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Bernie Sanders, the CIA, and the national security state

Here’s spot-on Jacob Hornberger vis a vis Bernie Sanders and the state of the national security state in the 2016 campaign

as interesting as Sanders’ position was in the 1970s, what is arguably more interesting is the response to the Politico article by a man named Jeremy Bash, who currently serves an adviser to Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign.

Source: Sanders, Clinton, the CIA, and the JFK Assassination – The Future of Freedom Foundation

Bernie Sanders is a master of the sound byte.

To Chris Cuomo, he repudiated his 1974 call to abolish the CIA (and thus pre-empted the bleating of the punditry and blogosphere if he did not). At the same time, he stuck to his principles without splittng the difference.

To me he sounds like a guy from Brooklyn. Oh wait.

But let me tell you this, I do have concerns about past activities of the CIA.

Source: Sanders: I No Longer Want To Abolish The CIA, But “I Have A Lot Of Problems” With Their Activities, Past And Present | Video | RealClearPolitics

Esquire dismantles Politico on Sanders’ ‘extreme’ views of CIA

Despite Crowley’s best attempts to turn what Bernie Sanders said four decades ago into a Strawberry Alarm Clock lyric, more than a few Very Serious People down through history have thought the CIA was a bad concept that became, in practice, a truly terrible idea. That this position today can be caricatured as something “extreme” is a measure of how sheeplike the nation has become with regard to its national security.

Source: Politico on Bernie Sanders’ ‘Extreme’ Views on CIA

Bernie channels Harry: In call to abolish CIA, Sanders followed in footsteps of Truman

Bernie Sanders is in good company.

In 1945 Harry Truman initially rejected proposals for a peacetime secret intelligence agency saying he didn’t want to create “an American Gestapo.”

In 1961 John F. Kennedy famously described his desire to “splinter the CIA into a thousand pieces and scatter it into the winds” after the disastrous Bay of Pigs invasion of Cuba.

In 1963, a month after JFK was killed under suspicious circumstances–and the CIA’s cover-up of malfeasance in the wrongful death of the president was just beginning–Truman called for the abolition of the clandestine service. Read more