Protesters disrupt Senate hearing; CIA nominee faces scrutiny over drones
February 7th, 2013
07:47 AM ET
2 years ago

Protesters disrupt Senate hearing; CIA nominee faces scrutiny over drones

Washington (CNN) – A hearing on President Barack Obama's nominee to head the CIA was temporarily halted on Thursday after protesters repeatedly prevented John Brennan from speaking.

Sen. Dianne Feinstein, the chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, ordered the room cleared of spectators after a fifth person began shouting as Brennan began his opening statement.

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Graham threatens to hold up CIA director confirmation
January 8th, 2013
01:21 PM ET
2 years ago

Graham threatens to hold up CIA director confirmation

(CNN) – Saying he has "not forgotten about the Benghazi debacle," Sen. Lindsey Graham called for a delay in the confirmation process of John Brennan, the president's choice for CIA director, as investigations still continue surrounding the September 11, 2012 U.S. consulate attack in Libya.

"I do not believe we should confirm anyone as Director of the CIA until our questions are answered," Graham said in a statement.
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Filed under: John Brennan • Libya • Lindsey Graham • Senate • Susan Rice
January 7th, 2013
03:22 PM ET
2 years ago

Compared to Hagel, reaction to Brennan nomination muted

Washington (CNN) - Senators and other political figures reacted on Monday to President Barack Obama's nomination of John Brennan, currently his top counterterrorism and homeland security aide, as the next director of the CIA.

Most of the criticism was saved for former Sen. Chuck Hagel, whom Obama nominated for secretary of defense also on Monday.
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Official: Obama to tap Brennan as CIA director
January 7th, 2013
09:09 AM ET
2 years ago

Official: Obama to tap Brennan as CIA director

Washington (CNN) – President Barack Obama will nominate John Brennan, his chief counterterrorism adviser, to be the next director of the CIA, a senior administration official said Monday.

Brennan, 57, has served as assistant to the president for counterterrorism and homeland security since 2009.

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Obama to name John Brennan to lead CIA
January 7th, 2013
07:10 AM ET
2 years ago

Obama to name John Brennan to lead CIA

(CNN) – President Obama will nominate John Brennan to be the next director of the CIA, according to a senior administration official.

The announcement is expected Monday afternoon at the same time the President nominates Chuck Hagel to be the next Secretary of Defense, the official said.

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Filed under: CIA • John Brennan
August 24th, 2010
12:04 PM ET
4 years ago

Brennan says Iraq troop levels will decrease throughout 2011

National Security Advisor John Brennan said Tuesday that troop levels in Iraq will continue to diminish throughout 2011.
National Security Advisor John Brennan said Tuesday that troop levels in Iraq will continue to diminish throughout 2011.

(CNN) - John Brennan, the president's national security adviser for homeland security, said Tuesday that the total number of U.S. troops in Iraq will continue to diminish throughout 2011, but that noted that the withdrawal rate will be "calibrated and adjusted based on conditions on the ground."

All U.S. combat forces are scheduled to be out of Iraq by December 31, 2011.

The total number of U.S. troops in Iraq has now fallen below 50,000. The U.S. military mission in Iraq will officially switch to an "advise-and-assist" role starting September 1.


Filed under: Iraq • issues • John Brennan
May 27th, 2010
06:58 AM ET
5 years ago

Homegrown terrorist threat to be part of National Security Strategy

 National Security Adviser John Brennan, the president's chief counterterrorism adviser.
National Security Adviser John Brennan, the president's chief counterterrorism adviser.

Washington (CNN) - The Obama administration unveils its National Security Strategy on Thursday and it will be the first time a president explicitly recognizes the threat posed to the country by radicalized individuals at home, the president's chief counterterrorism adviser said.

The security strategy acts as a blueprint for how a White House administration intends to protect Americans. In the past, it has focused mostly on international threats.

But a spate of terror-related plots in the United States recently prompted the Obama administration to include homegrown terrorism in the document, National Security Adviser John Brennan said Wednesday.

Homegrown terrorism represents a new phase of the terrorist threat, he said.

