-Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Dianne Feinstein
Brennan’s CIA confirmation hearing yesterday:
Brennan delivered a confident and at times combative defense of his record and the administration’s decisions, and emerged from the session on course to be confirmed for the CIA job, perhaps as early as next week.
But Brennan, whose opening remarks were interrupted repeatedly by protesters in the audience, also expressed dismay with the way the administration’s actions have been perceived.
The previous administration never had problems with how its policy decisions were being (mis)perceived, did it?
It was not as if Code Pink were trying very hard to hide.
As John Brennan prepared to begin his testimony before the Senate intelligence committee, the audience behind him included a number of women wearing pink clothes, marking them out as members of the high-profile anti-war activist group.
The man who desires to be the next CIA director had not even opened his mouth before the first interruption occurred and a Code Pink supporter was removed from the room. At least three more interruptions were to follow, with some Code Pink members even waving props as they hurled insults linking Brennan’s high-profile advocacy of the use of drones to strike suspected militants abroad.
The move prompted committee chair Dianne Feinstein to take the unusual step of halting the hearing, clearing the room and prohibiting Code Pink members from returning to the chamber. But Code Pink’s point had already been made. The drones controversy that has dogged Brennan ever since his name was put forward to be America’s top spy had followed him to the hallowed halls of the Capitol.