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John Brennan Quotes By John O. Brennan

By the time President Obama took office, Guantanamo was viewed internationally as a symbol of a counterterrorism approach that flouted our laws and strayed from our values, undercutting the perceived legitimacy - and therefore the effectiveness - of our efforts. — John O. Brennan

John Brennan Quotes By John O. Brennan

I'm not ideological. I think sometimes when people are ideological, the world's a lot easier. Because it falls into either right or wrong, or black or white, or whatever. To me, I'm still trying to figure out a lot of things. — John O. Brennan

John Brennan Quotes By John O. Brennan

We're trying to be very careful and precise in our use of language, because I think the language we use and the images we project really do have resonance. It's the reason why I don't use the term jihadist to refer to terrorists. It gives them the religious legitimacy they so desperately seek, but I ain't gonna give it to them. — John O. Brennan

John Brennan Quotes By John O. Brennan

When we uphold the rule of law, our counterterrorism tools are more likely to withstand the scrutiny of our courts, our allies, and the American people. — John O. Brennan

John Brennan Quotes By John O. Brennan

U.S. computer networks and databases are under daily cyber attack by nation states, international crime organizations, subnational groups, and individual hackers. — John O. Brennan

John Brennan Quotes By John O. Brennan

Terrorists are not 100 feet tall. Nor do they deserve the abject fear they seek to instill. — John O. Brennan

John Brennan Quotes By John O. Brennan

Jihad is holy struggle, a legitimate tenet of Islam, meaning to purify oneself or one's community. — John O. Brennan

John Brennan Quotes By John O. Brennan

As a matter of international law, the United States is in an armed conflict with al-Qa'ida, the Taliban, and associated forces, in response to the 9/11 attacks, and we may also use force consistent with our inherent right of national self-defense. — John O. Brennan

John Brennan Quotes By Christopher John Brennan

Fire
Fire In The Heavens

Fire in the heavens, and fire along the hills,
and fire made solid in the flinty stone,
thick-mass'd or scatter'd pebble, fire that fills
the breathless hour that lives in fire alone.

This valley, long ago the patient bed
of floods that carv'd its antient amplitude,
in stillness of the Egyptian crypt outspread,
endures to drown in noon-day's tyrant mood.

Behind the veil of burning silence bound,
vast life's innumerous busy littleness
is hush'd in vague-conjectured blur of sound
that dulls the brain with slumbrous weight, unless

some dazzling puncture let the stridence throng
in the cicada's torture-point of song. — Christopher John Brennan

John Brennan Quotes By John O. Brennan

The CIA has acknowledged that it has detained about 100 terrorists since 9/11, and about a third of them have been subjected to what the CIA refers to as 'enhanced interrogation tactics,' and only a small proportion of those have in fact been subjected to the most serious types of enhanced procedures. — John O. Brennan

John Brennan Quotes By John O. Brennan

In full accordance with the law - and in order to prevent terrorist attacks on the United States and to save American lives - the United States government conducts targeted strikes against specific al-Qa'ida terrorists, sometimes using remotely piloted aircraft, often referred to publicly as drones. — John O. Brennan

John Brennan Quotes By John O. Brennan

The misunderstandings - or, what really bothers me are the intentional misrepresentations of the facts, which take place on a fairly regular basis. To think that we, people who are involved in counterterrorism, do not care about civilian casualties or deaths or injuries, is just totally, totally wrong. — John O. Brennan

John Brennan Quotes By John O. Brennan

I'm neither Republican nor Democrat. I've worked for the past five administrations. — John O. Brennan

John Brennan Quotes By John O. Brennan

President Obama has made it clear that the United States is determined to prevent Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons. — John O. Brennan

John Brennan Quotes By John O. Brennan

We know from the material that was recovered from the bin Laden compound that bin Laden was looking at the 10th anniversary of 9/11 as an opportunity to strike yet again at the U.S. homeland. — John O. Brennan

John Brennan Quotes By John O. Brennan

You always debate with yourself about whether or not you made the right decision. And you have to then give the person that you're working for your best judgment based on your understanding of the facts, but also the calculus you use to make a determination about what's the best way to go forward. — John O. Brennan

John Brennan Quotes By John O. Brennan

The United States does not view our authority to use military force against Al Qaeda as being restricted solely to 'hot' battlefields like Afghanistan. — John O. Brennan

John Brennan Quotes By John O. Brennan

I go to bed at night worrying that I didn't do enough that day to make sure I protect the American people. — John O. Brennan

John Brennan Quotes By John O. Brennan

The risk of just one terrorist with just one nuclear weapon is a risk we simply cannot afford to take. — John O. Brennan

