|Director of the CIA|
|March 8, 2013 - Present|
|Elections and appointments|
|Nominated||January 7, 2013|
|Confirmed||March 7, 2013|
|Appointed||March 8, 2013|
|Appointed by||Barack Obama|
|Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism|
|CIA Deputy Executive Director|
|Chief of Staff to CIA Director George Tenet|
|Master's||University of Texas|
|Birthday||September 22, 1955|
|Place of birth||New Jersey|
Brennan declined consideration as CIA Director in 2008, after Barack Obama's election victory, because of criticism of his support of certain terrorist interrogation tactics. He previously led multiple private technology and intelligence organizations after serving in the CIA for over 20 years.
Brennan was born in New Jersey and attended Fordham University and earned his M.A. in Government from the University of Texas. He also studied at the American University in Cairo during his time in college.
Below is an abbreviated outline of Brennan's academic, professional and political career:
- 1977: Graduated from Fordham University
- 1980: Earned Master's in Government from University of Texas
- 1980: Career Trainee at Directorate of Operations of the CIA
- 1981: Worked at Directorate of Operations of the CIA
- 1982-1984: Political Officer at the U.S. Embassy in Saudi Arabia
- 1984-1989: Worker at Office of Near Eastern and South Asian Analysis in the Directorate of Intelligence
- 1990-1992: Head of Terrorism Analysis for the Director of Intelligence's Counterterrorist Center
- 1994-1995: Daily Intelligence Briefer for President Bill Clinton
- 1995-1996: Executive Assistant to CIA Deputy Director George Tenet
- 1996-1999: Chief of Station for CIA in Saudi Arabia
- 1999-2001: Chief of Staff to CIA Director George Tenet
- 2001-2003: Deputy Executive Director of the CIA
- 2003-2004: Founding Director of the Terrorist Threat Integration Center
- 2004-2005: Interim Director of the National Counterterrorism Center
- 2005-2009: President and CEO of the Analysis Corporation
- 2008: Intelligence Advisor to Barack Obama's presidential campaign
- 2009-2013: Assistant to President Obama for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism
- 2013-Present: Director of the CIA
|John Brennan confirmation vote, March 7, 2013|
|Party||Votes for||Votes against||Total votes|
On March 6, 2013, U.S. Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) led a 12 hour filibuster of Brennan's confirmation hearings. Paul started the filibuster in order to highlight his concerns about the administration's drone policies. In particular, Paul said he was concerned about whether a drone could be used to kill an American citizen within the United States border, without any due process involved. Paul and other civil liberties activists have been critical that President Obama did not offer a clear response to the question. A total of 14 senators joined Paul in the filibuster -- 13 Republicans and one Democrat.
Senate computer spying
- See also: CIA interrogation tactics investigation
The CIA's inspector general discovered that several CIA employees "improperly accessed or caused access" to the Senate Intelligence Committee computers that were used while investigating the CIA's interrogation tactics. Two lawyers and three computer experts were found to be the culprits of the CIA's snooping. Brennan supposedly put an end to the practice following an internal investigation, but the CIA's office of security opened another investigation, this one unauthorized, that led to the reading of congressional staffers' emails. Brennan apologized to the Senate for the intrusion on July 31, 2014, and followed up, ordering an internal accountability board look into the action of those involved in the spying operation and determine whether discipline was warranted. A summary of the inspector general's report did not reveal who ordered the operation.
A number of lawmakers immediately called for Brennan's resignation upon hearing of the news, with Sen. Mark Udall (D-CO) claiming the "CIA unconstitutionally spied on Congress. These offenses, along with other errors in judgment by some at the CIA, demonstrate a tremendous failure of leadership, and there must be consequences." Others seeking his resignation included Sens. Martin Heinrich (D-NM) and Rand Paul (R-KY).
Brennan is married with three children.
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- Rand Paul filibuster of John Brennan's CIA Nomination in March 2013
- CIA interrogation tactics investigation
- CNN, "Fast Facts: John Brennan," September 17, 2013
- GovTrack, "On the Nomination: John Brennan," March 7, 2013
- CNN, "Rand Paul says he's heard from White House after filibuster," March 7, 2013
- ABC News, "Rand Paul Wins Applause From GOP and Liberals," March 7, 2013
- Wall Street Journal, "Investigation Finds CIA Improperly Accessed Senate Computers," July 31, 2014
- Christian-Science Monitor, CIA admits to spying on Senate Intelligence Committee," July 31, 2014
- The Hill, "Senators call for CIA chief's resignation," July 31, 2014
- The Atlantic, "Senator Rand Paul: CIA Director John Brennan Should Be Fired," August 1, 2014