Council on Foreign Relations Q&A with CIA Director John Brennan

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CIA Director John Brennan visits the Council on Foreign Relations to discuss the current challenges facing the intelligence community including accusations that the CIA may have hacked into Senate staff computers. Andrea Mitchell of NBC News presides over the Q&A, she is also the wife of former Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan. Note: at the beginning of the speech Brennan also thanks, Richard Haass,  CFR President since 2003, and expert in U.S. foreign policy; international security; globalization; Asia; Middle East

Vice President Joe Biden swears in CIA Director John Brennan at the White House, March 8, 2013. (David Lienemann/Official White House photo)Brennan also brings up the issue of his oath being sworn to the constitution was actually a version without the bill of rights.

He was sworn in with his hand on an original draft of the Constitution that had George Washington’s personal handwriting and annotations on it, dating from 1787. Brennan told the president that he made the request to the archives because he wanted to reaffirm his commitment to the rule of law as he took the oath of office as director of the CIA.

Brennan denied that the CIA is trying to prevent the Senate Intelligence Committee from publishing the results of their investigation into the Agency’s controversial rendition, detention, and interrogation program. He also gives his perspective on, the missing Malaysian airliner, the ongoing crises Ukraine and Syria and the fallout from the Edward Snowden leaks.