John Brennan Quotes By John O. Brennan

I think we do have to take off the gloves in some areas, but within balance, and at the right time and the right way, and for the right reason and with full understanding of what the consequences of that might be. — John O. Brennan

John Brennan Quotes By Brennan Manning

To ignore, repress, or dismiss our feelings is to fail to listen to the stirrings of the Spirit within our emotional life. Jesus listened. In John's Gospel we are told that Jesus was moved with the deepest emotions (11:33) ... The gospel portrait of the beloved Child of Abba is that of a man exquisitely attuned to His emotions and uninhibited in expressing them. The Son of Man did not scorn of reject feelings as fickle and unreliable. They were sensitive antennae to which He listened carefully and through which He perceived the will of His Father for congruent speech and action. — Brennan Manning

John Brennan Quotes By John O. Brennan

Poverty does not cause violence and terrorism. Lack of education does not cause terrorism. — John O. Brennan

John Brennan Quotes By John O. Brennan

Al-Qa'ida is the antithesis of the peace, tolerance and humanity that is at the heart of Islam. — John O. Brennan

John Brennan Quotes By John O. Brennan

Terrorism needs to be fought against and certainly delegitimized or attacked, but some of the underlying grievances that might in fact lead individuals astray to terrorism cannot be ignored. — John O. Brennan

John Brennan Quotes By John O. Brennan

I have a reputation for speaking my mind. I like to think my candor and bluntness will give you the answers. — John O. Brennan

John Brennan Quotes By John O. Brennan

Where terrorists offer injustice, disorder and destruction, the United States and its allies stand for freedom, fairness, equality, hope, and opportunity. — John O. Brennan

John Brennan Quotes By John O. Brennan

Any American who joins al Qaeda will know full well that they have joined an organization that is at war with the United States. Any American who did that should know well that they in fact are part of an enemy ... and that the U.S. will do anything that is possible to destroy that enemy to save American lives. — John O. Brennan

John Brennan Quotes By John O. Brennan

While the intelligence profession oftentimes demands secrecy, it is critically important that there be a full and open discourse on intelligence matters with the appropriate elected representatives of the American people. — John O. Brennan

John Brennan Quotes By John O. Brennan

How you define a problem shapes how you address it. — John O. Brennan

John Brennan Quotes By John O. Brennan

As a former career intelligence professional, I have a profound appreciation for the value of intelligence. Intelligence disrupts terrorist plots and thwarts attacks. Intelligence saves lives. — John O. Brennan

John Brennan Quotes By Christopher John Brennan

Because She Would Ask Me Why I Loved Her

If questioning would make us wise
No eyes would ever gaze in eyes;
If all our tale were told in speech
No mouths would wander each to each.

Were spirits free from mortal mesh
And love not bound in hearts of flesh
No aching breasts would yearn to meet
And find their ecstasy complete.

For who is there that lives and knows
The secret powers by which he grows?
Were knowledge all, what were our need
To thrill and faint and sweetly bleed?

Then seek not, sweet, the "If" and "Why"
I love you now until I die.
For I must love because I live
And life in me is what you give. — Christopher John Brennan

John Brennan Quotes By John O. Brennan

Is real, it is serious, it is growing, and it constitutes one of the greatest threats to our national security and, indeed, to global security. — John O. Brennan

John Brennan Quotes By John O. Brennan

Our counterterrorism tools do not exist in a vacuum. They are stronger and more sustainable when the American people understand and support them. They are weaker and less sustainable when the American people do not. — John O. Brennan

John Brennan Quotes By Ray McGovern

Everyone knows that due process means judicial process, and when John Brennan brings him a list of people to be killed this particular week, that's not due process. That's certainly not judicial process. So there's the fifth amendment. Not even George Bush claimed the right to kill American citizens without due process. — Ray McGovern

John Brennan Quotes By John O. Brennan

If a person is a U.S. citizen, and he is on the battlefield in Afghanistan or Iraq trying to attack our troops, he will face the full brunt of the U.S. military response. — John O. Brennan

John Brennan Quotes By John O. Brennan

You know, President Obama feels very strongly that the government has a responsibility to engage with the American people, as well as with the world community. — John O. Brennan

John Brennan Quotes By John O. Brennan

I do not - I never believed it's better to kill a terrorist than to detain him. We want to detain as many terrorists as possible so we can elicit the intelligence from them in the appropriate manner so that we can disrupt follow-on terrorist attacks. — John O. Brennan

John Brennan Quotes By John O. Brennan

The actions that we take on the counterterrorism front, again, are to take actions against individuals where we believe that the intelligence base is so strong and the nature of the threat is so grave and serious, as well as imminent, that we have no recourse except to take this action that may involve a lethal strike. — John O. Brennan

