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Will John Brennan’s Senate Confirmation Hearing Expose the Ugly New Face of American Power?

Will John Brennan’s Senate Confirmation Hearing Expose the Ugly New Face of American Power?

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John Brennan will face queries about his role in the Bush torture policies, and questions regarding Obama’s drone program, kill list, and shadow wars. Hopefully his confirmation hearing will provide insight into the ugly new face of American power.
John Brennan will face queries about his role in the Bush torture policies, and questions regarding Obama’s drone program, kill list, and shadow wars. Hopefully his confirmation hearing will provide insight into the ugly new face of American power.

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Will John Brennan’s Senate Confirmation Hearing Exposethe Ugly New Face of American Power
February 7 will be a big day for John Brennan. That’s when Obama’s nominee for director of theCentral Intelligence Agency (CIA) will appear before the Senate Select Committee onIntelligence.Brennan has had a 25-year career with the CIA and speaks Arabic fluently. He served as deputyexecutive director in 2001. He is currently chief counterterrorism advisor to President Obama.Obama intended to appoint Brennan as director of the CIA in 2008. Brennan, however, withdrewhis name from consideration because of accusations of support for torture/enhancedinterrogation, extraordinary rendition to other countries where torture is commonplace andfederal and international laws do not apply, and “black sites,” CIA’s secret prisons.At the time,Brennan said, “It has been immaterial to the critics that I have been a strongopponent of many of the policies of the Bush administration such as the pre-emptive war in Iraqand coercive interrogation tactics, to include waterboarding. The fact that I was not involved inthe decision-making process for any of these controversial policies and actions has beenignored."This time, the Senate committee will explore those same issues. They will explore, despite his public statement, his role and the extent to which he was involved in the development of theBush era torture policies.As deputy executive director of the CIA, he was in a position to know about extraordinaryrendition, black sites, and the methods used in enhanced interrogation. There is a big difference,however, between having knowledge and the clout to change policy.But in Brennan’s current role as Obama’s counterterrorism advisor, he has led the U.S. “shadowwars” and drone policy, a highly controversial program that includes akill listthat surely the Senate committee will address.Brennan most likely will defend that policy in the same way he defended it in aspeechat theWoodrow Wilson Center in April of last year.

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