By Kate Tummarello - 08/15/14 12:58 PM EDT
A telecom company and tens of thousands of supporters are calling on President Obama to fire CIA Director John Brennan over a report that showed his agency hacked into Senate computers.
“President Obama must immediately replace him and hold accountable the people responsible for spying on the Senate Intelligence Committee,” the group wrote.
The petition, which was launched last week, contained more than 64,500 signatures, according to CREDO Action.
The group’s petition urged readers to tell Obama to “fire Brennan and anyone who participated in the spying and order the Department of Justice to open a criminal investigation into their actions.”
Late last month, an internal CIA report claimed that officials at the agency gained unauthorized access to computers being used by Senate Intelligence Committee staffers, as they compiled a report on “enhanced interrogation” techniques used by the U.S. government.
The report conflicts with Brennan’s testimony earlier in the year that snooping on Senate computers is “just beyond the scope of reason in terms of what we’d do.”
Since the internal report’s revelations, lawmakers have called for Brennan’s resignation, but Obama said earlier this month that he has “full confidence” in Brennan.
CREDO Action’s petition adds to the calls from lawmakers and others.
“As a high-level official in the Bush administration, CIA Director John Brennan publicly embraced and defended the use of torture by the American government,” CREDO Action wrote.
“While we don’t know whether Brennan ordered the CIA to spy on Congress, the CIA under Brennan’s leadership is clearly desperate to cover up its Bush-era torture crimes.”