John Brennan Being Sworn In As CIA Director

With questions still unanswered on the President’s targeted killing powers, John Brennan was sworn in today as CIA Director. But in a ironically symbolic twist of fate the Constitution used to swear Brennan in did not contain the Bill of Rights.

From emptywheel:

According to the White House, John Brennan was sworn in as CIA Director on a “first draft” of the Constitution including notations from George Washington, dating to 1787

That means, when Brennan vowed to protect and defend the Constitution, he was swearing on one that did not include the First, Fourth, Fifth, or Sixth Amendments — or any of the other Amendments now included in our Constitution. The Bill of Rights did not become part of our Constitution until 1791, 4 years after the Constitution that Brennan took his oath on.

We see what you did there Mr. Brennan. If you don’t technically swear to uphold the bill of rights…

Probably just an oversight though Brennan was the one who requested the bill of rights-less version of the Constitution. In any case, Brennan has been clear enough on his antagonism towards constitutional protections especially due process. And given the history of the CIA it’s rather obvious breaking oaths are of little concern, they are after all spies right?

However, it might be useful for those gearing up for the next round of civil liberties fights to assume Brennan’s technical oversight as truth – the executive branch fully intends to attack the bill of rights. Not only would it put civil libertarians in the right mindset it would grant them a firm understanding of the history of the last decade.