John Brennan Articles


Obama Adviser: Jihadists' Caliphate 'Absurd'

6:31 AM, Aug 12, 2014

On June 29, 2011, John Brennan, who was then a senior adviser to the president and is currently the CIA director, explained the Obama administration’s counterterrorism strategy 

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Obama Refuses to Answer Question About Whether He Has Confidence in CIA Director

2:02 PM, Mar 11, 2014

NBC reporter Chuck Todd shouted a question to President Obama about whether he still has confidence in the CIA director. The president refused to answer the question.

Via the pool report:

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Benghazi Survivors Given NDAs at CIA Memorial Service for Woods, Doherty

1:02 AM, Nov 14, 2013

Two former CIA officials who fought in Benghazi on September 11, 2012, were asked to sign additional nondisclosure agreements (NDAs) more than six months after those attacks. The two officials, who will testify Thursday before a subcommittee of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, were presented the nondisclosure agreements during a memorial service in May at CIA headquarters in Langley, Virginia, honoring Tyrone Woods and Glen Doherty, two of the CIA-affiliated personnel who died during those attacks.

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CIA Director Pledges to Make Benghazi Survivors Available to Talk

12:00 AM, Sep 11, 2013

One year after the terrorist attacks on U.S. facilities in Benghazi, Libya, the survivors may finally begin to talk.

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CIA Claims Benghazi Survivors Wanting to Talk Should Work Through Proper Channels

But no one has come forward yet.
1:01 PM, Aug 06, 2013

In a May 30, 2013, letter to CIA officers on the ground last fall in Benghazi, Libya, CIA director John Brennan notified survivors of those attacks that congressional oversight committees remain interested in hearing from them.

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Brennan Sent Letter to Benghazi 'Survivors'

6:19 PM, Aug 03, 2013

John Brennan, the director of the Central Intelligence Agency, sent a letter to each of the CIA employees who were on the ground during the Benghazi attack on September 11, 2012, inviting them to share information with Congress, according to three sources familiar with the missive. Brennan sent the letter in late May at the behest congressional intelligence committees, whose members remain interested in hearing from the survivors of those attacks.

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Exploiting Osama Bin Laden’s Files

10:02 AM, Apr 12, 2013

Top U.S. intelligence officials revealed new details about the exploitation of Osama bin Laden’s extensive archive during a House Intelligence Committee hearing on Thursday. The officials revealed that at least several hundred intelligence reports have been generated based on an analysis of bin Laden’s files.

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Bin Laden’s Files and the Al Qaeda Threat

5:00 AM, Apr 11, 2013

The House Intelligence Committee will be holding a hearing on “Worldwide Threats” today. The most senior U.S. intelligence officials are scheduled to testify.

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John Brennan and the Bin Laden Files

Mar 11, 2013

During a speech at the Woodrow Wilson Center on April 30, 2012, John Brennan, President Obama’s nominee to head the CIA, discussed “The Ethics and Efficacy of the U.S. President’s Counterterrorism Strategy.” Brennan explained that President Obama has “pledged to share as much information with the American people ‘so that they can make informed judgments and hold us accountable.’ ” Obama, he continued, “has consistently encouraged those of us on his national security team to be as open and candid as possible.” After all, “our democracy depends” upon “transparency.”

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No Bible for Brennan Swearing In

1:28 PM, Mar 08, 2013

John Brennan was sworn in today at the White House. He was confirmed as the new CIA director yesterday.

"Brennan was sworn in with his hand on an original draft of the Constitution, dating from 1787, which has George Washington's personal handwriting and annotations on it," according to the White House.  He does not appear to have placed his hand on a Bible, a Torah, a Koran, or other sacred religious text as he said the oath.

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Hayes Podcast: The Impact of Rand's Filibuster on Politics and Policy

Hosted by Michael Graham.
4:23 PM, Mar 07, 2013

THE WEEKLY STANDARD podcast, hosted by Michael Graham, with Stephen Hayes:

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Rand Paul Invokes Hitler in Opposing Obama's Nomination

12:53 PM, Mar 06, 2013

Rand Paul, who is currently on the Senate floor filibustering President Obama's pick to be the next CIA director, invoked Hitler: 

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Senators Promised 'Access to Targeted Killing Documents'

In exchange, Obama hopes they'll supporting his nominee for CIA director.
1:20 PM, Mar 05, 2013

Senators have been promised "full access to documents outlining the President’s authority to conduct targeted killings of Americans in counter terrorism operations," according to Senators Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), Mark Udall (D-Colo.), and Susan Collins (R-Maine). In exchange, President Obama hopes the senators will vote for John Brennan for CIA director.

