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Obama nominates mastermind of controversial drone strike programme as next CIA director

Published: January 7, 2013
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Source: UK Daily Mail

The man who has masterminded the expansion of a drone programme that has carried out more than 300 remote strikes against terrorist targets, killing some 2,500 people, is to be nominated as director of the Central Intelligence Agency.


John Brennan, 57, the current head of counter-terrorism, has also provoked ire on the Left because of his connection during the Bush administration, when he was a senior CIA officer, to ‘Enhanced Interrogation Techniques’ such as water-boarding, which many regard as torture.

President Barack Obama intended to nominate Brennan for the CIA post in 2009 but changed his mind following opposition from Democrats. Instead, Brennan became his top counter-terrorism adviser in the White House and went on to play a key role in the killing of Osama bin Laden.

Brennan angered many on the Right and some senior Obama administration officials, most notably Robert Gates, the then Pentagon chief, by delivering a briefing about bin Laden’s death that contained significant inaccuracies.

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