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Kit Bond: John Brennan 'needs to go'
Politico ^ | 2/9/10 | KASIE HUNT

Posted on 02/10/2010 6:18:38 AM PST by ricks_place

Sen. Kit Bond (R-Mo.) called for the removal of the White House's top counterterrorism official Tuesday, intensifying Republican criticism of the administration's handling of the attempted terrorist attack on Christmas Day.

Bond said John Brennan, a special assistant to the president for counterterrorism, needs to resign because of the politcal role he has played.

Brennan "needs to go," Bond told the National Review Online, a position spokeswoman Shana Marchio confirmed.

"Our problem now is that we have to wonder whether we can trust Brennan after he has been a mouthpiece for the political arm that I thought only came out of the White House press office," Bond said. "Instead of having real debates on our nation's terror-fighting policies, the national security team has become a bench of political spokespeople."

Bond has accused the administration of negligence for reading the suspected underwear bomber, Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, his Miranda rights after less than an hour of questioning. Bond's call for Brennan's resignation comes in the wake of a USA Today op-ed Brennan published Tuesday accusing Republicans of jeopardizing national security with political attacks.

Bond's criticism is directed at a background briefing the administration held for reporters that revealed Abdulmutallab was again providing intelligence to federal investigators—a move designed to thwart Republican attacks accusing the White House of sacrificing valuable intelligence in favor of a fair

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TOPICS: News/Current Events; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: 111th; dissentispatriotic; johnbrennan; kitbond
Brennan is not the only one in the Obama Administration who needs to resign.
1 posted on 02/10/2010 6:18:38 AM PST by ricks_place
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To: ricks_place
The Obama administration is nothing if not political...and then they have the "audacity" to accuse others of playing politics when they raise the issue.

Like Obama, it is a perversion of the kind of ethical behavior one would expect from an administration.

2 posted on 02/10/2010 6:21:17 AM PST by SonOfDarkSkies (Luke 12:34 -- For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.)
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To: ricks_place

Hoekstra also on board with this, says Brennan lied about briefing top GOP leaders on Christmas Day?


3 posted on 02/10/2010 6:23:10 AM PST by silverleaf (My Proposed Federal Budget is $29.99)
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To: ricks_place

Brennan will not be “fired”- his contractors breached State Department and did the cleanup work on Barry’s (and family’s?) passport records


4 posted on 02/10/2010 6:24:43 AM PST by silverleaf (My Proposed Federal Budget is $29.99)
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To: ricks_place

OMG, it actually appears some Republicans have regained their vertebrae again ... let’s hope it stays this way.


5 posted on 02/10/2010 6:31:28 AM PST by canuck_conservative
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To: ricks_place
Brennan is the perfect example of how power corrupts. He used to be a good guy, and should have retired at the end of George Bush's last term.
6 posted on 02/10/2010 6:33:33 AM PST by Coldwater Creek ("We must have pie. Stress cannot exist in the presence of pie." David Mamet)
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To: silverleaf; All

BINGO!

Podesta had pegged Brennan for Panetta’s position ...

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/01/08/us/politics/08council.html

Obama Is Reported Set to Revise Counterterrorism Efforts
New York Times, The (NY) - Thursday, January 8, 2009
Author: PETER BAKER

Abstract: Pres-elect Obama reportedly is preparing to scrap Bush administration’s approach to overseeing domestic security and name former CIA official John O Brennan to coordinate counterterrorism; plan would eliminate independent homeland security adviser’s office and assign those duties to National Security Council;

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/01/08/AR2009010804108.html

Obama Taps CIA Veteran As Adviser On Terror - Brennan Has Drawn Fire on Interrogations
Washington Post, The (DC) - Friday, January 9, 2009
Author: R. Jeffrey Smith, Washington Post Staff Writer
Barack Obama has picked John O. Brennan as his top adviser on counterterrorism, a role that will give the CIA veteran a powerful voice on the government’s use of security contractors and on other sensitive issues in which he recently has played a private-sector role.

By appointing Brennan to a senior White House position not subject to Senate approval, Obama is also making him an influential adviser on the Middle East and on Iran, a topic on which Brennan has called for a sharp break with past U.S. policy.

The president-elect’s decision comes only six weeks after Brennan was forced to pull out of contention for the directorship of the CIA because of fears that his statements supporting some controversial interrogation techniques would have complicated his confirmation.

The firm Brennan heads, the Analysis Corp., and its corporate parent have earned millions of dollars over the past decade assisting several federal agencies and private firms on counterterrorism. Those oil and telecommunications firms have worked in countries beset by violence, including Mozambique, Liberia, Colombia and Pakistan — all of which have been topics of intense policy debate in Washington.

http://www.americanprogress.org/issues/2009/08/roundup080709.html

National Security
Sustainable Security 101

The Center continued its work on “sustainable security” by publishing an introduction to the subject after Senior Counterterrorism Advisor John O. Brennan said that the United States must redefine its strategy to include all facets of national power.

CAP’s CEO and President John D. Podesta accompanied former President Bill Clinton to North Korea on a mission to secure the freedom of journalists Laura Ling and Euna Lee. And Colin Thomas-Jensen offered an analysis on Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s visit to the Democratic Republic of Congo in an Ask the Expert video.

http://www.therightperspective.org/2009/07/24/security-breach-may-lead-to-obama-natural-born-status/

Security Breach May Lead To Obama Natural Born Status

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/2232588/posts?page=105

Key witness in (presidential) passport fraud case fatally shot [old article]
Washington Times ^ | 4/18/2008 |


7 posted on 02/10/2010 6:34:21 AM PST by maggief
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To: ricks_place

Obama needs to clean house starting at the TOP!


8 posted on 02/10/2010 6:38:46 AM PST by DrDeb
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To: canuck_conservative

Bond awakens every few years and acts like a Republican.


9 posted on 02/10/2010 7:06:48 AM PST by Eric in the Ozarks (Impeachment !)
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To: ricks_place
Nobody in the Obama admin needs to resign. Obama needs to start exercising his "serves at the pleasure of the President" right. He needs to start firing his "running for office" flunkies and hire some competent people or he's doomed to failure.

Here's a start. 1) Fire Brennan, 2) Fire Emanuel, 3) Fire Gibbs, 4) Fire Jarrett, 5) Fire Axelrod, 6) Fire Holder, 7) Fire Napolitano, 8) Fire Orzag, 9) Fire Sibelius, and 10) Fire Geithner. That's a good start. Next week get rid of 10 more.

10 posted on 02/10/2010 7:40:28 AM PST by Harley (Life is Tough, But It's a Lot Tougher When You're a Liberal. Stop Global Whining Now.)
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