|John Brennan, delivering|
2012 Fordham Commencement address
But Brennan does not admit that much of what was `authorized' in the DOJ's Office of Legal Counsel "torture memos" was in fact unlawful. I understand that as a long-time intelligence officer (he was Deputy Director on 9/11) he acts to defend the institution. He nonetheless falls short in the most important way. Unlike Senator McCain's stirring statement, Brennan's acknowledgement of "mistakes" is not enough. He does not muster the candor say that crimes were committed that went unpunished. Nor does he say that not only the United States Code but our treaty obligations were violated or that legislation is needed to codify President Obama's Executive Order. Since CIA favorite Senator Richard Burr (R-N.C.) will now replace Feinstein as leader of the Senate Committee I am less than reassured. The "tough guy" mentality is too deeply embedded in to many minds to have any reason for optimism as the resurgent GOP takes power in both houses of Congress.
Feinstein Response to CIA Director on Detention, Interrogation Program - Press Releases - News Room - United States Senator Dianne Feinstein
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