? [What] "...says more about American attitudes towards torture than anything else"

NY Times excerpt
Room for Debate

Americans are significantly 
more pro-torture 
now than during the Bush years, 
making John Brennan’s road 
to Langley much less contentious.

Controversy Dims as Public Opinion Shifts


Wikipedia excerpt
John Owen Brennan (born September 22, 1955) 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.[2][3][5] His responsibilities include overseeing plans to protect the country from terrorism and respond to natural disasters, and he meets with the President daily.[6][7] Previously, he advised Obama on foreign policy and intelligence issues during the 2008 presidential campaign and transition.[8] Brennan withdrew his name from consideration for Director of the CIA in the first Obama administration over concerns about his support for the use of torture by the CIA under President George W. Bush.[3][6] Instead, Brennan was appointed Deputy National Security Advisor, a position which did not require Senate confirmation.[3][6][9]
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.[3][6][10] After leaving government service in 2005, Brennan became CEO ofThe Analysis Corporation, a security consulting business, and served as chairman of the Intelligence and National Security Alliance, an association of intelligence professionals.[11]
President Obama nominated Brennan as his next director of theCentral Intelligence Agency during the afternoon of January 7, 2013.[12][13] The ACLU called for the Senate to not proceed with the appointment until it confirms that "all of his conduct was within the law" at the CIA and White House.[14]



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