Misleading Security Clearance Revocation Story

canadafreepress.com | 8/19/2018 | Douglas V. Gibbs
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I don’t normally watch the alphabet networks or liberal left media outlets. While up north in Oregon, however, a person I am visiting is fond of NBC. During a commercial earlier in the day, yesterday, advertising the upcoming episode of the network’s NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt, the host looked me in the eye through the camera lens and my television screen and said, “The president is revoking security clearances of government officials who criticize him.”

What?

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If I was not politically savvy, and that was all I was hearing, I’d probably hate President Trump, too. Except, the statement was not altogether truthful. There’s more to the story than Lester Holt was revealing.

I imagined the average viewer hearing what Holt said, and thinking, “Gosh, that blankety-blank President Trump is punishing people who dare to be critical of him - what a narcissistic tyrant.”

Except, as I said earlier, that’s not entirely true.

The whole brouhaha began when White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders announced on Trump’s behalf that the administration would revoke Brennan’s security clearance, saying he “has a history that calls in to question his objectivity and credibility.”

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“Mr. Brennan has recently leveraged his status as a former high ranking official with access to highly sensitive information to make a series of unfounded and outrageous allegations, wild outbursts on the internet and television about this administration.”

“I have a unique constitutional responsibility to protect the nation’s classified information, including by controlling access to it. Today, in fulfilling that responsibility, I have decided to revoke the security clearance of John Brennan, former director of the Central Intelligence Agency,” Trump said in the statement dictated in the White House briefing room by his press secretary Sarah Sanders. “Mr. Brennan’s lying and recent conduct characterized by increasingly frenzied commentary is wholly inconsistent with access to the...
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