John O. Brennan

Director of the CIA John O. Brennan

John Owen Brennan is chief counterterrorism advisor to U.S. President Barack Obama; officially his title is Deputy National Security Advisor for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism, and Assistant to the President. His responsibilities include overseeing plans to protect the country from terrorism and respond to natural disasters, and he meets with the President daily.
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WH wants to strip clearances from former officials - 22 days
The White House on Monday said it was considering taking away the security clearances for six former intelligence and law-enforcement officials, including the Obama-era director of the Central Intelligence Agency, John Brennan, and the onetime head of the FBI fired by President Donald Trump, James Comey. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
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Trump Wants To Revoke Security Clearances Of Ex-Officials Who've Criticized Him
NPR - 23 days
White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders says former CIA Director John Brennan and others have "politicized and in some cases monetized their public service and security clearances." (Image credit: Claire Harbage/NPR)
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Exclusive: John Brennan still has top security clearance
Fox News - 26 days
Rand Paul on Brennan's access
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Trump slams former intel chiefs
CBS News - 26 days
In an exclusive White House interview with "CBS Evening News," President Trump attacked the former leadership of America's intelligence agencies, saying he "can't have any confidence in the past, taking aim at several individuals who have since left the intelligence community. " I have no confidence in a guy like [former CIA chief John] Brennan, I think he's a total lowlife," the president said.
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Trump says 'I'm not pro-Russia,' hits ex-CIA chief Brennan for calling Putin news conference 'treasonous'
Fox News - 28 days
President Trump denied that he was "pro-Russia" and slammed former CIA Director John Brennan in an interview with Fox News after the ex-intelligence chief described Trump's news conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin as "treasonous."
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Feature: A Spymaster Steps Out of the Shadows
NYTimes - about 2 months
John Brennan quietly ruled the national-security state under President Obama. Now he’s coming forward to rail against Trump — and to defend his own legacy.
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Ex-CIA chief likens Trump to foreign strongmen in op-ed
CNN - 2 months
Former CIA director John Brennan is comparing President Donald Trump to foreign strongmen and vows to speak out until "integrity" is restored at the White House.
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Gina Haspel being held to higher standard than John Brennan?
Fox News - 3 months
Matthew Heiman, former lawyer at the Justice Department's National Security Division, compares the two nominations ahead of Haspel's Senate confirmation hearing.
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Why Former CIA Director John Brennan's Criticism Of Trump Is Extremely Rare
NPR - 4 months
Former CIA Director John Brennan is out of the agency but not the public eye. He's made a point of attacking President Trump ever since his Inauguration. Critics say that can sow discord, but Brennan says he's doing what he thinks is right.
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Ex-top CIA official: Brennan is doing Putin's 'bidding' by speculating about Trump blackmail
Yahoo News - 4 months
A former top CIA official who served as the agency’s station chief in Moscow is sharply criticizing his former boss, John Brennan, accusing him of doing Vladimir Putin’s “bidding” through his harsh attacks on President Trump.
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Why Trump Never Speaks Ill of Putin
Wall Street Journal - 5 months
And why Obama CIA chief John Brennan may have a few things to hide himself.
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Former CIA director says Russia could 'have something' on Trump
Yahoo News - 5 months
Former CIA Director John Brennan says President Trump’s decision to congratulate Vladimir Putin on his reelection shows that Trump is “afraid of the president of Russia” — and that Moscow may have compromising information about the U.S. leader.
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Former CIA Chief Brennan attacks Trump over McCabe firing
Fox News - 5 months
Former CIA Director John Brennan appeared Saturday to slam President Trump for triumphantly firing Andrew McCabe and denying the FBI official his pension, suggesting the president is a “demagogue” headed for the “dustbin of history.”
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Former CIA Director Brennan says Nunes 'abused his office'
CNN - 6 months
Former CIA Director John Brennan scorned House Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes for the release of the controversial GOP memo alleging FBI surveillance abuses, calling aspects of the move "exceptionally partisan" and saying Nunes has "abused the office" in refusing to allow Democrats on his panel to make their rebuttal document public.
