky then asked for an update on the torture report. Brennan revealed he had spoken with Dianne Feinstein and Saxby Chambliss earlier this week. He told them he was in the process of reviewing the report (keep in mind, the original response to SSCI was due February 15, almost two months ago) and was doing a “thorough” review of some things he believed the committee did not report accurately.

If you’re John Brennan, if internal reports on drones make the CIA look bad, and if internal reports on torture make the CIA look bad, they are by definition inaccurate.

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bmaz @michaelwhitney Have McGirt, will travel!
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bmaz Doge going on a joy ride. http://t.co/PKTrlVzxM8
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emptywheel @BradMossEsq But if it doesn't do what it is supposed to do, then we should talk about that, bc then we can shut it down.
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emptywheel @BradMossEsq Just you. I've never been opposed. I'm opposed to its misuse. Upstream is prone to problems, per a pushover FISA judge.
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emptywheel @mokecule VERY many WH journos show up to every briefing knowing there's almost no chance they'll get called. They still go.
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emptywheel @mokecule Does that change the value at all of sitting and listening for the gross majority who don't get called?
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emptywheel RT @PGEddington: ICYMI: My latest on @Medium: “When Intelligence Become Advocacy” https://t.co/d9c9jly8DK
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emptywheel @KimZetter A second run then! You can benefit from Sony hack along with 133,726 consulting firms.
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emptywheel LOLOLOL It is SO perfect that Roger Cohen doesn't think having boys sit and listen to girls ask questions is good for them.
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emptywheel RT @DougJBalloon: Most entitled media whine ever? MT @NYTimesCohen WH might have advised male correspondents they could split on vacation e…
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emptywheel @GregoryMcNeal It is. Bc I've been wondering all day when someone would say that to justify "proportional" response. @jacklgoldsmith
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emptywheel @KimZetter And that was before Sony, presumably.
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