Judicial Watch has announced a lawsuit against the CIA seeking the transcript of a May 2012 conference call “between then-Obama counterterrorism adviser John Brennan and select TV terrorism consultants.”
The call regarded “a foiled terrorism plot to bomb a U.S. aircraft scheduled to fly from Yemen to the United States.”
The breadth of information Brennan conveyed in the call is important to the public and to the Associated Press (AP). Attorney General Eric Holder justified seizing AP phone records based on details the AP released about the foiled terror plot.
Holder claims the AP’s disclosure of the failed terror plot “put Americans at risk.” However, Reuters suggested the White House, via Brennan, “may have inadvertently broken the news they needed most to contain.”
Although on May 7, 2012, the AP reported that a terror “plot by Al Qaeda’s affiliate in Yemen” had been foiled,” during the conference call Brennan is alleged to have told TV commentators the plot “was never a threat to the U.S. public or air safety because Washington had ‘inside control’ over it.” The emphasis on “inside control” seems to have led to the outing of a “secret joint U.S.-British-Saudi undercover counterterrorism operation.”
To date, the Obama admin has stonewalled on releasing details of Brennan’s call.
Judicial Watch president Tom Fitton suggests: “One might conclude that the cover-up related to this antiterrorism briefing has something to do with minimizing the controversy of their extraordinary investigation in the Associated Press over its reporting on the topic covered in this very same briefing.”
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