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*[[CIA interrogation tactics investigation]]
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John Brennan
John Brennan CIA official portrait.jpg
Director of the CIA
In office
March 8, 2013 - Present
Elections and appointments
NominatedJanuary 7, 2013
ConfirmedMarch 7, 2013
AppointedMarch 8, 2013
Appointed byBarack Obama
Prior offices
Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism
CIA Deputy Executive Director
Chief of Staff to CIA Director George Tenet
Bachelor'sFordham University
Master'sUniversity of Texas
Date of birthSeptember 22, 1955
Place of birthNew Jersey
Office website
John Owen Brennan (b. September 22, 1955, in New Jersey) is the current Director of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). He was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on March 8, 2013, by a vote of 63-44.[1] Rand Paul led a 12-hour filibuster on the nomination in an attempt to get clarification on the Obama administration's drone policies.

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.[1]


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.[1]


Below is an abbreviated outline of Brennan's academic, professional and political career:[1]

  • 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

Confirmation vote

Brennan was confirmed by the Senate on March 7, 2013, by a vote of 63-44.[2]

John Brennan confirmation vote, March 7, 2013
Party Votes for Approveda Votes against Defeatedd Total votes
Democratic Party Democrats 49 2 51
Republican Party Republicans 13 31 44
Independent Independents 1 1 2
Total Votes 63 34 97

Paul filibuster

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.[3][4]


Obama administration

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.[5] 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.[6]

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."[5] Others seeking his resignation included Sens. Martin Heinrich (D-NM) and Rand Paul (R-KY).[7][8]


Brennan is married with three children.[1]

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External links

Official website of the CIA