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Kit Bond says White House adviser John Brennan 'needs to go'

By Scott Wilson
The debate over the White House's handling of the Christmas Day bomber is growing increasingly nasty and personal.

In an interview with National Review Online, Sen. Christopher S. Bond (R-Mo.) says that Obama's top counter-terrorism adviser, John O. Brennan, "needs to go." Bond said the former CIA veteran is no longer "credible" on national security matters.

The comments followed by several hours the publication of an op-ed Brennan wrote for USA Today in which he stated that "politically motivated criticism and unfounded fear-mongering only serve the goals of al-Qaeda."

Brennan did not mention the Republican Party or the GOP senators who have been the sharpest critics of Obama's decisions surrounding Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, the Nigerian who allegedly tried to bomb a Northwest Airlines flight bound for Detroit on Christmas Day.

But he did not mince words in defending the White House decision to charge Abdulmutallab as a civilian rather than as an "enemy combatant," saying for interrogation purposes there was little distinction between the two.

The White House has been aggressively seeking to counter GOP assertions that it missed an opportunity to gain valuable intelligence against al-Qaeda in Yemen, where Abdulmutallab trained and received a sophisticated explosives device that he hid beneath his clothes, by reading the suspect his Miranda rights.

Bond, the vice chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, has made that claim several times -- even after, the White House says, it informed him that Abdulmutallab was divulging important information to interrogators after his family was brought in from Nigeria to encourage him to do so.

Brennan, who served in the top ranks of the CIA during the Bush administration, began his op-ed by stating that "too many in Washington are now misrepresenting the facts to score political points."

In his comments to National Review Online, Bond says he found Brennan's op-ed "baffling" and that it is evidence of the "political mess at the White House" that he said is putting the country in jeopardy. Brennan's firing, Bond says, would be part of the solution.

The issue has emerged as an important one at the start of this midterm election year.

In a Washington Post-ABC News poll published Wednesday, a majority of respondents said they support Obama's handling of terrorism. At the same time, though, a majority opposes the administration's plan to try terrorism suspects such as Abdulmutallab in federal civilian courts rather than in military tribunals.

By Web Politics Editor  |  February 10, 2010; 10:16 AM ET
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Where do we stand in the investigation of Brennan and the break in to cleanse Obama's passport files prior to the primary. This does not seem to be getting much coverage in the liberal media.

"Obama's Intelligence Adviser Involved in Security Breach

"Obama’s top terrorism and intelligence adviser, John O. Brennan, heads a firm that was cited in March for breaching sensitive files in the State Department’s passport office, according to a State Department Inspector General’s report released this past July.

The security breach, first reported by the Washington Times and later confirmed by State Department spokesman Sean McCormack, involved a contract employee of Brennan’s firm, The Analysis Corp., which has earned millions of dollars providing intelligence-related consulting services to federal agencies and private companies.

During a State Department briefing on March 21, 2008, McCormack confirmed that the contractor had accessed the passport files of presidential candidates Barack Obama, Hillary Rodham Clinton, and John McCain, and that the inspector general had launched an investigation.

Sources who tracked the investigation tell Newsmax that the main target of the breach was the Obama passport file, and that the contractor accessed the file in order to “cauterize” the records of potentially embarrassing information.

“They looked at the McCain and Clinton files as well to create confusion,” one knowledgeable source told Newsmax. “But this was basically an attempt to cauterize the Obama file.”

At the time of the breach, Brennan was working as an unpaid adviser to the Obama campaign."

Most recently:

A key witness in a federal probe into passport information stolen from the State Department was fatally shot in front of a District church, the Metropolitan Police Department said yesterday.

Lt. Quarles Harris Jr., 24, who had been cooperating with a federal investigators, was found late Thursday night slumped dead inside a car, in front of the Judah House Praise Baptist Church in Northeast, said Cmdr. Michael Anzallo, head of the department's Criminal Investigations Division.

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2008/apr/19/key-witness-in-passport-fraud-case-fatally-shot/

Posted by: Bubbette1 | February 14, 2010 3:52 PM | Report abuse

This is actually quite comical, Kit Bond gives and opinion on the performance of and Obama cabinet member and the Obama spin machine attacks Bond offering no evidenciary counters to Bond's comments. All of this counter to Obamas calls for civility. It seems that the child Preident is incapable of practicing what he preaches. A lesson no doubt picked up from his mentor Jerry Wright.

Posted by: jonweiss1 | February 12, 2010 6:58 AM | Report abuse

It is wrong for Gibbs to 'Go SNL on someone, anyone not on the Government Dole'.

Posted by: RayOne | February 11, 2010 2:05 PM | Report abuse

Gotta love the Post comments. Blame Bush for everything!!! Brilliant.

