John Brennan’s Rules: John Brennan Doesn’t Have to Play by the Rules

While I’m happy about the news that John Brennan, the Moral Rectitude Drone Assassination Czar, managed to finish his Drone Rules before he left to become CIA Director, I laughed my ass off when I read this.

U.S. officials said the effort to draft the playbook was nearly derailed late last year by disagreements among the State Department, the CIA and the Pentagon on the criteria for lethal strikes and other issues. Granting the CIA a temporary exemption for its Pakistan operations was described as a compromise that allowed officials to move forward with other parts of the playbook.

The decision to allow the CIA strikes to continue was driven in part by concern that the window for weakening al-Qaeda and the Taliban in Pakistan is beginning to close, with plans to pull most U.S. troops out of neighboring Afghanistan over the next two years. CIA drones are flown out of bases in Afghanistan.

“There’s a sense that you put the pedal to the metal now, especially given the impending” withdrawal, said a former U.S. official involved in discussions of the playbook. The CIA exception is expected to be in effect for “less than two years but more than one,” the former official said, although he noted that any decision to close the carve-out “will undoubtedly be predicated on facts on the ground.”

Sure enough, writing a rule book that included a giant exemption was premised on the notion that the Moral Rectitude Drone Assassination Czar doesn’t need rules.

Officials said concerns about the CIA exemption were allayed to some extent by Obama’s decision to nominate Brennan, the principal author of the playbook, to run the CIA.

So glad we’re sending a guy who already can’t play by his own rules to run the Agency. Just what the CIA needs!

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emptywheel Been in a meeting. ANyone write the Trump treats the GOP like they're a chump limerick yet?
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emptywheel @billmon1 That's part of what makes him dangerous. But also more in tune than the rest.
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emptywheel @billmon1 I got that. It is possible he is egotistical AND better at reading a crowd (and therefore more --ick-- emphathetic) than the rest.
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emptywheel @onekade The third branch has been way too gutted to take away tools critical to their power, IMO. @leahmcelrath
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emptywheel @onekade FWIW, my point on Davis is 1) I'm not crazy abt her being jailed but 2) judges have tools to enforce contempt, that's important
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emptywheel @nittacci I doubt I'll ever love him more than Carr, so I'll always have that to fall back on.
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emptywheel @billmon1 I think he'd be right if it weren't for Bernie. He's feeding a real angst.
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emptywheel @onekade No. That if ACLU invests a ton in winning legal battles and then wins they can always be blown off bc cooties.
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JimWhiteGNV @shenebraskan Thanks. We love it already. Carpet measurement is tomorrow. I am relentless now...
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emptywheel @onekade I get your point. But if your colleagues win big legal wins but it never means anything than what good does it do?
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emptywheel @billmon1 Nah. I think he knows precisely which buttons he is pressing and it's not just about his ego.
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emptywheel @billmon1 But he is highly attuned to audience.
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