Months after dismissing allegations of wrongdoing, CIA chief John Brennan apologized to Sen. Dianne Feinstein and acknowledged that some CIA officers improperly accessed Senate staff computers used to compile a report on the agency’s interrogation tactics after 9/11. Some policymakers are demanding Brennan’s resignation, saying the breach violates the separation of powers. The White House has defended Brennan. Do you trust the intelligence community to keep the nation safe while respecting freedoms, or does this incident alarm you?
We have no separation of powers.
All power is invested in the Obama White House. He has seized everything.
Obama came in with the pledge to stop the spying that occurred under Bush but instead has increased it.
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Why not spy on the Senate? The CIA, FBI and NSA spy on all activities. They spy on us and our allies.
Why not lie about spying? Lying is standard operating procedure in the Obama administration about anything and everything they want to cover up.
— Walter H. Delashmit, Justin
A possible movie plot?
A Senate subcommittee is about to release findings of its multiyear probe into the CIA’s treatment of terrorism suspects. They discover that the CIA is illegally spying on their research, but the CIA angrily denies it.
Truth prevails and John Brennan’s CIA embarrassingly admits guilt.
Now, our president enters the scene and tells us on camera that after 9/11, “We tortured some folks. We did some things that were contrary to our values.” The White House then confirms support for Brennan.
Wait a second — this plot is too familiar to be of any interest and eerily contains too many Watergate similarities.
— Patrick Jenkins, Arlington
It’s difficult to keep trust in the intelligence community when they act like voyeurs and intrude by violating the separation of powers.
The CIA has perpetually been clandestine and Chief John Brennan’s apologies are merely “Wag The Dog” protocol.
He simply was exposed. Since there’s practically no overseer, everyone is fair game. They invaded the Senate staff computers and their buffet of information, all in the name of security!
Even though the White House defends Brennan, he ought to indict himself for his wrongdoing, excuse himself from the CIA position and resign post haste. Oh, sure, let him have his benefits.
— Fred Ream, Fort Worth
Who would trust any person or group that operates in complete secrecy and yet from their dark dens is granted total access to everyone’s no-longer-private life?
The CIA is such an agency, with license to kill within unknown limits. It has collected monstrous data banks from worldwide surveillance. This does not make our nation safer, but only more vulnerable.
Brennan has admitted lying in the past. We are not so fearful that we need his sneaky leadership.
— Betty W. Fay, Fort Worth