In Scathing Attack, CIA Director Brennan Warns Trump To "Watch What He Says"

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The departing CIA director John Brennan has launched a scathing attack on Donald Trump, warning the President-elect does not fully understand the threat posed to the US by Russia.

"I think Mr. Trump has to understand that absolving Russia of various actions it has taken in the past number of years is a road that he needs to be very, very careful about moving down."

As Reuters reports, Brennan's comments, during an interview on "Fox News Sunday," exposed the simmering tensions between the president-elect and the intelligence community he has criticized and is on the verge of commanding.

"Spontaneity is not something that protects national security interests and so therefore when he speaks or when he reacts, just make sure he understands that the implications and impact on the United States could be profound," Brennan said.



"It's more than just about Mr. Trump. It's about the United States of America."


"What I do find outrageous is equating intelligence community with Nazi Germany," Brennan said. "I do take great umbrage at that."

Brennan also questioned the message it sends to the world if the president-elect broadcasts he does not have confidence in the United States' own intelligence agencies.

"The world is watching now what Trump says and listening very carefully. If he doesn’t have confidence in the intelligence community, what signal does that send to our partners and allies as well as our adversaries?"


"There is no basis for Mr Trump to point fingers at the intelligence community for 'leaking' information that was already available publicly,"

Speaking earlier on Sunday, President Barack Obama's chief of staff Denis McDonough said the intelligence community was "staffed by an unbelievably cadre of professionals" and he dismissed the notion that they would seek to undermine Mr Trump's victory as the President-elect has suggested. As Jacob G. Hornberger warns:

In a truly remarkable bit of honesty and candor regarding the U.S. national-security establishment, new Senate minority leader Charles Schumer has accused President-elect Trump of “being really dumb.”… for taking on the CIA and questioning its conclusions regarding Russia.


“Let me tell you, you take on the intelligence community, they have six ways from Sunday at getting back at you…. He’s being really dumb to do this.”




No president since John F. Kennedy has dared to take on the CIA or the rest of the national security establishment […] They knew that if they opposed the national-security establishment at a fundamental level, they would be subjected to retaliatory measures.


Kennedy… After the Bay of Pigs, he vowed to tear the CIA into a thousand pieces and scatter them to the winds. He also fired CIA Director Allen Dulles, who, in a rather unusual twist of fate, would later be appointed to the Warren Commission to investigate Kennedy’s murder.


Kennedy’s antipathy toward the CIA gradually extended to what President Eisenhower had termed the military-industrial complex, especially when it proposed Operation Northwoods, which called for fraudulent terrorist attacks to serve as a pretext for invading Cuba, and when it suggested that Kennedy initiate a surprise nuclear attack on the Soviet Union.




Worst of all, from the standpoint of the national-security establishment, [Kennedy] initiated secret personal negotiations with Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev and Cuban leader Fidel Castro, both of whom, by this time, were on the same page as Kennedy.




Kennedy was fully aware of the danger he faced by taking on such a formidable enemy.

And, as we previously noted, to the extent that President Kennedy consciously stood up to the system, he paid the price for his attempt at independent wielding of power from the Oval Office.

It is a shuddering thought. A sharp lesson in history that must not be misinterpreted.

The implications for Trump are quite clear. If his refusal to take intelligence briefings, or follow CIA advice is serious, then serious consequences will follow. If Trump is serious about peace with Putin when they insist on war, there will be a problem.

The CIA director will likely be replaced by Mr Trump's pick Mike Pompeo next week.

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localsavage's picture

I doubt it will happen as Trump wants to stay alive but it would be great to see these assholes get the jail time they deserve.

Two-bits's picture

Fuck jail time. See my post below. The penalty for treason during time of war is death.

GGuy's picture
GGuy (not verified) Two-bits Jan 15, 2017 2:58 PM

Fuck off joo spook

Two-bits's picture

Ha ha cockscker. Wrong again.

Occident Mortal's picture

The only material threat to USA over the next 30 years is China. All other supposed threats are far to small to ever endanger the US. China is big. Even if Al Qaeda got an atomic bomb, it could not destroy the US or the US economy. China is big enough to slowly strangle the US economy.


Donald Trump is doing all he can to get inbetween China and Russia, because China + Russia is not a war the US can win.

Only a moron would seek to renegotiate the world order with China without first isolating them.


Putin is not Trump's BFF. But Putin is happy to eat a free lunch when he sees one. Putin's goal is a fractured Europe, a Europe he can dominate at the bargaining table. Putin is slowly winning in Europe. But this is of no concern to USA.


The threat to US is across the other Ocean.



But all of these theatre's and agents interplay in a huge and complex system governed by deterministic chaos.

erkme73's picture

The only material threat to the US is Washington, D.C. 

This guy lives in an echo-chamber.  He really believes the rest of the world looks up to us and our inteligence community.  That's the first sign he doesn't have a clue.

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The Saint (not verified) erkme73 Jan 15, 2017 3:05 PM

Obama's stooges need to be taught a lesson.  Tar and feather that MFer.


