Obama will nominate John Breenan to run CIA

John Brennan

John Brennan

President Barack Obama will nominate John Brennan as his next director of the Central Intelligence Agency.

Brennan, a 25-year CIA veteran, currently serves as Obama’s top counterterrorism adviser. The White House says the president will announce Brennan’s nomination during an event Monday afternoon.

At the same event, an administration official says, the president will also formally announce that he is nominating Chuck Hagel as his next defense secretary. Both men must be confirmed by the Senate.

Obama considered Brennan for the top CIA job in 2008. But Brennan withdrew his name amid questions about his connection to enhanced interrogation techniques while serving in the spy agency during the George W. Bush administration.

Brennan denied involvement in the controversial interrogation tactics, including waterboarding, and has spoken out against them.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press

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3 Responses to "Obama will nominate John Breenan to run CIA"

  1. Jon  January 7, 2013 at 8:27 am

    Let’s see if he’ll be in favour of criminally charging those who thought that ‘enhanced interrogation techniques’ were lawful.

    J.

  2. woody188  January 7, 2013 at 4:07 pm

    This guy once claimed drone strikes are so accurate that no one other than terrorists were ever killed by the drones. Hope he’s learned to lie better or at least to not use absolutes that are easily proven to be lies, or else he’ll be a lousy CIA director. Or maybe they just won’t care to lie about how they break the law anymore.

  3. Sandy Price  January 7, 2013 at 4:24 pm

    Torture! By any other name smells the same.

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