Ex-CIA Chief Brennan on Trump’s Travel Ban: ‘Too Simplistic, Misguided’

Newsmax, by Brian Freeman, April 4, 2017:

President Donald Trump’s executive order banning travel from certain countries is “too simplistic and misguided” to be effective, former CIA Director John Brennan told BBC’s “Newsnight.”

Although Brennan agreed “it is very important that there be measures taken to protect countries from individuals who may be trying to enter the borders for terrorist purposes,” Trump’s executive order will alienate many foreigners who “are going to see that as profiling specific nationalities.”

Brennan said Trump’s entire plan is counterproductive, because “citizens from those countries who have very legitimate reason to travel to the United States — family, personal, professional, educational — I think are really going to see this as reflecting a different approach and a different tone from the United States which has prided itself over our 241 years of welcoming people from all walks of life and all countries.”

Brennan, who led the CIA from 2013 until the end of the Obama administration, was also critical of Trump’s use of the phrase “radical Islamic terrorism.”

“When you refer to the terrorist as following radical Islam, it legitimizes the terrorist in terms of that they’re actually carrying out a legitimate tenet of the Islamic faith and they’re not,” Brennan said.

In addition, Brennan lashed out at Trump’s denigration of U.S. intelligence agencies.

“Intelligence professionals…. take great pride in their work,” Brennan said. “But when there is baseless criticism and impugning the integrity and the mission of intelligence officers, yeah — intelligence professionals take umbrage at that and will continue to do so.”

When asked why he was so critical of Trump’s speech in front of the CIA memorial wall the day after his inauguration, Brennan said:

“That wall of honor is hallowed ground for the agency…. When I saw Mr. Trump up there talking about politics, it really struck a nerve… I felt I had to give voice to the concerns of agency officers” who did not feel that was proper.

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Brennan’s bemoaning the “impugning of the integrity and the mission of intelligence officers” is a bit rich after the recent revelations on surveillance, unmasking and leaking.

Meanwhile, Muslim countries don’t seem to be concerned with how they are perceived when they ban other Muslims. Lets see how “simplistic” they are:

2 thoughts on “Ex-CIA Chief Brennan on Trump’s Travel Ban: ‘Too Simplistic, Misguided’

  1. Trump’s executive order will alienate many foreigners who “are going to see that as profiling specific nationalities.” I take issue with this comment by former CIA Director John Brennan and by anyone else. The truth is the Muslim world and the Islamic ideologies are the cause of the terrorism and the Terrorist attacks we and others around the world are experiencing and forced to deal with. America knows and understands this, as does the world around us. It is clear to the majority of the worlds population that the root of Radical Islam and its threat of jihad is intrinsic in the Muslim community. Knowing what we know it becomes understandable and both morally and judicially correct to profile any and all Muslims. If the muslims have issues with the U.S. travel ban their recourse should only be to return to where they came from. They are not American citizens have no rights here in America.

  2. Well true moderates can be let in but refugees and radicals, no. Where was Brennan when Obama was doing his muslim brotherhood/kgb thing? Brennan himself is a convert to Islam.

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