In a letter to President-elect Obama, John Brennan has asked that his name be withdrawn from consideration as CIA director. A number of bloggers had raised concerns that Brennan, who has supported Bush’s interrogation and detention policies in the past, was being considered for the position. Glenn Greenwald wrote that Brennan “was an ardent supporter of torture and one of the most emphatic advocates of FISA expansions and telecom immunity.” In his letter Tuesday, Brennan informed Obama that he did not want to be a distraction.
Greenwald reacts: “This is an important victory. It’s absolutely vital that these bright lines be re-established. Brennan’s being denied these positions due to his past advocacy is a big step towards achieving that.”