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CIA chief makes unannounced Israel visit amid growing concerns over Syrian weapons

An Israeli defense official says the head of the American CIA spy agency has made an unannounced visit to Israel.The official says CIA chief John Brennan met Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon. He did not disclose other details.The...Show More Summary

So a Guy Stripped Totally Naked at a TSA Checkpoint...

last yearLifestyle / Travel : Jaunted

This is without a doubt the least sexy naked travel post that we've ever blogged. John Brennan is a Portlander with what appears to be a libertarian streak. Last April he was going through a TSA checkpoint when officers detected nitrates on his clothing. Show More Summary

The leak that triggered the AP phone probe scandal

One of the curiosities of the Justice Department's extensive probe of the Associated Press's phone records is the role that CIA Director John Brennan played in the original leak incident. On Monday, the AP announced that the JusticeShow More Summary

Naked TSA Protester's Appeal to Be Heard Tuesday

As you may recall, John Brennan took off all his clothes last April at an airport checkpoint in Portland to protest being hassled by the TSA (they got a false positive on that swab test they do), and was then...

TSA Attempt to Fine Naked Man at Scanner Shows Problems with Administrative Law

last yearNews : Reason

You saw at Reason 24/7 last week that John Brennan, who went vital with his video of stripping naked in protest at a Portland airport TSA station, is facing a $1,000 fine from the agency and intends to appeal. This TSA fine was after...Show More Summary

Government Obtains Phone Records of 20 AP Phone Lines, Affecting Up to 100 Reporters, and Refuses to Say Why

Via AP: This may be part of an investigation into the leak of details of a terrorist bombing plot in Yemen in May, 2012. Testifying about the matter this past February, CIA Director John Brennan said that the FBI had...

TSA hearing for "Naked American Hero" John Brennan

last yearOdd : Boing Boing

Remember our happy mutant comrade John Brennan, who removed his clothes at the Portland Airport during a TSA screening? He was acquitted of a ridiculous indecent exposure charge, and now he is appealing an equally stupid fine from the Transportation Security Administration for “interfering with the screening process.” This might sound silly, but it's serious [...]

Why Isn’t the Name of the New Director of CIA’s National Clandestine Service Being Made Public?

CIA director John Brennan has appointed someone to fill the position of National Clandestine Service (NCS) director. The individual, however, is apparently going to keep his undercover status. First, a key aspect of this news is the fact that the person appointed is not the woman who had been serving as the acting director of the clandestine service.

President Obama, Don’t Let the CIA Control the Torture Narrative

When former White House counterterrorism advisor John Brennan went before the Senate in early February for his confirmation hearing to lead the CIA, he made a startling admission. After reading the 300-page summary of the Senate Select...Show More Summary

Brennan vs The Release Of The Torture Report

It’s a relief to find that, thanks to DiFi, John Brennan will not promote someone who destroyed the tapes of the CIA’s torture sessions of waterboarding. But it’s not a surprise that this old CIA hand is “defiant” when it comes to allowing the American people to read the full report on the war crimes [...]

CIA director Brennan selects new head of clandestine unit

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - CIA Director John Brennan has chosen a 30-year veteran of the spy agency to head the clandestine service, which conducts covert operations and recruits agents overseas.

The Senate Kills Background Checks, and Obama Gets Angry

Official White House Photo by Pete Souza "The President reacts as John Brennan briefs him on the details of the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn.  Yesterday, a Republican filibuster killed the Senate compromise...Show More Summary

Rep. Michele Bachmann Completely Baffles John Brennan With Bizarre Questions During CIA Hearing

last yearNews : Mediaite

Representatives from the CIA, including newly-installed Director John Brennan, didn't quite know what to make of Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) this week when they sat down to answer questions from the House Intelligence Committee. Each...Show More Summary

Top Secret Intelligence Reports Show Obama’s Drones Aren’t Only Deployed Against Al Qaeda Leaders

United States government officials like now-CIA director John Brennan have asserted individuals must be a “legitimate target under the law” in order to be targeted and killed. However, top secret intelligence reports indicate “drone strikes in Pakistan over a four-year period didn’t adhere” to such a standard.

Standing Strong for the Second Amendment

Kentucky Senator Rand Paul raised his public profile last month with his principled filibuster of John Brennan’s nomination for Director of Central Intelligence for a continuous 13.5 hours without a break. In a Democrat-controlled Senate...Show More Summary

Damage at the CIA

CIA director John Brennan apparently has decided to postpone and reverse the appointment of the first woman to head the CIA directorate of operations (which controls all covert operations and spying). According to press reports, Brennan...Show More Summary

The CIA's Moral Abyss

Jacob Heilbrunn The CIA is once again staring into a moral abyss. Its new head John Brennan, who I argued should not have been confirmed to run the agency, is now confronted with a dilemma, as the Washington Post reports, about whether...Show More Summary

First Female Head of CIA’s Clandestine Service Signed Off on Destruction of Torture Tapes

One week before John Brennan assumed office as CIA director, a woman was put in charge of the CIA's clandestine service. It was the first time in the history of the agency that a female officer was running the agency. But, accordingShow More Summary

John Brennan's Spooky Swearing-In

For the man who will be America's spymaster, it was an odd move for him to stir up trouble. Our top spy's action was, well, "spooky."

Morning Must Reads: March 27

Supreme Court hears case on whether married same-sex couples are entitled to federal benefits. TIME’s Michael Crowley says Justice Kennedy will be the one to watch today. CIA Director John Brennan faces a quandary over his appointment for clandestine service chief. Show More Summary

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