Neocon Mike Pompeo’s First Public Remarks As CIA Director

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As long as the CIA exists, world peace, stability and security remain unattainable.

The agency operates secretly and unaccountably. Along with collecting, coordinating and disseminating intelligence, it functions extrajudicially.

It subverts rule of law principles by toppling democratically elected governments, inciting global instability and chaos, backing ISIS and other terrorist groups, assassinating foreign officials, supporting friendly despots, and operating as a global Mafia hit squad – high crimes its specialty.

Its unchecked power shortens the life of the American republic. Its existence threatens world peace.

Neocon Mike Pompeo serves as current director. His  first public remarks at the Center for Strategic and International Studies weren’t encouraging.

The CIA “engages (in) foreign espionage,” said Pompeo. “We steal secrets” – from friends and adversaries alike, he failed to explain.

“And we’re damn proud of it. (We) make no apologies…We utilize our whole toolkit” – every dirty trick and high crime imaginable.

The CIA is “legally prohibited from spying on people through electronic surveillance in the United States. We’re not tapping anyone’s phone…”

Fact: The CIA spies on anyone it wishes anywhere – legally and extrajudicially, its activities unchecked by presidents, Congress or the courts. It’s a rogue agency, making its own rules.

Pompeo: “(W)e do not pursue covert action on a whim and without the approval or accountability.”

FALSE!

Pompeo: “…I inherited an agency that has deep respect for the rule of law and the Constitution.”

FALSE!

Pompeo: “(W)e’re an organization committed to uncovering the truth and getting it right.”

Fact: The CIA is a global Mafia organization, far more vicious, deadly and destructive than private sector criminals.

Pompeo blasted whistleblowers Edward Snowden and Julian Assange. He lied claiming “they care nothing about the lives they put at risk or the damage they cause to national security,” adding:

“WikiLeaks (operates as) a hostile intelligence service…(I)t overwhelmingly focuses on the United States while seeing support from anti-democratic countries and organizations.”

“(O)ur intelligence community determined that Russian military intelligence…used WikiLeaks to release” DNC emails…Russia’s primary propaganda outlet, RT, has actively collaborated with WikiLeaks.”

Fact: Assange, Snowden, Manning and other whistleblowers deserve high praise, not criticism.

Fact: They perform vital services, exposing government high crimes and other wrongdoing.

Fact: Their mission is truth-telling, polar opposite how Western media scoundrels operate and rogue agencies like the CIA, NSA and FBI.

Fact: RT, Sputnik News and other alternative media are vital sources of real news, information and analysis.

Fact: Pompeo’s job is lying, deceiving, misinforming and directing CIA high crimes and other wrongdoing globally.

Claiming disclosures by WikiLeaks and other whistleblowers “caused harm, great harm, to our nation’s national security” is a bald-faced Big Lie.

So is saying Assange, Snowden and other whistleblowers “are not the slightest bit interested in improving civil liberties or enhancing personal freedom,” fundamental rights the CIA is hellbent on destroying – Pompeo its current maestro of misery, directing the agency’s high crimes.

He attacked First Amendment rights, saying “we can no longer allow Assange and his colleagues the latitude to use free speech values against us” – deplorably calling the right to speak freely about anything “a perversion of what our…Constitution stands for. It ends now,” without elaborating on what he intends.

“As the CIA director, it is my sworn duty to uphold the Constitution” – by breaching its fundamental principles.

“…I promise you that the CIA will be tireless in our mission to keep America safe” – by targeting and eliminating legitimate critics of rogue US policies.

America’s intelligence community supports wealth, power and privilege exclusively at the expense of peace, equity and justice for all.


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CIA Chief Pompeo Awards Saudis with Medal for Combating Terrorism

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You can’t make this stuff up. Truth is stranger than fiction.

On February 10 in Riyadh, CIA director Mike Pompeo awarded the Middle East’s leading Arab state proliferator of state terrorism at home and abroad with the George Tenet Medal for its “intelligence work in the fight against terrorism.”

Tenet was CIA director from July 1997 to July 2004. His rap sheet includes involvement in Clinton’s rape of Yugoslavia, GW Bush’s aggression on Afghanistan and Iraq, along with establishing and running America’s global torture prisons, Guantanamo the tip of the iceberg.

