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In today’s New York Times, CIA veteran Mark Lowenthal sums up what’s wrong with Obama’s decision to let John Brennan withdraw. According to Lowenthal, Mr. Obama’s decision to exclude Mr. Brennan from contention for the top job had sent a message that ‘if you worked in the C.I.A. during the war on terror, you are […]

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So he withdraws: John O. Brennan, a C.I.A. veteran who many believed would be the spy agency’s next director, on Tuesday withdrew his name from consideration for a top job in the Obama administration amid concerns he was intimately linked to controversial C.I.A. programs authorized by President Bush. The reason? Better believe it: The opposition […]

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John Brennan, who was Bill Clinton’s daily intelligence briefer and George Tenet’s XO, and who ran the National Counterterrorism Center for its first two years, has lately become something of a pet villain for Obama supporters. Judging by the blogospheric reaction to the news of his possible nomination as the head of CIA, you’d think […]

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If this New York Times story turns out correct, Glenn Greenwald and Scott Horton will wake up to a nasty shock: President-elect Barack Obama is preparing to scrap the way President Bush oversaw domestic security in the White House and name a former Central Intelligence Agency official to coordinate counterterrorism, people close to the transition […]

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Salon blogger Glenn Greenwald, who has been a leading voice in the echo chamber of Google-based criticism of John Brennan’s CIA candidacy, today goes a step further in his self-righteous offensive and — I can’t believe I’m writing this — in true McCarthyist fashion provides a list of reporters he thinks have erred in “defending” […]

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At the risk of belabouring the point, I’m going to say a few more words about Case Brennan. A few days ago, commenting on blog posts that contributed to John Brennan withdrawing his candidacy for CIA director, I suggested that we bloggers “don’t dig up stuff, we just rip off other people’s work; and when […]

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Phew. After the blogger-concocted “Brennan scandal”, it must come as a great relief to Team Obama that the same virtual vetters are wholeheartedly endorsing the president-elect’s choice of Leon Panetta as CIA chief. Here’s Salon’s Glenn Greenwald recycling his own narrative: I don’t have any particular thoughts, one way or the other, about Panetta himself, […]

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