John Brennan Quotes By John O. Brennan

I think the rule should be that if we're going to take actions overseas that result in the deaths of people, the United States should take responsibility for that. — John O. Brennan

John Brennan Quotes By John O. Brennan

Throughout my career, I had the great fortune to experience firsthand as well as to witness what it means to be a CIA officer. — John O. Brennan

John Brennan Quotes By John O. Brennan

I will not, nor will I ever, publicly divulge sensitive intelligence sources and methods. For when that happens, our national security is endangered and lives can be lost. — John O. Brennan

John Brennan Quotes By John O. Brennan

It's not that the system is broken, but clearly there are ways to improve the system, strengthen it, to make sure that we can put together the various bits and pieces of information in a way that allows us to stop every single terrorist out there. — John O. Brennan

John Brennan Quotes By John O. Brennan

Why should a great and powerful nation like the United States allow its relationship with more than a billion Muslims around the world to be defined by the narrow hatred and nihilistic actions of an exceptionally small minority of Muslims? — John O. Brennan

John Brennan Quotes By John O. Brennan

Simply stated, the need for accurate intelligence and prescient analysis from CIA has never been greater than it is in 2013 - or than it will be in the coming years. — John O. Brennan

John Brennan Quotes By Brennan Manning

Our response to Jesus Christ will be total the day we experience how total is his love for us. Instead of our self-conscious efforts to be good, we should allow ourselves the luxury of letting ourselves be loved by God. And much of his love for us will be expressed through the medium of our friends' love for us. How else could he reveal it in a way that is tangible? "You are my friends if you do what I command ... This is my command: Love each other" (John 15:14, 17). — Brennan Manning

John Brennan Quotes By John O. Brennan

A lot of things look good on an academic's blackboard in terms of the actions that need to be taken. It's almost like a football coach, when you draw the X's and O's: Every play that is chalked on that board goes for a touchdown. Well, there are a lot of yards to be made between the line of scrimmage and the touchdown. — John O. Brennan

John Brennan Quotes By Carl Rollyson

In The New Biographical Dictionary of Film, David Thomson argues that Brennan should have won awards for even better performances in To Have and Have Not (1944), My Darling Clementine (1946), Red River (1948), The Far Country (1955), and Rio Bravo (1959). Thomson counts no less than twenty-eight high caliber Brennan performances in still more films, including These Three (1936), Fury (1936), Meet John Doe (1941), and Bad Day At Black Rock (1955). Brennan worked with Hollywood's greatest directors - John Ford, Howard Hawks, William Wyler, King Vidor, and Fritz Lang - while also starring in Jean Renoir's Hollywood directorial debut, Swamp Water (1941). To discuss Brennan's greatest performances is also to comment on the work of Gary Cooper, Henry Fonda, Dana Andrews, Spencer Tracy, John Wayne, Humphrey Bogart, Lauren Bacall, Anne Baxter, Barbara Stanwyck, Lana Turner, Linda Darnell, Ginger Rogers, Loretta Young, and many other stars. — Carl Rollyson

John Brennan Quotes By John O. Brennan

We need to make sure that leaks of classified information, of national security secrets, needs to be rigorously pursued and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. — John O. Brennan

John Brennan Quotes By John O. Brennan

The president's priority is to protect the safety and security of the American people. That's the physical security of the American people as well as the prosperity of the American people. — John O. Brennan

John Brennan Quotes By John O. Brennan

To me, terrorists should not be able to hide behind their passports and their citizenship, and that includes U.S. citizens, whether they are overseas or whether they are here in the United States. What we need to do is to apply the appropriate tool and the appropriate response. — John O. Brennan

John Brennan Quotes By John O. Brennan

Al-Qa'ida does not follow a traditional command structure, wear uniforms, carry its arms openly, or mass its troops at the borders of the nations it attacks. Nonetheless, it possesses the demonstrated capability to strike with little notice and cause significant civilian or military casualties. — John O. Brennan

John Brennan Quotes By John O. Brennan

Our democratic values also include - and our national security demands - open and transparent government. Some information obviously needs to be protected. And since his first days in office, President Obama has worked to strike the proper balance between the security the American people deserve and the openness our democratic society expects. — John O. Brennan

John Brennan Quotes By Christopher John Brennan

Autumn

Autumn: the year breathes dully towards its death,
beside its dying sacrificial fire;
the dim world's middle-age of vain desire
is strangely troubled, waiting for the breath
that speaks the winter's welcome malison
to fix it in the unremembering sleep:
the silent woods brood o'er an anxious deep,
and in the faded sorrow of the sun,
I see my dreams' dead colours, one by one,
forth-conjur'd from their smouldering palaces,
fade slowly with the sigh of the passing year.
They wander not nor wring their hands nor weep,
discrown'd belated dreams! but in the drear
and lingering world we sit among the trees
and bow our heads as they, with frozen mouth,
looking, in ashen reverie, towards the clear
sad splendour of the winter of the far south.


