Doesn't this come right out of the spy agencies' playbooks, to lie, deny, and make counter-allegations?
"It is hard to believe anything Mr. Brennan says. Last year, he bluntly denied that the C.I.A. had illegally hacked into the computers of Senate staff members conducting an investigation into the agency’s detention and torture programs when, in fact, it did. In 2011, when he was President Obama’s top counterterrorism adviser, he claimed that American drone strikes had not killed any civilians, despite clear evidence that they had. And his boss, James Clapper Jr., the director of national intelligence, has admitted lying to the Senate on the N.S.A.’s bulk collection of data."
As in "who guards the guards?" ... no society is safe when it's the military that determines its laws. And the U.S. (with France now following, and others sure to dance to the same drummer in due time) has indeed fallen under thrall to that same Military-Media-Industrial Complex that Eisenhower made clear was already gaining far too much behind-the-scenes power. And that was 55 years ago!
If war is its lifeblood, why would it stop wars? And since without war it loses its raison d'etre, those who challenge the basis for war are seen as enemies. And anyone who challenges the facile state narratives is blasphemed as "conspiracy theorist." It's clear how those who tell significant, albeit inconvenient, truths are treated.