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May 9th, 2010
09:01 AM ET
5 years ago

White House links Times Square bomb suspect, Pakistani Taliban

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"It looks like he was working on behalf of the Pakistani Taliban," Obama counterterterrorism advsier John Brennan said Sunday on CNN. (Photo Credit: CNN)

Washington (CNN) - The suspect in the failed Times Square bombing was likely working with the Taliban movement in Pakistan, President Barack Obama's top terrorism adviser said Sunday.

John Brennan, the assistant to the president for counterterrorism and homeland security, told CNN's "State of the Union" that the ongoing investigation pointed to Faisal Shahzad having links to Tehrik-e-Taliban, known
as TTP.

"It looks like he was working on behalf of the Pakistani Taliban," Brennan said.

Watch: Brennan weighs in on Shahzad

The group, also known as the TTP, is "closely allied with al Qaeda" and has pledged to carry out attacks on other parts of the world, including the United States, Brennan said.

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Updated: 4:55 p.m.

February 11th, 2010
07:10 PM ET
5 years ago

White House, Republican spar over handling of terrorism suspect

Robert Gibbs defended Obama adviser John Brennan on Thursday.
Robert Gibbs defended Obama adviser John Brennan on Thursday.

Washington (CNN) – The war of words between the Obama administration and Sen. Kit Bond, R-Missouri, flared up again Thursday over the administration's handling of alleged Christmas Day bomber Umar Farouk AbdulMutallab.

At issue is the decision to inform AbdulMutallab of his Miranda rights, including his right to remain silent, following his arrest and initial interrogation by the FBI and the administration's decision to try him in a civilian criminal court rather than a military tribunal.

Related: Holder defends decision on Christmas bomber

Both moves have sparked debate, especially after the White House revealed last week that AbdulMutallab is again talking to investigators after a period of silence.

On Tuesday, Sen. Bond, the ranking Republican on the Senate Intelligence Committee, called for the resignation of Obama homeland security and counterterrorism adviser John Brennan, saying Brennan "needs to go," and is no longer "credible."

White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs defended Brennan Thursday saying, "I would suggest whether it's to Senator Bond or others on Capitol Hill that these are decisions best left to people that have an understanding of counterterrorism, experience in counterterrorism and law enforcement rather than the politicians on Capitol Hill."

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Filed under: John Brennan • Kit Bond • Robert Gibbs
February 7th, 2010
01:13 PM ET
5 years ago

Obama aide says Republicans playing politics with terrorism

'I'm tiring of politicians using national security issues … as a political football,' Obama aide John Brennan said Sunday.
'I'm tiring of politicians using national security issues … as a political football,' Obama aide John Brennan said Sunday.

Washington (CNN) - Top Republicans in Congress were told the suspect in the failed Christmas airline bombing was in FBI custody hours after his arrest, and none asked if he would be transferred to military custody, President Barack Obama's assistant on homeland security and counter-terrorism said Sunday.

Republican leaders have criticized the Obama administration for charging terrorism suspect Omar Farouk AbdulMutallab in a criminal court and reading him his Miranda rights instead of turning him over to military custody as an enemy combatant.

In a speech last week, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said: "Many Americans were troubled by the administration's response to the Christmas Day attack. And they're equally outraged by its decision to treat the Christmas Day bomber as a criminal defendant who deserved a lawyer, instead of a terrorist who could provide us with vital information to help stop new attacks."

However, John Brennan, the Obama assistant interviewed Sunday on the NBC program "Meet the Press," said none of the GOP leaders in Congress he called on Christmas night - including McConnell and House Minority Leader John Boehner - raised those issues then.

"I'm tiring of politicians using national security issues such as terrorism as a political football," Brennan said, adding: "They're unknowing of the facts and they're making charges and allegations that are not anchored in
reality."

The GOP leaders knew that "FBI custody means there's a process that you follow as far as Mirandizing and presenting him in front of a magistrate," Brennan said. "None of those individuals raised any concerns with me at that point. They didn't say, "Is he going into military custody? Is he going to be Mirandized?' "
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Filed under: GOP • John Brennan • Obama administration • Popular Posts • Terrorism
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