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January 8, 2013 - In the News

Zegart: Brennan as CIA director reflects increasing public tolerance for torture

Appeared in The New York Times, January 7, 2013

CISAC Faculty Member Amy Zegart discusses how changing American attitudes toward torture have impacted presidential appointments to key intelligence positions, such as the Obama administration's choice of John Brennan to lead the CIA. Four years ago, he withdrew from consideration for the position because of his role as a senior CIA official during the Bush administration and his association with enhanced interrogation techniques. His nomination as CIA director is much less contentious this time around. 

Topics: Homeland Security | Terrorism and counterterrorism | Torture convention