Paul Kengor 9-27-16
With a CIA director like his, why not?
A fascinating tidbit was reported by CNN: Barack Obama’s CIA director, John Brennan, recently reminisced about being asked a standard question for a security clearance in his early days applying to the agency: Had he ever worked with or for a group that was dedicated to overthrowing the United States of America? Of course, one group dedicated to overthrowing America had been Lenin’s group, Stalin’s group, Khrushchev’s group, Brezhnev’s group — Communist Party USA.Yeah, but that couldn’t have any relevance here, right?
Think again. Brennan certainly did. He thought soberly.
“I froze,” Brennan recalled, as he shared the moment at the annual conference of the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation. “This was back in 1980, and I thought back to a previous election where I voted, and I voted for the Communist Party candidate.”
Really? That must have raised an eyebrow even among the Congressional Black Caucus, some members of which are to the left of Gus Hall, Communist Party USA’s longtime general secretary.
Remember ol’ Gus? Sure. He ran for president on the Communist Party ticket in the 1970s and 1980s, along with his delightful veep, angry Angela Davis — who, incidentally, is no stranger to the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation.
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