John Brennan, assistant to the President for Homeland Security, in the Situation Room. Photo: Pete Souza / White House
Deputy National Security Adviser for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism John Brennan’s report to President Obama seemed the essence of candor. What was released to the public on January 7, 2010, seemed hard hitting and provided the illusion that Brennan had gotten to the bottom of what went wrong on Christmas Day with America’s intelligence apparatus. But like TSA and the rest of the airline security illusion, the Brennan report is another fairy tale told to make us feel better. Continue reading Trento’s Take: The CIA and Airline Security: The Dots No One Wants to Connect
Imagine being in the Armed Forces and assigned to Iraq. You arrive in Iraq, go into brand new barracks built by KBR, step in the shower, are electrocuted, and die.
In Balad, Iraq, you go outside – wars require that – and breath in a toxic chemical stew emanating from giant burn pits all courtesy of KBR. Maybe you were deployed by your state National Guard unit early in the war; you were ordered to guard a facility near Basra, and you discovered that KBR did not make the facility safe, even though that was their job. In fact they did such a poor job of cleaning up the place that you find out those symptoms you came down with back in Iraq – the nose bleeds and breathing problems – are now terminal cancer.
That is the world of KBR.
Continue reading Trento’s Take: KBR: The Pentagon’s Imaginary Friend
Photo: Jean-Etienne Poirrier
It’s official – New York is so broke the state has now turned itself into a science experiment with the people becoming one big collective lab rat. The bad news is the researchers running the experiment come from Wall Street and Texas. Continue reading Trento’s Take: The Perils of New York’s Gas For Cash
Major Nidal Hasan Photo: Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences
The Army and FBI versions of Major Nidal Hasan’s history do not add up. When American intelligence notified the Joint Terrorism Task Force in Washington last December that the major was sending e-mail questions to a radical cleric in Yemen, the Defense Department investigator allegedly pulled Hasan’s personnel file, read the e-mails and decided nothing was wrong. The cleric, Anwar-al-Awlaki, had counseled three of the 9/11 hijackers during the same time frame that Hasan had attended his mosque in Falls Church, VA. Awlaki has remained a target of American surveillance continuously since it let him leave the country in 2002. Now preaching hate in the friendly confines of Yemen, Awlaki’s activities are known to U.S. intelligence in painful detail. Continue reading Trento’s Take: Who Kept Major Hassan In The Army and For What Real Purpose?