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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McRaven resigned from Pentagon board days after criticizing Trump
CNN - about 1 month
Retired Admiral William "Bill" McRaven, the former head of Special Operations Command resigned from the Pentagon's Defense Innovation Board last month, just days after issuing a stunning rebuke of President Donald Trump's decision to revoke the security clearance of former CIA Director John Brennan, the Pentagon confirmed Thursday.
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Brennan: Trump divide could spill into streets
CNN - about 2 months
Former CIA Director John Brennan accused President Trump of dividing the US in an interview on HBO's "Real Time with Bill Maher," saying he's "concerned about whether this could spill over into the streets."
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Trump and Giuliani Taunt Brennan About Filing a Lawsuit
New York Times - about 2 months
Two tweets amounted to an odd “bring it on” challenge to John O. Brennan, the former C.I.A. director, who had mused about suing in response to losing his security clearance.
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New outcry over Trump's revocation of Brennan security clearance - about 2 months
More than 175 former U.S. State Department and Pentagon officials added their names to a statement signed by former national security officials criticizing President Donald Trump's decision to cancel the security clearance of former CIA director John Brennan.
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Former Intel Officials Defend John Brennan In Wake Of Revoked Security Clearance
Yahoo News - about 2 months
Several former intelligence officials have come to the defense of former CIA
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President Trump Tweets John Brennan 'Cannot Be Trusted' After the Ex-CIA Chief Says the President's 'Drunk With Power'
Yahoo News - about 2 months
Trump also called John Brennan 'a loudmouth, partisan, political hack'
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John Brennan: Trump is 'drunk on power'
CNN - 2 months
Former CIA Director John Brennan criticized President Donald Trump for revoking his security clearance and said the President is "drunk on power."
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13 former U.S. spy chiefs accuse Trump of trying to stifle free speech and politicize intelligence
LATimes - 2 months
In a remarkable rebuke to President Trump, 13 former U.S. intelligence chiefs have signed a harshly worded letter in support of former CIA Director John Brennan after Trump abruptly revoked his security clearance. "We feel compelled to respond in the wake of the ill-considered and unprecedented...
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  • 2013
    Age 58
    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 56
    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 55
    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 54
    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 53
    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 52
    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 49
    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 48
    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 46
    Brennan became deputy executive director of the CIA in March 2001.
  • 1999
    Age 44
    In 1999 he was appointed chief of staff to George Tenet, then-Director of the CIA.
  • 1996
    Age 41
    In 1996 he was CIA station chief in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia when the Khobar Towers bombing killed 19 U.S. servicemen.
  • 1980
    Age 25
    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 22
    He received a B.A. in political science from Fordham in 1977.
  • 1976
    Age 21
    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
    Age 0
    Born on September 22, 1955.
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