CIA Chief: “The War On Terror Will Never End”

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Central Intelligence Agency boss John Brennan took part in a question and answer session at Harvard last week. The most important thing to take away from the event is that the nation’s top intelligence official does not believe the war on terror will ever end.

The Director of Central Intelligence (DCI) was surprisingly candid (for a man who lies for a living) when he answered questions regarding the likelihood of the disastrous War on Terror ever ending. He ham-handedly attempted to stick to the tired old clichés and talking points, but he was open and honest about one fact: America’s sons and daughters will continue to die under this ill-conceived foreign policy for “millennia” to come. To be sure, there were plenty of statements regarding how terrorists are evildoers, that they hate us for our freedom, that we have to fight them over there or we’ll fight them here, and that it’s technology’s fault; but observers could tell that even the DCI didn’t believe the intended soundbytes.

When questioned on when the War on Terror will end, Brennan said:

“It’s a long war, unfortunately. But it’s been a war that has been in existence for millennia, at the same time—the use of violence for political purposes against noncombatants by either a state actor or a subnational group.

Terrorism has taken many forms over the years. What is more challenging now is, again, the technology that is available to terrorists, the great devastation that can be created by even a handful of folks, and also mass communication that just proliferates all of this activity and incitement and encouragement.

There is evil in the world and some people just want to kill for the sake of killing…This is something that, whether it’s from this group right now or another group, I think the ability to cause damage and violence and kill will be with us for many years to come.

The DCI refuses to acknowledge any legitimate policy concerns of the opposition, which is of course setting the stage for an endless war by removing the possibility of changing the political climate. Without entertaining the idea for a policy shift, the only option left is war. So as long as mass communication exists and the US continues to funnel arms into the region, the war will continue.

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Government agents ‘directly involved’ in most high-profile US terror plots

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Nearly all of the highest-profile domestic terrorism plots in the United States since 9/11 featured the “direct involvement” of government agents or informants, a new report says.

Some of the controversial “sting” operations “were proposed or led by informants”, bordering on entrapment by law enforcement. Yet the courtroom obstacles to proving entrapment are significant, one of the reasons the stings persist.

The lengthy report, released by Human Rights Watch, raises questions about the US criminal justice system’s ability to respect civil rights and due process in post-9/11 terrorism cases. It portrays a system that features not just the sting operations but secret evidence, anonymous juries, extensive pretrial detentions and convictions significantly removed from actual plots.

“In some cases the FBI may have created terrorists out of law-abiding individuals by suggesting the idea of taking terrorist action or encouraging the target to act,” the report alleges.

Out of the 494 cases related to terrorism the US has tried since 9/11, the plurality of convictions – 18% overall – are not for thwarted plots but for “material support” charges, a broad category expanded further by the 2001 Patriot Act that permits prosecutors to pursue charges with tenuous connections to a terrorist act or group.

The report focuses primarily on 27 cases and accordingly stops short of drawing systemic conclusions. It also finds several trials and convictions for “deliberate attempts at terrorism or terrorism financing” that it does not challenge.

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