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of John O. Brennan
  • 2013
    Age 57
    Brennan was sworn into the office of CIA Director on March 8, 2013.
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    The Senate was set to vote on Brennan's nomination on March 6, 2013.
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    On February 27, 2013, the Senate Intelligence Committee postponed a vote, expected to be taken the next day on the confirmation of Brennan until the following week.
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    On January 7, 2013, Brennan was nominated by President Barack Obama to be director of the Central Intelligence Agency.
    John Brennan was approved by the Senate Intelligence Committee on March 5, 2013 to succeed David Petraeus as the Director of the CIA by a vote of 12 to 3.
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    President Barack Obama nominated Brennan as his next director of the CIA on January 7, 2013.
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  • 2011
    Age 55
    In June 2011, Brennan claimed that US counter-terrorism operations had not resulted in "a single collateral death" in the past year because of the "precision of the capabilities that we’ve been able to develop."
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    In 2011/2012 he also helped reorganize the process, under the aegis of the Disposition Matrix database, by which people outside of war zones were put on the list of drone targets.
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  • 2010
    Age 54
    In February 2010, he claimed on Meet the Press that he was tired of Republican lawmakers using national security issues as political footballs, and making allegations where they did not know the facts.
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  • 2009
    Age 53
    In an early December 2009 interview with the Bergen Record Brennan remarked, "the U.S. intelligence and law enforcement communities have to bat 1.000 every day.
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    In August 2009, Brennan criticized some Bush-administration anti-terror policies, saying that waterboarding had threatened national security by increasing the recruitment of terrorists and decreasing the willingness of other nations to cooperate with the U.S. He also described the Obama administration's focus as being on "extremists" and not "jihadists".
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  • 2008
    Age 52
    In late 2008 Brennan was the reported choice for Director of the CIA in the incoming Obama administration.
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    Previously, he advised President Obama on foreign policy and intelligence issues during the 2008 presidential campaign and transition.
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  • 2007
    Age 51
    Brennan then left government service for a few years, becoming Chairman of the Intelligence and National Security Alliance (INSA) and the CEO of The Analysis Corporation (TAC). He continued to lead TAC after its acquisition by Global Strategies Group in 2007 and its growth as the Global Intelligence Solutions division of Global's North American technology business GTEC, before returning to government service with the Obama administration as Homeland Security Advisor on January 20, 2009.
  • 2004
    Age 48
    His last post within the Intelligence Community was as director of the National Counterterrorism Center in 2004 and 2005, which incorporated information on terrorist activities across U.S. agencies.
  • 2003
    Age 47
    One of the controversies in his career involves the distribution of intelligence to the Bush White House that helped lead to an "Orange Terror Alert", over Christmas 2003.
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    He was director of the newly created Terrorist Threat Integration Center from 2003 to 2004, an office that sifted through and compiled information for President Bush's daily top secret intelligence briefings and employed the services of analysts from a dozen U.S. agencies and entities.
  • 2001
    Age 45
    Brennan became deputy executive director of the CIA in March 2001.
  • 1999
    Age 43
    In 1999 he was appointed chief of staff to George Tenet, then-Director of the CIA.
  • 1996
    Age 40
    In 1996 he was CIA station chief in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia when the Khobar Towers bombing killed 19 U.S. servicemen.
  • 1980
    Age 24
    He then attended the University of Texas at Austin, receiving a Master of Arts in government with a concentration in Middle Eastern studies in 1980.
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  • 1977
    Age 21
    He received a B.A. in political science from Fordham in 1977.
  • 1976
    Age 20
    In 1976, he voted for Communist Party USA candidate Gus Hall in the presidential election; he later said that he viewed it as a way "of signaling my unhappiness with the system, and the need for change."
  • 1955
    Born on September 22, 1955.
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