BullyBearish's picture

Is that the same warning they gave JFK??



kochevnik's picture

CIA is NAZI hive.  Friends of Soros

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OfAllElaboratePlans (not verified) kochevnik Jan 15, 2017 3:19 PM

When Obama security adviser John Brennan was sworn into office as chief of the Central Intelligence Agency, he put his hand not on a Bible, but on a copy of the Constitution – before it included the Bill of Rights.

The White House said of the controversial appointee, whose position in office was filibustered by Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul this week for nearly 13 hours, “Brennan was sworn in with his hand on an original draft of the Constitution, dating from 1787, which has George Washington’s personal handwriting and annotations on it.”

A report in the Weekly Standard said Vice President Joe Biden performed the ceremony in the White House Roosevelt Room.

The report also included an update from the blog, which noted the absence of the Bill of Rights.

“When Brennan vowed to protect and defend the Constitution, he was swearing on one that did not include the First, Fourth, Fifth, or Sixth Amendments – or any of the other amendments now included in our Constitution,” the report said. “The Bill of Rights did not become part of our Constitution until 1791, four years after the Constitution that Brennan took his oath on.”

Wrote the blogger, “These vows always carry a great deal of symbolism. And whether he meant to invoke this symbolism or not, the moment at which Brennan took over the CIA happened to exclude (in symbolic form, though presumably not legally) the key limits on governmental power that protect American citizens.”

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jeff montanye's picture

they are a spy agency right?  the biggest question they ever had to answer was: how much danger was the ussr?

in 1988 they said, in effect, "lots of danger, watch out, give us much more money"

in 1989 the ussr collapsed.

espirit's picture


Strange feeling that pressure put on Trump to divest association with Putin / Russia by U.S. intelligence community / MSM, is moar than meets the eye fact sheet. Threats, veiled or otherwise appear to be perceived deterrents by those in D.C. who would shun any illumination into their illegal and corrupt activities, thus a Trump / Putin alliance could very well expose many conspiritors.  


I imagine Putin has some dirt on a lot of DC SwampCreatures. (Marvel issue #27)




Be very afraid of the light, mofo's.


philipat's picture

"There is no basis for Mr Trump to point fingers at the intelligence community for 'leaking' information...".

Just as an aside, isn't that the perfect example the pot calling the kettle black?

Manthong's picture

Isn’t there a cage in Gitmo with his name on it?

PrayingMantis's picture


... blame my accent, but I pronounce his name "brain-none" ...


CuttingEdge's picture

Shove a mockingbird up this insidious cunt's ass.

Bubba Rum Das's picture

Brennan Guilty of Treason RE: 911/ Man behind approval of Visa status for nineteen 9/11 Hijackers; was CIA station Chief in Jedda; MUST READ!

Peter Baker and Mark Mazzetti write for The New York Times that “in the 67 years since the C.I.A. was founded, few presidents have had as close a bond with their intelligence chiefs as Mr. Obama has forged with Mr. Brennan. It is a relationship that has shaped the policy and politics of the debate over the nation’s war with terrorist organizations, as well as the agency’s own struggle to balance security and liberty.”

Given Obama’s special bond with Brennan, the latter is a Muslim convert, there are troubling national security implications.

Brennan’s questionable loyalty dates back to the terrorist attacks on 9/11.

On September 18, 2014, on the Ground Zero radio program, a whistle blower named Greg Ford of the 223rd Military Intelligence Battalion claimed that Brennan, as chief of the CIA station in Jeda, overrode concerns and ordered that the visas of the 19 plane-hijackers be stamped. At 1:32:47 into the interview, Ford talked about ISIS and how it was created. Someone called in with a question about 9/11. Ford said:

“All 19 high jackers? Where did they get their visas stamped before they came to this country to launch 9/11? They got their visas stamped in the CIA station in Jeda. And the second in command said ‘No way, absolutely we are not going to stamp those visas.’ And the fellow who was in charge, his name was John Brennan. He was the person who overrode those concerns and cautions and ordered those visas stamped in Jeda.”


Save_America1st's picture
CIA Director Brennan Warns Trump To "Watch What He Says"


~ said the treasonous, secret convert to islam, musloid, saudi cock sucker

SomebodySpecial's picture

"The departing CIA director"...nuf said!

True Blue's picture

They call themselves a 'spy agency' but what they really are, is an agency that makes up its own foreign policy; regardless of 'official' policy -then leaves the rest of us to deal with the consequences of their brash, hubristic and corrupt actions. They have not had one single success as a 'spy' agency -not one single intelligence coup in their entire history.

Publicly burn every one of those fuckers at the stake while making mea culpa's to the rest of the planet.


RiverRoad's picture

They have, however, done an excellent job of lining their pockets while burnishing the MIC.

Kokulakai's picture

@ "George Soros is about to have a nervous breakdown."

I hope Soros springs an intracranial leak.

And if he should happen to be in unbearable pain I hope they keep his non-communicative ass alive for years.

