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March 5, 2013 | By Ken Dilanian and Michael A. Memoli
WASHINGTON -- The Senate Intelligence Committee voted 12 to 3 on Tuesday to approve John Brennan's as the next CIA director, ending weeks of delay and setting the stage for the full Senate to vote on Brennan's nomination later this week. The committee approved Brennan's nomination in a closed-door hearing after the White House belatedly agreed to give the House and Senate Intelligence committees access to classified Justice Department opinions that the Obama administration used to justify the targeted killing of American terror suspects overseas.
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NATIONAL
March 13, 2014 | By David Horsey
California Sen. Dianne Feinstein's accusation that the CIA has illegally spied on Congress has caused everyone from South Carolina's hawkish Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham to on-the-run whistle-blower Edward Snowden to weigh in. Feinstein, a Democrat, chairs the Senate Intelligence Committee. She claims there is evidence that the CIA conducted surveillance on committee staffers who were looking through classified documents related to the spy agency's interrogation and detention practices during the administration of President George W. Bush.
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NATIONAL
March 6, 2013 | By Michael A. Memoli
WASHINGTON - Sen. Rand Paul ended a marathon filibuster of John Brennan's nomination to lead the CIA early Thursday after holding the floor for nearly 13 hours, focusing on concerns over the constitutionality of the administration's use of drone strikes to target suspected terrorists. The Kentucky Republican began speaking at 11:47 a.m. Wednesday and yielded the floor at 12:39 a.m. Thursday. A self-described champion of constitutional liberties, Paul said he simply wanted the White House to assure him that it had no authority to target an American within the United States under the drone program.
WORLD
March 3, 2014 | By Ken Dilanian, This post has been updated, as indicated below.
[Updated, 8 p.m., March 3: WASHINGTON - CIA director John Brennan told a senior lawmaker Monday that a 1997 treaty between Russia and Ukraine allows up to 25,000 Russia troops in the vital Crimea region, so Russia may not consider its recent troop movements to be an invasion, U.S. officials said. The number of Russian troops that have surged into Ukraine in recent days remains well below that threshold, Brennan said, according to U.S. officials who declined to be named in describing private discussions and declined to name the legislator.
NATIONAL
January 7, 2013 | By Ken Dilanian, Los Angeles Times
In June 2011, in a major speech on anti-terrorism efforts, John Brennan made the startling claim that there hadn't been a "single collateral death" in more than 100 covert U.S. drone strikes in Pakistan over a 12-month period. Yet just three months earlier, American missiles had rained down on what senior Pakistani officials said was a tribal council over a mining dispute in North Waziristan, killing as many as 45 men, most of whom the Pakistanis insist were neither members of the Taliban nor Al Qaeda.
NEWS
January 7, 2013 | By Christi Parsons
President Obama plans to nominate top counter-terrorism advisor John Brennan to lead the CIA, a senior administration official said today. Brennan, a 25-year veteran of the agency, would take the helm of the CIA in the wake of the resignation of former Army Gen. David Petraeus. The White House is kicking off its effort to promote Brennan this morning, as the president also prepares to launch his formal pitch for former Republican Sen. Chuck Hagel to become secretary of Defense.
NATIONAL
February 4, 2013 | By Ken Dilanian, Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON - President Obama's choice to be the next CIA director will face tough questions at his Senate confirmation hearing Thursday, but it appears unlikely that lawmakers' concerns will derail his nomination. Some Democrats on the Senate Intelligence Committee, including Mark Udall of Colorado and Ron Wyden of Oregon, were miffed that John Brennan had not read the 300-page executive summary of a Senate report on the CIA's interrogation program before meeting with them recently.
NATIONAL
February 8, 2013 | By David Horsey
It is certainly not what he hoped or intended, but one of President Obama's biggest legacies in foreign affairs may prove to be the proliferation of drones as tools of war, assassination and terror. Obama is not the first to use drones to strike enemy targets, but the 300 attacks that have occurred on his watch are six times the number carried out under President George W. Bush. A new set of guidelines that give the president broad discretion in approving execution by drones, coupled with the current congressional hearings on the nomination of John Brennan as CIA director, have brought the drone debate front and center.  Civil libertarians and activists on the left see the use of missile-firing drones to take out suspected terrorists as a threat to the rule of law. They are particularly concerned that American citizens, such as Al Qaeda propagandist Anwar Awlaki, have been killed in drone strikes without a finding of guilt and sentencing in a U.S. court.
NEWS
December 5, 1995
John Brennan, a nationally respected polling expert who was director of the Los Angeles Times Poll for the past four years, has died. He was 41. Brennan, who lived in Marina del Rey, died Sunday night at Midway Hospital in Los Angeles after a stroke that was related to cancer of the brain. "John was a brilliant analyst of polling and public opinion," said Times Editor and Executive Vice President Shelby Coffey III.
OPINION
February 7, 2013
Thursday's confirmation hearings for John Brennan, President Obama's nominee to head the Central Intelligence Agency, offer a rare opportunity for senators to press the architect of the administration's policy of targeted killings about its legal rationale and practical application. The urgency of such an inquiry was underlined by the release this week of a troubling Justice Department document suggesting that the administration asserts the authority to assassinate suspected terrorists, including U.S. citizens, even when they aren't planning an imminent attack - guidelines that could allow for a broad expansion of executive power to authorize such killings.
