John O. Brennan


John Owen Brennan is an American government official who is the Director of the Central Intelligence Agency.

The Central Intelligence Agency is a civilian foreign intelligence service of the United States federal government, tasked with gathering, processing and analyzing national security information from around the world, primarily through the use of human intelligence.

The Director of the Central Intelligence Agency is a statutory office which functions as the head of the Central Intelligence Agency, which in turn is a part of the United States Intelligence Community.

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He has served as chief counterterrorism advisor to U.S. President Barack Obama; his title was Deputy National Security Advisor for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism, and Assistant to the President.

The Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism, commonly referred to as the Homeland Security Advisor and occasionally titled the Deputy National Security Advisor for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism, is a senior aide in the Executive Office of the President, based in the West Wing of the White House, who serves as the chief in-house advisor to the President of the United States on homeland security and counterterrorism issues.

The Executive Office of the President consists of the immediate staff of the current President of the United States and multiple levels of support staff reporting to the President.

Barack Hussein Obama II is an American politician who is the 44th and current President of the United States.

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His responsibilities included overseeing plans to protect the country from terrorism and respond to natural disasters, and he met with the President daily.


Previously, he advised President Obama on foreign policy and intelligence issues during the 2008 presidential campaign and transition.


Brennan withdrew his name from consideration for Director of the Central Intelligence Agency in the first Obama administration over concerns about his support for transferring terror suspects to countries where they may be tortured while serving under President George W. Bush.

George Walker Bush is an American politician who was the 43rd President of the United States from 2001 to 2009 and 46th Governor of Texas from 1995 to 2000.


Instead, Brennan was appointed Deputy National Security Advisor, a position which did not require Senate confirmation.

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Brennan's 25 years with the CIA included work as a Near East and South Asia analyst, as station chief in Saudi Arabia, and as director of the National Counterterrorism Center.

The National Counterterrorism Center is a United States government organization responsible for national and international counterterrorism efforts.


After leaving government service in 2005, Brennan became CEO of The Analysis Corporation, a security consulting business, and served as chairman of the Intelligence and National Security Alliance, an association of intelligence professionals.

The Intelligence and National Security Alliance is a non-profit, nonpartisan 501 professional organization for public and private sector members of the United States Intelligence Community, based in Arlington, Virginia.

The Analysis Corporation was the Intelligence Solutions business of Global Defense Technology & Systems, Inc., now renamed Sotera Defense Solutions, a defense contracting company.


President Barack Obama nominated Brennan as his next director of the CIA on January 7, 2013.


The ACLU called for the Senate not to proceed with the appointment until it confirms that "all of his conduct was within the law" at the CIA and White House.

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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.

The United States Senate Select Committee on Intelligence is dedicated to overseeing the United States Intelligence Community—the agencies and bureaus of the federal government of the United States who provide information and analysis for leaders of the executive and legislative branches.

David Howell Petraeus AO is a retired American military officer and public official.


His term as CIA Director coincided with revelations that the U.S. government conducted massive levels of global surveillance, that the CIA had hacked into the computers of U.S. Senate employees, and the release of the U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee report on CIA torture.

The Committee Study of the Central Intelligence Agency's Detention and Interrogation Program is a report compiled by the bipartisan United States Senate Select Committee on Intelligence about the Central Intelligence Agency 's Detention and Interrogation Program and its use of various forms of torture on detainees between 2001 and 2006 during the "War on Terror".

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