Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Discover the Networks: John Brennan

Born in northern New Jersey on September 22, 1955, John Brennan earned a B.A. in political science from Fordham University in 1977, and an M.A. in government from the University of Texas at Austin in 1980. In his graduate thesis (1980), Brennan denied the existence of “absolute human rights” and argued in favor of censorship by the Egyptian dictatorship: “Since the press can play such an influential role in determining the perceptions of the masses, I am in favor of some degree of government censorship. Inflamatory [sic] articles can provoke mass opposition and possible violence, especially in developing political systems.”

·         Longtime CIA official
·         Converted to Islam while serving in an official capacity on the behalf of the U.S. in Saudi Arabia
·         Served as a senior advisor to Barack Obama's 2008 presidential campaign
·         Said in 2009 that he was “pleased to see that a lot of Hezbollah individuals are in fact renouncing ... terrorism and violence and are trying to participate in the political process in a very legitimate fashion”
·         Believes that tactics like waterboarding are not only inconsistent with “our ideals as a nation,” but also “undermine our national security” because they “are a recruitment bonanza for terrorists"
·         Explains that “jihad” means "to purify oneself or to wage a holy struggle for a moral goal”
·         Supports trials of Islamic terrorists in civilian courts rather than in military tribunals
·         In 2011, he called for the FBI to eliminate its "offensive" curriculum/training materials which made reference to "jihad" and "radical Islam."
·         Was involved in crafting the false talking points that then-Secretary of State Susan Rice gave regarding the 9/11/12 terrorist attack against a U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi
·         Was appointed as CIA director by President Barack Obama in 2013

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