Bubba Rum Das's picture

Sen.Frank Church to NBC's 'Meet The Press', regarding the Church Committee/ Senatorial investigation on the CIA:

On August 17, 1975 Senator Frank Church appeared on NBC's Meet the Press, and discussed the NSA, without mentioning it by name:

“ In the need to develop a capacity to know what potential enemies are doing, the United States government has perfected a technological capability that enables us to monitor the messages that go through the air. (...) Now, that is necessary and important to the United States as we look abroad at enemies or potential enemies. We must know, at the same time, that capability at any time could be turned around on the American people, and no American would have any privacy left such is the capability to monitor everything—telephone conversations, telegrams, it doesn't matter. There would be no place to hide.

If this government ever became a tyranny, if a dictator ever took charge in this country, the technological capacity that the intelligence community has given the government could enable it to impose total tyranny, and there would be no way to fight back because the most careful effort to combine together in resistance to the government, no matter how privately it was done, is within the reach of the government to know. Such is the capability of this technology. (...)

I don't want to see this country ever go across the bridge. I know the capacity that is there to make tyranny total in America, and we must see to it that this agency and all agencies that possess this technology operate within the law and under proper supervision so that we never cross over that abyss. That is the abyss from which there is no return.[

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Chris Dakota (not verified) OfAllElaboratePlans Jan 15, 2017 3:37 PM

Brennan looks like a Jew to me.

BandGap's picture

He looks like one of those heads on Easter Island.

TBT or not TBT's picture

Brennan has, how shall we put it, Islamic sympathies.  Thus, no Bible.   This is the Obama administration people.  Context.  

beemasters's picture

"If he doesn’t have confidence in the intelligence community, what signal does that send to our partners and allies as well as our adversaries?"

Who does? You miscalculated thinking people will continue to believe and buy the BS you manufacture.

Hail Spode's picture

But they have necks, he does not!

Coldfire's picture

That is freaking funny. Thanks for the laugh.

Sanity Bear's picture

As does every other Irish raised Catholic who converted to Islam.

Koba the Dread's picture

And Barry Goldwater was a Jew, too. What's your point?

DomoJojo's picture

No need to ask that question. It is understood. And an understood fact.

IntTheLight's picture

I heard he's Muslim. He isn't Irish as his name implies. But then again, neither is John Kerry.

iwillikers's picture

The hand is on the Constitution is because he is a muslim.

John Brennan is completely unqualified to be Director of Central ...

Oct 26, 2016 - Brennan has also stated publicly that he visited Mecca, which is impossible for a non-Muslim to do unless he is a special guest of the Saudi ... Sam Rohrer: 'Muslim Brotherhood Is Throughout' Obama ...

Dec 28, 2016 - The American Pastors Network's Sam Rohrer claimed in a radio interview last week that CIA Director John Brennan is a “Muslim Brotherhood ...etc etc

ebworthen's picture

Hey Brennan, go fuck yourself!

Got life insurance?  Eh you fucking turd!?!?


weburke's picture

" Departing "  Glad to see the shit go.

what a mug on that trans.

Creative_Destruct's picture

 "There is no basis for Mr Trump to point fingers at the intelligence community for 'leaking' information that was already available publicly,"

HUH??? If there are supposedly no leaks, why did DNI Clapper experess to Trump his "profound dismay" at the leaks that are occurring!!??

Just WHAT about "Piss-Gate" was available "publically?????"

And the "information" these slimeballs have released is unsubstantiated INNUENDO without any substantive information (EVIDENCE) to back it up!!!

Trump's whole point is that they are smearing leaks WITHOUT real "INFORMATION."

This guy is a DEEP STATE lying, spinning scumbag who is blatantly trying to falsely re-frame the issue. He is an integral part of an orchestrated smear operation designed to delegitimize Trump and drain away his political capital. Period.


Kayman's picture

All opposition to this incessant lying by the Dirty Deep State monkeys is branded "Russian Trolls."  Diversion, the tool of propagandists.  

Fuck you lying Brennan.  Brennan=today's talking head Muppet on the CIA's Chris Wallace Puppet show.


Kirk2NCC1701's picture

Dec . 7, 2016.  CNN /"The Legacy of Barack Obama", interviewed by Zakaria... replayed on Fox's Greg Gutfeld Show, yesterday, Jan.14:

BHO: "The ability of ISIL to initiate major land offenses, that was not on my intelligence radar."

So, Brennan, you world-class intelligence fuck-up, or Salafist mole, WTF do you have to say for yourself?

Even your boss, BHO, says you're fucking worthless. You treasonous POS !

Creative_Destruct's picture

And these are the"intelligence" agencies whose assertions without evidence we are supposed to accept without question...

sgt_doom's picture

The very act of threatening an incoming president, by a CIA director, is highly, highly, highly actionable.

Brennan needs to do some serious jail time, far more than the patriot, John Kiriakou!

fleur de lis's picture

NAZI would be a step up.

The CIA is a collection of parasites, misfits, traitors, perverts, mercenaries, serial killers and general all around psychopaths.



KansasCrude's picture

You forgot drug queens.....heroin epedemic.....CIA