ACLU: Brennan's appointment as CIA chief should not proceed until his actions are investigated
January 7, 2012
ACLU on Brennan appointment to CIA Brennan Nomination to Head CIA Raises Concerns
The counterterrorism advisor’s nomination should not proceed until the Senate determines whether his past actions were within the law.
WASHINGTON – President Obama this afternoon nominated his counterterrorism advisor John Brennan to become the next director of the CIA. Laura W. Murphy, director of the ACLU’s Washington Legislative Office, had the following concerns with the president’s choice to fill this critical national security post.
Despite media reports that Brennan continually raised civil liberties concerns within the White House, noted Murphy, the Senate should not move forward with his nomination until it assesses the legality of his actions in past leadership positions in the CIA during the early years of the George W. Bush administration and in his current role in the ongoing targeted killing program.
“The Senate should not move forward with his nomination until all senators can assess the role of the CIA—and any role by Brennan himself—in torture, abuse, secret prisons, and extraordinary rendition during his past tenure at the CIA, as well as can review the legal authorities for the targeted killing program that he has overseen in his current position,” Murphy said. “This nomination is too important to proceed without the Senate first knowing what happened during Brennan's tenures at the CIA and the White House, and whether all of his conduct was within the law. “
Murphy also added that a recent Senate Intelligence Committee report could be used to determine the extent of Brennan’s role in these programs.