Dec
14
2008

CIA's Brennan Did More Than Not Enough

Newsweek's Mark Hosenball writes (12/22/08): The head of Obama's intel transition team, John Brennan, was the leading candidate for CIA chief until he was slammed by liberal bloggers for not doing enough while serving as a top CIA and anti-terror official to oppose Bush. Actually, "liberal bloggers" hadn't "slammed" Brennan for "not doing enough…to oppose Bush"; they criticized him for being an ardent public defender of rendition and "enhanced interrogation tactics," which is a euphemism for torture. Since Obama campaigned as an opponent of such policies, Brennan would have been a dubious choice to be his top CIA official. One […]

Dec
04
2008

John Brennan: 'Alleged' Torture Supporter or Victim of Ardent Leftists?

John Brennan (photo: CIA)

The New York Times yesterday (12/3/08) described problems that President-elect Barack Obama faces in managing the transition at the Central Intelligence Agency. CJR's website has an item today (12/4/08) critical of the piece as a "dramatic example" of the Times' slanting its intelligence reporting toward sources who "don't think that anyone who formulated or acquiesced in the current administration's torture policies should be excluded as a candidate for CIA director, or prosecuted for possible violations of criminal law." The CJR piece has some interesting back-and-forth with Times editors. I was struck by this passage in the Times article: Last week, […]