“And ye shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free.”
As Ted Koppel once famously said : “Governments lie. They do it all the time. And, much as we’d like to believe otherwise, the US government is no exception. There were times when we may have believed otherwise. But after Vietnam and Watergate, we know better.” (July 1, 1992, ABC News) And yet, some lies are clearly more disgusting than others. Which of these four lies — which Intel Today discussed over the last 12 months– do you find the most outrageous? Follow us on Twitter: @INTEL_TODAY
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A — The Horowitz Report has revealed that the FBI — under the leadership of James Comey — repeatedly lied to the FISA courts in order to secure warrants to investigate members of US president’s inner circle.
Reacting to the damning revelation, Comey admitted on “Fox News Sunday” (December 15 2019) that he was wrong to defend the bureau’s use of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act process when applying for a warrant to monitor Carter Page.
“He was right, I was wrong,” Comey told the Fox News host Chris Wallace. “I was overconfident, as director, in our procedures. And it’s important that a leader be accountable and transparent. If I were still director, I’d be saying the same thing that [FBI Director Christopher Wray] is saying, which is that we are going to get to the bottom of this, because the most important question is, is it systemic? Are there problems in other cases?”
However, James Comey could not resist to lie once more to the American people. Without an ounce of irony, Comey told this extraordinary whopper:
“It is incredibly hard to get a FISA.”
Seriously? Between 1979 and 2015 — the first thirty-six years of the FISA Courts existence—federal agencies submitted 38,169 ex parte requests to the court.
The FISA judges granted 38,154 directly and an other 634 after slight modifications of the requests. Only 17 were denied. The “win rate” of the executive is an astonishing 99.96%.
The executive always wins because the FISA courts are kangaroo courts with a rubber stamp.
B — The Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons sent a team of experts to investigate allegations that a chemical attack took place in the Syrian city of Douma on the 7th of April 2018.
The attack in question was widely attributed to the Syrian Army, based on reports by rebel forces that were present in Douma at the time, and this assertion was backed up by the United States, British and French governments.
The OPCW report states that their conclusion is:
“based on the high levels of various chlorinated organic derivatives detected in environmental samples”.
An internal OPCW email indicates that the chemical weapons watchdog’s leadership doctored the report on the 2018 Douma incident to bring it in line with West-favored claim that it was an attack by the Syrian government.
In truth, we now know they were only present in parts per billion range, as low as 1-2 ppb, which is essentially trace quantities.
C — On April 15 2019, Mike Pompeo participated in a Q&A discussion at Texas A&M University. Pompeo could not resist telling his audience how proud he is to have served as Director of the CIA.
When asked how the State Department balances condemnations with concessions in diplomacy with a controversial government, Pompeo answered:
“What’s the cadet motto at West Point? You will not lie, cheat, or steal, or tolerate those who do. I was the CIA director. We lied, we cheated, we stole. We had entire training courses. It reminds you of the glory of the American experiment.”
D — On May 23, 2017, when testifying before the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, former CIA director John Brennan categorically denied that the US Intelligence Community relied on the infamous Steele dossier for the Intelligence Community Assessment report on Russiagate.
Here is the full exchange with former Rep. Trey Gowdy:
Mr. Gowdy: Do you know who commissioned the Steele dossier?
Mr. Brennan: I don’t.
Mr. Gowdy: Did the CIA rely on it?
Mr. Brennan: No.
Mr. Gowdy: Why not?
Mr. Brennan: Because we — we didn’t. It wasn’t part of the corpus of intelligence information that we had. It was not in any way used as a basis for the Intelligence Community assessment that was done.
Inspector General investigators asked former FBI Director James Comey if he remembered discussions with Brennan on presenting the dossier to Obama.
Comey said Brennan argued it was “important” enough to include in the ICA — clearly part of the “corpus of intelligence information” they had. [Page 179 of the IG report]
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