Posted by: WilliamPenn | February 10, 2010 10:10 PM | Report abuse

I agree, he needs to go. He talks about the fear of Americans. Those of us that have not forgot 9/11, are certainly concerned about these terrorists coming in & treated like citizens that are doing criminal things. I do not even live in New York but I have never been so afraid for all of of us everywhere & you Mr. Brennan & Janet Napolitano & Eric Holder & Obama want to act like 9/11 was nothing. That to me is how you measure the respect for the United States of America & our Constitution, & that is why all of you have no business making decisions for our country. We are proud Americans & any one that thinks 9/11 was not something that we should have learned from & remember forever. If anyone in the United States that disagrees with that needs to move somewhere else. Because these people hate us & have every intention of destroying & if Obama & his people like Brennan & Holder & the rest of his cronies think any different they need to step aside & let us have someone in these positions especially the leader of the free world to look after us & stand up for us & for our rights, not for the terrorists who have no rights on American soil. Obama needs to get rid of a lot of his people & this business of recess should be out of the question because the majority of people he has put in powerful positions have been total screw ups. He was against recess when Bush did it, Ted Kennedy, his buddy, said it was illegal, & that little weasel Reid needs to sit down & shut up.

Posted by: egw7777 | February 10, 2010 9:11 PM | Report abuse

I agree, he needs to go. He talks about the fear of Americans. Those of us that have not forgot 9/11, are certainly concerned about these terrorists coming in & treated like citizens that are doing criminal things. I do not even live in New York but I have never been so afraid for all of of us everywhere & you Mr. Brennan & Janet Napolitano & Eric Holder & Obama want to act like 9/11 was nothing. That to me is how you measure the respect for the United States of America & our Constitution, & that is why all of you have no business making decisions for our country. We are proud Americans & any one that thinks 9/11 was not something that we should have learned from & remember forever. If anyone in the United States that disagrees with that needs to move somewhere else. Because these people hate us & have every intention of destroying & if Obama & his people like Brennan & Holder & the rest of his cronies think any different they need to step aside & let us have someone in these positions especially the leader of the free world to look after us & stand up for us & for our rights, not for the terrorists who have no rights on American soil. Obama needs to get rid of a lot of his people & this business of recess should be out of the question because the majority of people he has put in powerful positions have been total screw ups. He was against recess when Bush did it, Ted Kennedy, his buddy, said it was illegal, & that little weasel Reid needs to sit down & shut up.

Posted by: egw7777 | February 10, 2010 9:11 PM | Report abuse

Kit Bond, you and your ilk have tried to keep American's scared for nine years. I'm sick of it. Bin Laden must have scared you about to death and you and your Cheney ilk plan to terrorize the country to make political hay. I'm sick of it.

Terrorism has been a chronic condition since Munich and the plane hijackings in the 70's or has your memory gone, too?

Everything Bush and Cheny did after 9-11 was a failure, counterproductive and useful only as a recruiting tool. You and your ilk are the reason we are in the mess we are in. Thousands of Americans, Iraqis dead for NOTHING.

How about a little responsibility, some mea culpa, old man????

Posted by: edismae | February 10, 2010 2:33 PM | Report abuse

BRENNAN: VOICE OF REASON RESISTING A HARD-RIGHT CABAL?

Could Brennan's internal opposition to ongoing Bush-era atrocities explain hard-right attacks on a former Bush CIA official who apparently respects human rights and rejects the dictates of an extremist cabal?

FED CELL TOWER MICROWAVE WEAPON SYSTEM SILENTLY ASSAULTS, TORTURES, IMPAIRS EXTRAJUDICIALLY 'TARGETED' AMERICANS, SAYS VETERAN JOURNALIST

• Regional Homeland Security- administered fusion centers use a nationwide microwave/laser electromagnetic microwave/laser "directed energy" weapon system to silently assault, impair, subjugate, torture unconstitutionally "targeted" Americans and their families -- an American genocide hiding in plain sight.

• Victims' own cell phones may be used to target them for silent impairment.

• How a young FBI agent's "I believe you" gave victim the faith to go public.

JOURNALIST EXPOSING ONGOING MICROWAVE TORTURE DESCRIBES LATEST ATTACK (see "comments"):

http://nowpublic.com/world/u-s-silently-tortures-americans-cell-tower-microwaves

http://nowpublic.com/world/gestapo-usa-govt-funded-vigilante-network-terrorizes-america

OR NowPublic.com/scrivener ("stories" list) OR poynter.org/subject.asp?id=2

Posted by: scrivener50 | February 10, 2010 1:19 PM | Report abuse

Brennan is using language eerily similar to what Republicans and the Bush White House were using against Democrats critical of the war on terror. GOP can dish it out but they can't take it...

http://www.political-buzz.com/

Posted by: parkerfl1 | February 10, 2010 12:42 PM | Report abuse

I remember when Kitt Bond was my governor. What a sorry enemy of freedom this fascist idiot is. He should be dragged out of the Senate by the neck and charged with treason.
Of course the same should be done with the other 99 traitors in the Senate.

