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It’s About the Lying: On John Brennan, the CIA, and Torture

CIA chief John Brennan has admitted that his agents spied on the Senate Intelligence Committee panel set up to investigate torture practices deployed by the agency. (Image: flickr / cc / DonkeyHotey)

I don’t want to understate how seriously wrong it is that the CIA searched Senate computers. Our constitutional order is seriously out of whack when the executive branch acts with that kind of impunity — to its overseers, no less.

But given everything else that’s been going on lately, the single biggest — and arguably most constructive — thing to focus on is how outrageously CIA Director John Brennan lied to everyone about it.

“As far as the allegations of the CIA hacking into Senate computers, nothing could be further from the truth,” Brennan told NBC’s Andrea Mitchell in March. “We wouldn’t do that. I mean, that’s just beyond the, you know, the scope of reason in terms of what we do.”

Read the full article at The Intercept.

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Dan Froomkin

Dan Froomkin is a reporter, columnist and editor for The Intercept, with a focus on coverage of U.S. politics and media.

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