“Whoever would overthrow the liberty of a nation must begin by subduing the freeness of speech.” — Benjamin Franklin
— CIA apologists pushing back against criticism: Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R-GA) defended CIA Director John Brennan in an appearance on CBS News’ Face the Nation after the Agency admitted to spying on Senate Intelligence Committee staffers. “If I thought John Brennan knew about this then…certainly we’d be calling for his resignation,” said Chambliss. “But I will tell you that these five staffers that did this — if they worked for me, they’d be gone now. But the accountability board has been convened, and they will be looking into this, and they will be dealt with accordingly.” Chambliss also defended torture techniques, specifically waterboarding, and claimed that the Senate’s probe into the CIA’s use of those methods is partisan. Research, however, shows that torture isn’t as effective as the likes of Chambliss and others suggest. President Obama said on Friday that he has “full confidence” in Brennan.