John O. Brennan

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Born John Owen Brennan
North Bergen, New Jersey, U.S.
Nationality USA
Alma mater Fordham University, University of Texas, Austin
Spouse Kathy Pokluda
Party Independent

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

In office
March 8, 2013 - January 20, 2017
Deputy Avril Haines, David S. Cohen
Preceded by Michael Morell

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In office
January 20, 2009 - March 8, 2013
Preceded by Kenneth L. Wainstein
Succeeded by Lisa Monaco

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In office
August 27, 2004 - August 1, 2005


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.

Banning of torture

John Brennan told NBC News that his agency will not engage in "enhanced interrogation" practices, including waterboarding — even if ordered to by a future president. "I will not agree to carry out some of these tactics and techniques I've heard bandied about because this institution needs to endure," he stated.[4]

Michael Hastings

Global Research wrote in 2017 that "The WikiLeaks/Vault 7 dump strengthens the case against John Brennan, the CIA director that Stratfor stated was on a witch hunt against journalists when Rolling Stone reporter Michael Hastings was suspiciously killed after his late model car was almost certainly remote controlled to speed up to near 100 MPH prior to it exploding in June 2013."[5]


An appointment by John O. Brennan

Meroe ParkExecutive Director of the Central Intelligence AgencyMay 2013

Event Participated in

Bilderberg/20171 June 2017 - 4 June 2017Chantilly

Related Quotation

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


  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. 
  2. "Sen. Paul holds floor for hours in filibuster of CIA nominee, over drone concerns". Fox News. March 6, 2013. 
  3. "(CSPAN2 VIDEO) Sen. Paul holds floor for over 12 hours in filibuster of CIA nominee". March 6, 2013.