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The Unchanging CIA

Technology and spies go well together.
Feb 18, 2013

John Brennan’s nomination to be the next director of the Central Intelligence Agency has sparked another debate about Langley’s priorities and deficiencies. Brennan, the king of drones at his counterterrorist perch in the White House, could accelerate, some critics fear, the agency’s transformation into a high-tech killer elite who no longer apply themselves assiduously to the recruitment and running of human spies.

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Brennan’s Evasions

Feb 18, 2013

John Brennan is no Chuck Hagel. That much was clear from the confirmation hearings on Brennan’s nomination to head the CIA. Unlike Hagel, who stumbled and mumbled through his performance, Brennan demonstrated a deep knowledge of his brief and answered (or gamely parried) tough questions with great self-assurance and forcefulness.

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Senators Push Brennan on Misleading Testimony

3:13 PM, Feb 14, 2013

John Brennan, President Obama’s nominee to run the Central Intelligence Agency, is getting renewed scrutiny for a highly questionable claim he made during his confirmation hearings last week. On Tuesday, two Republicans on the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, Marco Rubio and James Risch, wrote to Brennan to request additional information concerning Ali Harzi, a suspect in the attacks on U.S. facilities in Benghazi.

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Senator to 'Hold' Nominee for CIA Director

2:44 PM, Feb 13, 2013

Senator Rand Paul is pledging to "hold" John Brennan's nomination for CIA director, a statement from his Senate office reports.

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New Benghazi Questions for Brennan

4:36 PM, Feb 11, 2013

John Brennan, President Obama’s nominee to head to the CIA, is scheduled to appear before a closed-door hearing held by the Senate Intelligence Committee tomorrow. Interested senators should take the opportunity to ask Brennan about an Egyptian who is connected to both al Qaeda and the September 11, 2012 terrorist attack in Benghazi, Libya. Intriguing revelations by the Egyptian press last week raise all new questions about the attack on the U.S. consulate.

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Senator to Place Holds on Obama's Nominees Until Benghazi Questions Are Answered

3:15 PM, Feb 10, 2013

This morning on CBS's Face the Nation, Senator Lindsey Graham said he'd place holds on President Obama's national security nominees, Chuck Hagel for secretary of defense and John Brennan for CIA director, until the White House answered questions on the Benghazi terror attack:

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Brennan, Panetta on Hot Seat Today on Capitol Hill

8:26 AM, Feb 07, 2013

Two officials from the Obama administration are on the hot seat today on Capitol Hill: John Brennan, who is the president'a chief counterterrorism advisor and who has been nominated to lead the CIA, and Leon Panetta, the retiring defense secretary. For Brennan, the issue is whether he should be confirmed to be the next CIA director; while Panetta will be on Capitol Hill to answer questions about the September 11 terror attack in Benghazi that led to the death of four Americans, including Ambassador Chris Stevens.

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Rubio Worried About Hagel's Cuba Policy

2:16 PM, Jan 07, 2013

Marco Rubio is worried about Chuck Hagel's Cuba policy, according to the Florida senator's office.

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Brennan to Be Named CIA Director

Called Jerusalem "al Quds."
10:21 PM, Jan 06, 2013

Fox News reports that John Brennan is expected to be named the new CIA director, possibly as early as tomorrow:

President Obama is expected to nominate White House counterterrorism adviser John Brennan for CIA director as early as Monday, Capitol Hill sources tell Fox News.

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White House to 9/11 Families: We've Got You Covered

10:43 AM, Aug 16, 2011

Last Wednesday, at 3:46 p.m., the White House Office of Public Engagement (WHOPE) sent an email message to 9/11 families to announce it was sponsoring a conference call the next day with victims' families in anticipation of the 10th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 attacks. The purpose of the call was "to discuss the Administration's plans to mark the day." We were informed that Ben Rhodes, deputy national security advisor for strategic communications, and John Brennan, deputy national security advisor for homeland security and counterterrorism, would make brief remarks and take questions.

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John Brennan Is Still Wrong on Gitmo Detainee

7:12 AM, May 13, 2011

A recently leaked threat assessment prepared at Guantanamo draws into question the Obama administration’s analysis of a detainee who was transferred to Yemen shortly before all future transfers to the unstable nation were suspended.

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