John O. Brennan

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Person.png John O. Brennan  Rdf-icon.png

Flag of the United States Central Intelligence Agency.svg Director of the CIA Wikipedia-icon.png

In office
March 8, 2013 - Present
Preceded byMichael Morell

Barack Obama nominated Brennan as his next director of the CIA on January 7, 2013.

Morris Davis, a former Chief Prosecutor for the Guantanamo Military Commissions compared Brennan to Omar Khadr, who was convicted of "committing murder in violation of the law of war". [1]He suggested that Brennan's role in targeting individuals for CIA missile strikes was no more authorized than the throwing of the grenade Khadr was accused of.

On February 27, 2013, the Senate Intelligence Committee postponed a vote, expected to be taken the next day on the confirmation of Brennan until the following week. On March 5, the Intelligence Committee approved the nomination 12-3. The Senate was set to vote on Brennan's nomination on March 6, 2013. However, Kentucky Senator Rand Paul began a talking Senate filibuster of the vote, citing President Barack Obama and his administration's use of combat drones, stating “No one politician should be allowed to judge the guilt, to charge an individual, to judge the guilt of an individual and to execute an individual. It goes against everything that we fundamentally believe in our country." [2][3] Paul's filibuster continued for 13 hours, after which Brennan was confirmed by a vote of 63-34.


22 September 1955| 

An appointment by John O. Brennan

AppointeeJobAppointed
Meroe ParkExecutive Director of the Central Intelligence AgencyMay 2013

 

Related Quotation

PageQuoteDate
CIA/Torture“[T]he CIA inspector general’s office recently admitted to ‘mistakenly’ destroying their only copy of the classified report. Although CIA Director John Brennan possesses another copy of the torture report, he refuses to send a replacement to the internal watchdog’s office.”17 May 2016

 

Event Participated in

EventStartEndLocation(s)Description
Bilderberg/20171 June 20174 June 2017US
Virginia
Chantilly
The 65th Bilderberg Meeting


References

  1. Morris Davis (2013-02-08). "The law of war does not shield the CIA and John Brennan's drone kill list". London: The Guardian. Archived from the original on 2013-02-08. Jack Goldsmith, former assistant attorney general in the George W Bush administration and now a professor at Harvard Law School, argues the past decade shows that the United States needs a new statutory framework governing how it conducts secret warfare. Perhaps that would be a positive step, but a new domestic statutory scheme would not make a civilian working for a civilian agency a lawful combatant entitled to immunity under the law of war for acts committed outside the United States.Page Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css must have content model "Sanitized CSS" for TemplateStyles (current model is "Scribunto").
  2. "Sen. Paul holds floor for hours in filibuster of CIA nominee, over drone concerns". Fox News. March 6, 2013.Page Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css must have content model "Sanitized CSS" for TemplateStyles (current model is "Scribunto").
  3. "(CSPAN2 VIDEO) Sen. Paul holds floor for over 12 hours in filibuster of CIA nominee". March 6, 2013.Page Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css must have content model "Sanitized CSS" for TemplateStyles (current model is "Scribunto").


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