If you have not heard it yet, Comrade Prznint Stupid just yanked security clearances of his critics (most of whom did not have security clearances, so how’z that for playing Calvinball?) — most notably the clearance of former director of the CIA John Brennan.
— CNN Politics (@CNNPolitics) August 15, 2018
Notably, Comrade Trump has NOT yanked Michael Flynn’s security clearance, though he has plead guilty to lying to the FBI, so go figure.
This sums it up:
Obama era: John Brennan was in the Situation Room when they took out Osama bin Laden.
Trump era: Omarosa was in the Situation Room and took out her recording device.
Tells you which admin was equipped to make security clearance decisions and which one isn’t.
— Adam Best (@adamcbest) August 15, 2018
We’ve talked before about why the retired leaders of the assorted security apparatus keep their clearances, so you already know why this is a stupid move. Current CIA Director Mike Pompeo cannot talk to Brennan now for advice, it would be a security breach. So whatever intelligence and experience Brennan has just became inaccessible to the CIA and the rest of the various agencies.
It really is a win for Putin for the US to lose that kind of institutional knowledge.
UPDATE 1: And so it begins…
General Michael Hayden on CNN: "The W.H. just messaged the entire American Intelligence Community: if you stand up and say things that upset the president … he will punish you. And that is a horrible message to be sending to folks who are there to tell you objective truth."
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) August 16, 2018