“The private electronic holdings of the Brennan family were plundered with malicious intent and are now being distributed across the web. “But we also have to address the political dimensions of this. “After Roscommon we went to Connemara and stayed in Barna. The rest is history, as the cliché goes. Associated With. You know, there are a lot of people who travel to Ireland for tourism, business, education, and I do think it is important for all the intelligence and security services to be vigilant there.”. He had a son and twin daughter with wife Kathy Pokluda Brennan. For a man dealing with potential Armageddon as his daily diet, John Brennan seems remarkably at ease. I draw on those foundations and morality ethics,” he says. “Yes, I sleep great,” he replies. I asked him what he wanted to be when he attended Fordham. John O Brennan doing EXACTLY what Putin would want an agent to do. He even has a couple of Irish words, pronouncing his name in Gaelic as Sean O Braonain. Whenever we go up there most of the talk is about Ireland. Adding in a second tweet, Paul said, "Today I will meet with the President and I will ask him to revoke John Brennan's security clearance!" I went to Indonesia the summer of my freshman year in college. January 7, 2013 - Nominated by Obama to be director of the CIA. It is clear that the Brennan family left the old country, but it never left them. “One of the disasters of our time. #3 – Iran – as a Russian ally, the Iran deal unquestionably strengthened Putin’s hand in the Mid-east. His CIA nomination by Obama was considered outrageous. While admitting that the actions of the CIA officers were "abhorrent", worthy of "repudiation", and had, at times, exceeded legal boundaries Brennan stated the CIA had also done "a lot of things right during this difficult time to keep this country strong and secured". “It should be the other way around. [21], Brennan was an early national security adviser to then-candidate Obama. Kathy’s husband began his service in government at the CIA, where he worked from 1980 to 2005. The corridors are the longest I’ve ever seen. 1994-1995 - CIA's daily intelligence briefer at the White House during the administration of US President Bill Clinton. [11][12] The ACLU called for the Senate not to proceed with the appointment until they confirmed that "all of his conduct was within the law" at the CIA and White House. I report. # 4 – Russian membership of the WTO, after 19 years of negotiation. The background form, known as an SF-86, is the one that milions of other government employees have filled out and that were stolen by Chinese hackers in the massive breach of the Office of Personnel Management. That’s in the physical domain, but the digital domain is a much more challenging one because people want their privacy and civil liberties.”, “Well I think they do,” Brennan replies. March 12, 2003-December 6, 2004 - Founding director of the CIA Terrorist Threat Integration Center. This attack is something that could happen to anyone and should be condemned, not promoted. The topic of election fraud is very current at the moment, from Donald Trump’s dire warnings to Russian sang froid about having nothing to do with it. That was 1975-’76, the year that American University in Beirut was closed down, so I went to American University Cairo, which got me interested in the Middle East. Again. The trouble is, his actions indicate a man who hates America. –SPOTTED: Ambassador Yousef Al Otaiba, Don Baer and Nancy Bard, Bret and Amy Baier, CIA Director John Brennan and Kathy Pokluda Brennan, Charlie … The challenges right now are the opposition is so multidimensional. [4] While a college student, in 1976, he voted for the Communist Party USA candidate for president, Gus Hall. There’s been a multidimensional campaign underway the last several years against ISIS, making good progress on the ground inside Syria and Iraq (the Mosul attack began the day we talked) and we will take away their control of territory, but this is, I think, going to be a challenge for a number of years to come.”. [4] He was director of the newly created Terrorist Threat Integration Center from 2003 to 2004, an office that sifted through and compiled information for President Bush's daily top secret intelligence briefings and employed the services of analysts from a dozen U.S. agencies and entities. I took Arabic while I was out there so that was the first exposure to it, and then I went to graduate school in University of Texas at Austin, and concentrated on Middle East studies and continued to refine my Arabic. She gave birth to a son and twin daughters. He only went to the equivalent of junior high and he took the test for college and passed with flying colors. Dep. Was considered a shoo-in for the position of CIA director after US President Barack Obama's election in November 2008. There is much better interaction between law enforcements and intelligence and diplomats and military, and so it’s a much less hospitable environment for terrorist organizations to operate within because we really have done a lot. [58], In April 2014, Brennan visited Kiev where he met with Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk and First Deputy Prime Minister Vitaliy Yarema and purportedly discussed intelligence-sharing between the United States and Ukraine. I was up there last Sunday. AND SENT TO GITMO. Maybe these are necessary visits. She gave birth to a son and twin daughters. Every (practicing) Islamist is subjugated to the Koran and Sharia Law and that demands they must both [4][7] Instead, Brennan was appointed Deputy National Security Advisor, a position which did not require Senate confirmation. In his speech, he explained the legality, morality, and effectiveness of the program. But that’s what happened on Wednesday when the website devoted to transparency and government accountability published loads of personal information about John Brennan, his wife, and children, and other people close to him that had no obvious connection to his work as the CIA chief or his earlier role as President Obama’s homeland security and counterterrorism adviser. I will not relent. “He will go on for 10 minutes with a poem. You may scapegoat Andy McCabe, but will not destroy America... America will triumph over you."[82]. What are the 2020 races to watch on Election Day? Required fields are marked *. Is there a sense that we are over exaggerating, that we are actually safer than we used to be I ask Brennan. Is Brennan A Russian Spy? Brennan loved to travel, was drawn to exotic locales, and spent a year as an exchange student in Cairo at the American University. What do Brennan’s parents have to say about their CIA chief son? "[7] At a press conference days after the failed Christmas Day bomb attack on Northwest Airlines Flight 253 by Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, Brennan said U.S. intelligence agencies did not miss any signs that could have prevented the attempt but later said he had let the president down by underestimating a small group of Yemeni terrorists and not connecting them to the attempted bomber. What sustains a person in such a tough profession? There is no indication that any the documents released thus far are classified. There was a lot of anxiousness and concern about the individuals who were a part of that raid,” Brennan recalls. His travel and exploration curiosity was about to become his life’s work. While enrolled at Fordham, he studied abroad at the American University in Cairo in 1975-1976. 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