Christopher John Brennan — Christopher John Brennan

John Brennan Quotes By John O. Brennan

The preservation of our national security and the laws that define us as the United States of America demand that we understand the intersection of the two - indeed, how they reinforce one another. — John O. Brennan

John Brennan Quotes By John O. Brennan

Yes, war is hell. It is awful. It involves human beings killing other human beings, sometimes innocent civilians. That is why we despise war. — John O. Brennan

John Brennan Quotes By John O. Brennan

Sometimes there are actions that we are forced to take, but there need to be boundaries beyond which we are going to recognize that we're not going to go because we still are Americans, and we are supposed to be representing something to people in this country and overseas. — John O. Brennan

John Brennan Quotes By Brennan Manning

This vulgar grace is indiscriminate compassion. It works without asking anything of us. It's not cheap. It's free, and as such will always be a banana peel for the Orthodox foot and a fairy tale for the grown-up sensibility. Grace is sufficient even though we huff and puff with all our might to try to find something or someone it cannot cover. Grace is enough. He is enough. Jesus is enough.
John, the disciple Jesus loved, ended his first letter with this line: "Children, be on your guard against false gods." In other words, steer clear of any God you can comprehend. Abba will's love cannot be comprehended. I'll say it again: Abba's love cannot be comprehended. — Brennan Manning

John Brennan Quotes By John O. Brennan

President Obama is determined that our foreign and national security policies not play into al-Qa'ida's strategy or its warped ideology. Al-Qa'ida seeks to terrorize us into retreating from the world stage. But President Obama has made it a priority to renew American leadership in the world, strengthening our alliances and deepening partnerships. — John O. Brennan

John Brennan Quotes By John O. Brennan

The whole technological revolution and evolution gives man tremendous capabilities for good, and it also gives individuals tremendous capability to carry out what result in lethal action. — John O. Brennan

John Brennan Quotes By John O. Brennan

Since taking office, President Obama has worked to restore a positive vision of American leadership in the world - leadership defined, not by the threats and dangers that we will oppose, but by the security, opportunity and dignity that America advances in partnership with people around the world. — John O. Brennan

John Brennan Quotes By John O. Brennan

We will never abdicate the security of the United States to a foreign country or refrain from taking action when appropriate. But we cannot ignore the reality that cooperative counterterrorism activities are a key to our national defense. — John O. Brennan

John Brennan Quotes By John O. Brennan

I want to be very clear: whenever it is possible to capture a suspected terrorist, it is the unqualified preference of the administration to take custody of that individual so we can obtain information that is vital to the safety and security of the American people. — John O. Brennan

John Brennan Quotes By John O. Brennan

The men and women of the CIA are a national treasure. — John O. Brennan

John Brennan Quotes By John O. Brennan

We will use all lawful tools at our disposal, and that includes authorities under the renewed PATRIOT Act. We firmly believe that our intelligence gathering tools must enable us to collect the information we need to protect the American people. — John O. Brennan

John Brennan Quotes By John O. Brennan

The United States is the first nation to regularly conduct strikes using remotely piloted aircraft in an armed conflict. Other nations also possess this technology. Many more nations are seeking it, and more will succeed in acquiring it. — John O. Brennan

John Brennan Quotes By John O. Brennan

As we've seen, deploying large armies abroad won't always be our best offense. Countries typically don't want foreign soldiers in their cities and towns. — John O. Brennan

John Brennan Quotes By John O. Brennan

We are a nation of laws, and we will always act within the bounds of the law. — John O. Brennan

John Brennan Quotes By John O. Brennan

Unfortunately, in war, there are casualties, including among the civilian population. — John O. Brennan

John Brennan Quotes By John O. Brennan

We are in this business, whether it be intelligence or the government, to protect freedom, democracy and liberty, not to violate that. — John O. Brennan

John Brennan Quotes By John O. Brennan

Obviously, the death of Usama Bin Laden marked a strategic milestone in our effort to defeat al-Qa'ida. Unfortunately, Bin Laden's death, and the death and capture of many other al-Qa'ida leaders and operatives, does not mark the end of that terrorist organization or its efforts to attack the United States and other countries. — John O. Brennan