NATIONAL
May 16, 2013 | By Ken Dilanian, Los Angeles Times
WASHINGTON - Disclosure of a highly classified intelligence operation in Yemen last year compromised an exceedingly rare and valuable espionage achievement: an informant who had earned the trust of hardened terrorists, according to U.S. officials. The operation received new scrutiny this week after the Justice Department disclosed it had obtained telephone records for calls to and from more than 20 lines belonging to the Associated Press news service and its journalists in April and May 2012 in a high-level investigation of the alleged leak of classified information.
NEWS
March 7, 2013 | By Paul Whitefield
Not to be all paranoid and everything, but is someone out to get me -- er, us? You have to admit, given the week's news, that Buffalo Springfield may have been on to something in the summer of '67: Paranoia strikes deep Into your life it will creep It starts when you're always afraid You step out of line, the man come and take you away. Don't believe me? Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) certainly does. He took one look at a letter from Atty. Gen. Eric H. Holder Jr. -- in which Holder opined that under “an extraordinary circumstance” a president could order a drone strike to kill an American citizen on U.S. soil -- and promptly stalled the Senate's confirmation of John Brennan as CIA director on Wednesday with a daylong filibuster . I'll spare you the full 13 hours of Paul's talk-a-thon.
NATIONAL
March 7, 2013 | By Ken Dilanian and Michael Memoli, Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON - Having spent 25 years as a CIA analyst and overseas operative, John Brennan is one of the few career spies ever to lead America's premier spy service.  The Senate voted 63 to 34 Thursday to confirm Brennan as CIA director after weeks of delay - and a dramatic 13-hour talking filibuster on Wednesday - as lawmakers from both parties pushed the Obama administration for access to secret documents about the targeted killing of militants overseas...
NEWS
March 7, 2013 | By Lisa Mascaro and Michael A. Memoli
WASHINGTON - The political fallout from Sen. Rand Paul's filibuster has begun as fellow Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham switched Thursday to support John Brennan as CIA director, saying the vote has become a “referendum” on the drone program. Graham's changed position comes after Paul, the Kentucky tea party favorite, became an overnight political sensation for holding the Senate floor nearly 13 hours as he pressed the Obama administration for assurances Americans would not be targeted on U.S. soil by unmanned military-style aircraft.
NEWS
March 7, 2013 | By Michael A. Memoli
WASHINGTON  - A day after launching an unusual talking filibuster, Sen. Rand Paul quickly dropped his objection to a Senate vote on John Brennan's nomination to lead the CIA after Atty. Gen. Eric H. Holder Jr. satisfied his concerns that the president doesn't have authority to order a lethal drone strike on U.S. soil outside combat. It took the Kentucky Republican barely two minutes Thursday to declare that the Obama administration had acknowledged and answered the questions he had raised in a nearly 13-hour filibuster that began before noon Wednesday and ended after midnight.
NEWS
March 7, 2013 | By Morgan Little
Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) delivered a nearly 13-hour filibuster Wednesday of John Brennan 's nomination to lead the CIA . Paul used his time on the floor to question the legality of the White House 's policies on drone use, beginning at 11:47 a.m. EST and ending at 12:39 a.m. EST Thursday. Below is the transcript of Paul's remarks, as his office released them, hour by hour. Hour 1: I rise today to begin to filibuster John Brennan's nomination for the CIA I will speak until I can no longer speak.
NATIONAL
November 26, 2008 | Greg Miller, Miller is a writer in our Washington bureau.
The leading candidate to be CIA director for President-elect Barack Obama withdrew from consideration Tuesday amid mounting opposition from liberal groups, marking the first time that the incoming administration appeared to bow to outside pressure on a high-level appointment.
WORLD
August 8, 2012 | By Ken Dilanian, Los Angeles Times
WASHINGTON - The White House counter-terrorism advisor on Wednesday staunchly defended the Obama administration's growing campaign of drone missile attacks in Yemen, pushing back against critics who say the drones cause civilian casualties and breed sympathy for the militants. In his most explicit comments on Washington's largely hidden military and intelligence operations in Yemen, John Brennan said no evidence indicates that the drone strikes are helping recruit members for Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, or AQAP, the Yemen-based group that is Al Qaeda's most active branch.
NEWS
March 7, 2013 | By Ken Dilanian and Michael A. Memoli
WASHINGTON   - The Senate voted Thursday to confirm John Brennan as director of the Central Intelligence Agency, ending weeks of delay as lawmakers sought access to secret Obama administration documents about the targeted killing of militants overseas and the Sept. 11 attacks last year that killed four Americans in Benghazi, Libya. The 63 to 34 vote came a day after Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) launched a rare and dramatic form of filibuster - talking for nearly 13 hours Wednesday on the Senate floor  - to express concerns that the Obama administration had not categorically ruled out authority to use a drone to target an American on U.S. soil.
NEWS
March 6, 2013 | By Michael A. Memoli
WASHINGTON -- What began as Rand Paul's one-man crusade to press the Obama administration for clarity regarding its prosecution of U.S. citizens suspected of terrorist ties became a bipartisan spectacle in the Senate chamber Wednesday -- one that delayed a vote on the president's choice for a new CIA director. Senate leaders had said they could hold a vote on John Brennan's nomination as soon as Wednesday evening, barely 24 hours after a lopsided vote in his favor in the Intelligence Committee.
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