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Senate to vote on Obama's pick for FBI director

WASHINGTON, July 18 (UPI) -- The U.S. Senate's Judiciary Committee Thursday voted to send the nomination of James B. Comey for the next FBI director to the Senate for a floor vote.
Cruz: More 'whacko birds' than McCain thinks

Cruz: More 'whacko birds' than McCain thinks

WASHINGTON, May 24 (UPI) -- Senators who John McCain, R-Ariz., once called "whacko birds" are the real Republican mainstream, said Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, daring McCain to prove him wrong.

CIA passes over woman to lead clandestine services

WASHINGTON, May 8 (UPI) -- The first woman to lead the CIA's clandestine services, but involved in its divisive interrogation program, won't keep her job in an agency-announced shake-up.

W.H. to give legal basis for drone attacks

WASHINGTON, Feb. 6 (UPI) -- Key lawmakers will get secret papers laying out the legal reasoning for killing U.S. citizens suspected of terrorism, an administration official said Wednesday.
White House urged to boost CIA drone fleet

White House urged to boost CIA drone fleet

WASHINGTON, Oct. 19 (UPI) -- The CIA has urged the White House to boost the agency's armed drone fleet to fight new North Africa al-Qaida threats, U.S. officials told The Washington Post.

U.N. to probe errant U.S. drone attacks

CAMBRIDGE, Mass., Oct. 26 (UPI) -- An independent U.N. counter-terrorism expert says he will probe U.S. drone attacks and other targeted assassinations that result in civilian deaths or injuries.

New Libyan P.M. begins selecting Cabinet

TRIPOLI, Libya, Oct. 15 (UPI) -- Libya's new prime minister Monday began considering possible Cabinet members, including ministers in charge of catching the U.S. Consulate attackers.

U.S. studying Benghazi security cam videos

TRIPOLI, Libya, Oct. 9 (UPI) -- U.S. agents are studying security videos from the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi for clues to the attack that killed four Americans, a U.S. senator in Libya said.

Al-Qaida threat examined in North Africa

WASHINGTON, Oct. 2 (UPI) -- U.S. officials say the White House has been considering whether to prepare for unilateral strikes against al-Qaida's affiliate in North Africa.

Some U.S. drone attacks may be war crimes

GENEVA, Switzerland, June 22 (UPI) -- Some U.S. predator drone attacks may constitute war crimes and all such killings can encourage others to flout human rights standards, a U.N. investigator said.
U.S. official defends drone strikes as legal, effective

U.S. official defends drone strikes as legal, effective

WASHINGTON, May 1 (UPI) -- The White House's top counter-terrorism adviser defended the administration's use of drones against suspected terrorists as legal and effective tools.
ANDY MATARRESE, MEDILL NEWS SERVICE, Writen for UPI
Obama uses dissident for human rights talk

Obama uses dissident for human rights talk

BEIJING, April 30 (UPI) -- U.S. President Obama used Chinese dissident Chen Guangcheng, who fled house arrest in China, as a springboard Monday to discuss human rights in China.

GOP lawmakers seek military terror trials

WASHINGTON, Oct. 28 (UPI) -- GOP lawmakers want al-Qaida suspects who aren't U.S. citizens to be held and tried by the military even if they're arrested in the United States, a report says.
Adviser outlines counter-terrorism plans

Adviser outlines counter-terrorism plans

WASHINGTON, June 30 (UPI) -- The top counter-terrorism adviser to U.S. President Obama says plans to defeat al-Qaida will rely more heavily on a clandestine campaign.

Industry wants cybersecurity measures fast-tracked

WASHINGTON, Dec. 30 (UPI) -- The Obama administration is under increasing pressure from the security industry after the delays experienced in the appointment of Howard Schmidt as the president's cybersecurity coordinator.
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WAP2003091210 - WASHINGTON, SEPT. 23, 2003 (UPI) -- John O. Brennan, director of the terrorist threat integration center at the CIA testifies before the Senate Judiciary subcommittee on immigration, border security and citizenship hearing about the progress of information sharing and coordination in the process of issuing visas. Since Sept. 11, 2001, various agencies have been sharing intelligence information on an unprecedented scale in an attempt to keep out of the U.S. unwanted individuals including possible terrorists. RLW/ROGER L. WOLLENBERG
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John O. Brennan (born September 22, 1955) is chief counterterrorism advisor to U.S. President Barack Obama; officially his title is Deputy National Security Advisor for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism, and Assistant to the President. His responsibilities include overseeing plans to protect the country from terrorism and respond to natural disasters, and he meets with the President daily. Previously, he advised Obama on foreign policy and intelligence issues during the 2008 presidential campaign and transition. Brennan withdrew his name from consideration for Director of the CIA in the new Obama administration over concerns about his views regarding the CIA under President George W. Bush. Instead, Brennan was appointed Deputy National Security Advisor, a position which did not require Senate confirmation.

After leaving government service in 2005, Brennan became CEO of The Analysis Corporation, a security consulting business, and served as chairman of the Intelligence and National Security Alliance, an association of intelligence professionals. Brennan's 25 years with the CIA included work as a Near East and South Asia analyst, as station chief in Saudi Arabia, and as director of the National Counterterrorism Center.

Brennan, the son of Irish immigrants from Roscommon, Ireland, was raised in North Bergen, New Jersey. He attended the Immaculate Heart of Mary elementary school, and graduated from Saint Joseph of the Palisades High School in West New York, New Jersey.

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