Friday, August 17, 2018

Enemies List for 2018, Part 2 - everyone else

John Brennan responds to Trump’s revoking of Brennan’s security clearance: President Trump’s Claims of No Collusion Are Hogwash. That’s why the president revoked my security clearance: to try to silence anyone who would dare challenge him.

But that may be just the surface of the story. Revoking the security clearance of Brennan and others on Trump’s enemies list interferes with their ability to provide relevant testimony before congressional committees and the special counsel. So, Rachel Maddow suggested last night, the reason for Trump’s action is really an intention to interfere with the Mueller investigation.

And Trump is going to take hit after hit on this one. For example, beyond Brennan’s brass knuckle response, a retired Navy admiral dares Trump to take his security clearance also.

William H. McRaven … was commander of the U.S. Joint Special Operations Command from 2011 to 2014. He oversaw the 2011 Navy SEAL raid in Pakistan that killed al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden.

Scriber FYI: McRaven is now Chancellor of the University of Texas.

In an open letter to President Trump, published by the Washington Post, McRaven asks Revoke my security clearance, too, Mr. President

Dear Mr. President:

Former CIA director John Brennan, whose security clearance you revoked on Wednesday, is one of the finest public servants I have ever known. Few Americans have done more to protect this country than John. He is a man of unparalleled integrity, whose honesty and character have never been in question, except by those who don’t know him.

Therefore, I would consider it an honor if you would revoke my security clearance as well, so I can add my name to the list of men and women who have spoken up against your presidency.

Like most Americans, I had hoped that when you became president, you would rise to the occasion and become the leader this great nation needs.

A good leader tries to embody the best qualities of his or her organization. A good leader sets the example for others to follow. A good leader always puts the welfare of others before himself or herself.

Your leadership, however, has shown little of these qualities. Through your actions, you have embarrassed us in the eyes of our children, humiliated us on the world stage and, worst of all, divided us as a nation.

If you think for a moment that your McCarthy-era tactics will suppress the voices of criticism, you are sadly mistaken. The criticism will continue until you become the leader we prayed you would be.

And, surprisingly, a reporter for Fox News read it verbatim on live TV.

Shortly after [Sarah Huckabee] Sanders made the announcement, CNN reported that the White House had not consulted Dan Coats, the director of national intelligence, on the decision.

The president also said he was considering revoking the clearance of several other former intelligence and law-enforcement officials — many of whom have been critical of him — in the coming weeks.

In addition to the former CIA Directer John Brennan, those people include:

James Clapper, the former director of national intelligence.
James Comey, the former FBI director.
Michael Hayden, the former director of the National Security Agency.
Sally Yates, the former acting attorney general.
Susan Rice, the former national security adviser.
Andrew McCabe, the former FBI deputy director.
Peter Strzok, a former FBI agent.
Lisa Page, an FBI lawyer.
Bruce Ohr, a Justice Department official.

The first seven served during the Russian attacks and investigation of them.

I guess we now add McRaven to this list. Hey! Sign me up.

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