Posted by: brattykathyi1 | February 10, 2010 12:37 PM | Report abuse

Sen. Bond is from the Showme State,(my State) he does not rush to judgment like some above. If he says Mr. Brennan should go, then goodbye to MR. Brennan. Don't throw our Senator under the Bus for the remarks of Sen Demint and his kind. Mr. Demint has trouble chewing gum and speaking let alone thinking.

Posted by: rai1 | February 10, 2010 12:35 PM | Report abuse

At best Brennan has misrepresented the facts, at worst he has outright lied. He has been contradicted by every antiterrorist department leader in the administration from the CIA, DIA, FBI and DHS. All of those on the hill whom he says he briefed have disputed his statements. Brennan is the one carrying the political message here. Despite an illustrious career, he has compromised his integrity to the point that he can no longer serve.

Posted by: johne37179 | February 10, 2010 12:33 PM | Report abuse

I lived in Missouri at the beginning of Bond's career. He was a Neanderthal then, and he's a cave man now. I am insulting our human forebears. The truth is that he is as oppositional as the Republicans get but he tries to stay under the radar, unlike Boehner or McConnell. I would challenge anyone who suggests that Bond knows what he is talking about: He doesn't. He is a pure narcissistic ideologue who cannot distinguish fact from opinion.

Posted by: bert8 | February 10, 2010 12:08 PM | Report abuse

Well, I say "Christopher Bond needs to go." Interview me and I'll give you a better story. Follow his money and his pharma contibutions.

Party of "no."

Think about it.

Posted by: bs2004 | February 10, 2010 12:04 PM | Report abuse

Brennan tells the truth, get's the job done, know's what he is talking about.

That's it Senator Kit Bond and his band of GOP Taliban want him removed.

Senator Bond , you and your GOP liars are playing politics with our national security, and you got caught with your "pants on the ground".

A suspect will either talk, or not talk. Doesn't make any difference who holds the keys to the cell. Our FBI is the best in the world. For the past 8 years under Bush
the FBI arrested and prosecuted these people and over 100 terrorist are in max jails in our country.

You Senator Bond and your fellow Republicans waging a fear mongering campaign, are waving the "white flag of surrender" to Al Qaeda.

You and your fellow Republicans owe the President, the FBI and the entire country an apology.

Posted by: COWENS99 | February 10, 2010 12:04 PM | Report abuse

Every one of us should be challenging the Republican narative. They want to turn this whole country into a military tribunal. They hate Americans and they hate the rights GUARANTEED in the Constitution. Republicans think those rights should be applied arbitrarily and not set in stone for EVERYONE. They are trying to destroy our country and trying to take away our rights so we cannot stand up to the corporate oligarchy. All they have to do is call someone a terrorist and poof, you have no right to a jury trial, no right to confront witnesses, no right to hear the charges against you and no right to challenge those charges. The Republicans see America as a terrorist nation. Every crime could be considered terrorism, and that is exactly where we're headed.

Posted by: HilaryLo | February 10, 2010 11:52 AM | Report abuse

The only thing "baffling" Bond is your stupidity as well as that of the GOP.

Fearmongering is dead - it went with George Bush and his s--t!

The American people are not as stupid as
Bond and the GOP, and they will not buy
into this crap.

The Obama Administration did the right thing regarding the Christmas bomber,
SO STOP THE LIES. Bush and company
did the same with over 300 suspected terrorists.

The real terrorists and threats to our country are the members of the GOP.

Posted by: Sirius2 | February 10, 2010 11:49 AM | Report abuse

bond needs to go.. he's delusional

Posted by: newagent99 | February 10, 2010 11:35 AM | Report abuse

Bonds word ring hollow since no one was fired after 9/11 nor did he call for anyone to be fired. After Pearl Harbor there was a comission report in 6mo and heads rolled.

Posted by: MerrillFrank | February 10, 2010 11:32 AM | Report abuse

Incredible example of shooting the messenger!

A top rank CIA guy from W's reign is no longer credible because he dares to speak truth to power. Oh yes, and he now works for the "other party's" Commander in Chief.

If you can't argue from reason and logic, then attack the guy as a bad bad man who "has to go".

Too sad. He is entitled to his own opinion, but not to his own facts.

Hold the feet to the fire.

From the news report, Bond's answer is

Posted by: stevek2 | February 10, 2010 11:28 AM | Report abuse

bond needs to go.. he's delusional

Posted by: newagent99 | February 10, 2010 11:25 AM | Report abuse

Bond doubles-down on a lie.

Posted by: lostinthemiddle | February 10, 2010 10:55 AM | Report abuse

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