The US Navy Commander William McRaven, who is popular for the act of planning the murder of Osama Bin Laden, asks the US President to withdraw the Security clearance of ex-CIA Chief John Brennan on Thursday.
The retired Navy admiral through an openly published letter in The Washington Post protected Brennan “one of the finest public servants I have ever known” and accused Trump of using “McCarthy-era tactics.”
Mr. McRaven said that “Few Americans have done more to protect this country than John.” “He is a man of unparalleled integrity, whose honesty and characters have never been in question, except by those who don’t know him,” added US Navy Commander.
He continued that “Therefore, I would consider it an honor if you would revoke my security clearance as well, so I can add my name to the list of men and women who have spoken up against your presidency.”
From 2011 to 2014, McRaven was the US Joint Special Operations Command head and supervised the SEAL raid, which killed Pakistan’s Osama Bin Laden in 2011.
McRaven said: “Like most Americans, I had hoped that when you became president, you would rise to the occasion and become the leader this great nation needs.” He added that “a good leader tries to embody the best qualities of his or her organization.
“A good leader always puts the welfare of others before him or her,” said McRaven. “Your leadership, however, has shown little of these qualities.”
“Through your actions, you have embarrassed us in the eyes of our children, humiliated us on the world stage and, worst of all, and divided us as a nation. If you think for a moment that your McCarthy-era tactics will suppress the voices of criticism, you are sadly mistaken,” said McRaven.
“The criticism will continue until you become the leader we prayed you would be,” he added.
On Wednesday, President withdrew the security clearance of Mr. Brennan and warned critics that they at any point of time can be blacklisted. Following the last month President’s summit with Russia’s Putin, Brennan, who led the CIA under Obama explained to US President’s behavior as “nothing short of treasonous.”
President Trump for his part alleged the former CIA Chief of pitching around “unfounded and outrageous allegations – wild outbursts on the internet and television – about this administration” and engaging in “increasingly frenzied commentary.”