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Obama trying to avoid picking intel officials associated with Bush’s policies.

By Faiz Shakir on December 1, 2008 at 10:30 am

"Obama trying to avoid picking intel officials associated with Bush’s policies."

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The Wall Street Journal reports that Obama is “moving more slowly on his intelligence picks in an attempt to find experienced officials who aren’t associated with the Bush administration’s controversial interrogation policies.” After former CIA official John Brennan withdrew his name from consideration due to his prior support for key Bush policies, retired Navy Adm. Dennis Blair emerged as a front-runner, though the decision hadn’t been finalized. “Blair is free of any association with two of the intelligence community’s most controversial issues: the CIA’s harsh interrogations of terrorism suspects and the National Security Agency’s warrantless wiretapping program.”

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