After Failing at the White House, Then Illegally Hacking SSCI, Brennan Wants Cyber

Back during John Brennan’s confirmation process, I noted he got zero questions about cybersecurity, in spite of the fact that that is a big part of the portfolio of the White House Homeland Security Czar (as has been made evident by Lisa Monaco’s central role in the Sony hack response).

Since then, John Brennan permitted his subordinates to hack the email accounts supposedly designated for the Senate Intelligence Committee’s designated use.

Those are both reasons you should be concerned by the news that — as part of a larger “subject matter” reorganization of CIA, Brennan wants to hack.

U.S. officials said Brennan’s plans call for increased use of cyber capabilities in almost every category of operations — whether identifying foreign officials to recruit as CIA informants, confirming the identities of targets of drone strikes or penetrating Internet-savvy adversaries such asthe Islamic State.

Several officials said that Brennan’s team has even considered creating a new cyber directorate — a step that would put the agency’s technology experts on equal footing with the operations and analysis branches that have been pillars of the CIA’s organizational structure for decades.

All the more so given that neither all of the Intelligence Committees nor NSA’s leadership knows what Brennan is up to.

Brennan provided only broad outlines of his plan in recent congressional meetings that excluded all but the four highest-ranking members of the House and Senate intelligence panels. A senior U.S. intelligence official said that some senior NSA executives remain in the dark on Brennan’s cyber ambitions.

But then, if all of SSCI knew what Brennan was up to, I guess it’d be harder for him to hack them in the future.

3 replies
  1. bloopie2 says:

    Third time’s a charm? Hmm, maybe not.

    In other news, I’m starting to think that “cyber” really is the up and coming form of warfare for the foreseeable future (until Wednesday, that is). No, really. Whether Brennan and the CIA are the one to handle that, whether the government should be involved in helping US people/groups defend themselves against outside attacks, etc., are separate questions. But thought needs to be put into this, deeply, and now. I’m guessing our offensive capabilities are tops in the world, so, how to focus on defensive? Pull the NSA off domestic spying for three years and put them on to assisting (openly and optionally!) in defense? Going back to carrier pigeons or even lithography? It’s too much for my little mind to rassle with.

  2. lefty665 says:

    “A senior U.S. intelligence official said that some senior NSA executives remain in the dark on Brennan’s cyber ambitions.”

    Really? Ask the ‘senior official’ to pull the other one, it’s got bells on. NSA not know what CIA is up to, or wants to be? Sweet mother of jesus that’s funny. It would be the first time since 1952.

  3. galljdaj says:

    Seems to me that if there is an honest federal judge anywhere, that Judge would order ‘all hackers that have been convicted to nullified their convictions and be immediately released if still in prisons’. Just like lil obama has a right to murder, we all do… under the ‘freelance constitution’.

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