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Brennan Won’t Be CIA Director

Last updated: July 31, 2020 | November 25, 2008 | Rian Mcconnell

So much for John Brennan, the former CIA official who wasn’t actually an advocate of torture but who was pilloried for being so in the blogosphere. The Associated Press reports he’s taken himself out of the running to be Obama’s CIA director or director of national intelligence in a letter to the president-elect:

“The fact that I was not involved in the decisionmaking process for any of these controversial policies and actions has been ignored,” he wrote, in a letter obtained by The Associated Press.

First Read has the whole letter, which includes this line: “It has been immaterial to the critics that I have been a strong opponent of many of the policies of the Bush Administration, such as the preemptive war in Iraq and coercive interrogation tactics, to include waterboarding.”

Rian Mcconnell | Rian is a Villanova University graduate who was born in DuBois, Pennsylvania. He graduated from Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia with a medical degree. His residency was at Thomas Jefferson and its associated Wills Eye Hospital, and he finished his education with fellowships in cataract and corneal surgery at the University of Connecticut. He has a vast experience in ophthalmic surgery, with a focus on cataract surgery, corneal transplantation, and laser refractive procedures. He serves on the board of Vision Health International, an agency that provides eye care and surgery to indigent patients in Central and South America, in addition to his surgical practice.

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