I have had the opportunity and privilege to work directly with both Colonel Pat Lang and with John Brennan, currently Deputy National Security Adviser for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism. I consider both men to be friends.
I have known Colonel Lang since 1985. I first worked with John Brennan shortly after 9/11. I cannot vouch for John’s behavior as a young assistant to Alan Fiers, I did not know him then.
I did, however, observe his behavior very closely when he served as Assistant to DCI Tenant, Director of The Terrorist Threat Integration Center (TTIC), and as the Interim Director of the National Counter Terrorism Center (NCTC). I personally saw John “speak truth to power.” He displayed constant integrity and adherence to what we knew when we knew it. Even when our analytical findings were not in congruence with the desires of some policymakers, he did not hesitate to stand up for what he perceived as the truth.
In this regard, I compare John Brennan very favorably with Colonel Lang. I do not have to provide examples for Pat, long-time readers of Sic Semper Tyrannis have their own basis for judgment. What you see is what you get with both of these men.
I have written this note because I was concerned with what I believe is a mis-characterization of John Brennan’s performance by the readers of SST and indeed by the Colonel himself.
If you see this note you may take it as further evidence that Colonel Lang is what we call a “stand-up guy.”
I have asked to be anonymous, because my identity has no bearing on these observations."