, 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.”
“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.
“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.”
“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.
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: