By Robert Willmann
White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders walked out to the podium today and, for the first 4 minutes, read a prepared statement in a deadpan voice–
Likely written by White House counsel Donald McGahn, the statement, after its declaration that former CIA employee and director John O. Brennan's security clearance was going to be revoked, concluded with a teaser at the end. Since he has show business experience, Donald Trump is doing this one act at a time. He says that he is "evaluating" nine other people to decide whether to revoke their security clearances or prevent them from getting one: James Clapper, James Comey, Michael Hayden, Sally Yates, Susan Rice, Andrew McCabe, Peter Strzok, Lisa Page, and Bruce Ohr.
Another name for such evaulation should be former NSA director Keith Alexander, but so far he has ducked beneath the radar.
Concerning this useful and amusing development, I express the following opinion–
Brennan's biography as written at the CIA Internet website shows how he was wired in: during 1994-1995, he was the agency's intelligence briefer to president Bill Clinton; he was chief of staff to George "Slam Dunk" Tenet from 1999-2001; he was deputy director of the CIA until 2003; he was an assistant to president Obama for homeland security and counterterrorism for four years; and was sworn in as CIA director on 8 March 2013.
A little item of personal interest is in the biographical sketch. It says that after graduating from Fordham University in 1977, