John Brennan Confirmation Hearing More Gracious Than Grueling

By:  Joe Wolverton, II, J.D.
02/11/2013
       
John Brennan Confirmation Hearing More Gracious Than Grueling

The Senate Intelligence Committee’s Thursday confirmation hearing of John Brennan, President Obama's nominee for head of the Central Intelligence Agency, was more gracious than grueling.

During his confirmation hearing before the Senate Intelligence Committee Thursday, CIA director nominee, John Brennan (pictured), responded to questions about the procedures used by U.S. agents in interrogating suspected terrorists, saying, “I don’t know what the facts are or what the truth is.”

Given the rest of his testimony, that’s about the most honest thing spoken by the drone assassination czar.

Over and over again, when pressed about details of the drone war and the use of the unmanned aerial vehicles in the “War on Terror,” Brennan hedged, demurred, and generally evaded every question.

It’s not surprising that committee members took it easy on Brennan (with the exception of a brief rat-a-tat with Republican Senator Saxby Chambliss of Georgia). After all, as was noted in Esquire, these are members of the “national-security priesthood.” They are, in several signal ways, co-conspirators in the policy that has killed thousands of individuals, three of whom were Americans, none of whom was ever charged or allowed to answer any charges.

As one watched the glorified job interview, one got the feeling that the candidate knew he was a shoo-in and that the question and answers were sound and fury signifying nothing.

It was almost theatrical. It was as if the players knew their roles and were merely acting a script for the benefit of an audience who demands these constitutional pantomimes.

Take, for example, the exchange between Brennan and Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) regarding the Obama administration’s assassination of American-born, Yemen-based cleric, Anwar al-Awlaki.

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