The agency prioritizes covert extrajudicial killings and other dirty tricks, operating beyond checks and balances, unaccountable to Congress, mindless of the public interest.

It’s incompatible with fundamental freedoms. The late Chalmers Johnson said its existence “shorten(s) the life of the American republic.”

Saudi crown prince Mohammed bin Nayef, serving as deputy prime minister and minister of interior received the George Tenet Medal. Other Saudi princes and officials attended the ceremony.

In accepting the award, prince Nayef turned truth on its head, saying “Saudi Arabia rejects and denounces strongly terrorism in all its forms and manifestations.”

“The kingdom has been keen to combat terrorism based on its conviction that terrorism has no identity and no religion, and from its belief that the terrorists are committing these acts stemming from their deviant ideologies and evil thought.”

Israel and Saudi Arabia are the region’s leading sponsors of terrorism. Riyadh’s absolute monarchal rule is despotic, lawless and brutal. It’s a police state practicing state terrorism internally and regionally.

Along with America, it’s the leading backer of ISIS and other Middle East terrorist groups, responsible for the rape and destruction of Syria.

For nearly two years, Riyadh waged genocidal war on Yemen, responsible for tens of thousands of deaths, mostly civilians, far greater numbers than officially reported – millions of Yemenis endangered by war, related violence, preventable diseases and starvation.

The kingdom is a close US ally. One rogue state supports another.

 


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Mixed Signals from Washington on Torture

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Trump’s Secretary of Defense James (“mad dog”) Mattis said torture doesn’t work. His CIA director Mike Pompeo believes it does.

Trump said he’s OK with whatever they want, earlier indicating support for waterboarding (torture by any standard) and much worse – believing torture works despite clear evidence otherwise.

It’s used for control and punishment, not as an information obtaining practice. According to Politico, Mattis and Pompeo were “blindsided” by a draft executive order, calling for use of torture.

Bipartisan lawmakers expressed concern, failing to denounce torture and other forms of mistreatment under Bush/Cheney and Obama.

White House press secretary Sean Spicer said “(i)t’s not a White House document,” adding he “ha(s) no idea where it came from.” Trump didn’t order it, he claimed. He hasn’t seen the draft as far as he knows.

It calls for the DNI to consider continued use of overseas CIA black sites, infamous for brutal torture. Its use breaches fundamental international, constitutional and US statute laws.

The order calls for maintaining Guantanamo as a prison for terrorist suspects captured abroad. It requires the defense secretary and other top national security officials to recommend whether enhanced interrogation techniques should be added to the Army Field Manual.

It says US laws should be obeyed. It’s unclear who wrote the draft order. Lawmakers from both parties issued statements denouncing it.

Ranking Senate Intelligence Committee Democrat Mark Warner (VA) said “any attempt by this administration to restart torture is absolutely unacceptable.”

“I intend to hold nominees, including Director Pompeo and Secretary Mattis, to their sworn testimony to follow the law, banning the use of enhanced interrogation techniques.” He’ll hold incoming DNI former senator Dan Coats to the same standard.

An amendment to last year’s National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) banned torture, limiting interrogation techniques to what approved by the Army Field Manual.

On Thursday, at the GOP retreat in Philadelphia, Senator John Thune said “(w)ith respect to torture, that’s banned.” The 1984 UN Convention against Torture and other international laws prohibited it long ago – at all times, under all conditions, with no allowed exceptions for any reasons.

Separately, the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists advanced its doomsday clock to two-and-a-half minutes to midnight.

On January 26, it issued a statement, attributing the move to “the words of a single person: Donald Trump, the new President of the United States.”

It moved its clock less than a full minute for the first time in its history because he’s been president only for a few days.

It expressed concern over his wanting America’s nuclear arsenal expanded, his strident nationalism, his dismissiveness about climate change, his “intemperate statements,” and questionable appointments, potentially “ma(king) a bad international security situation worse.”

His actions during his first few days in office are great cause for concern. They signal more continuity than responsible change when the latter is so badly needed.


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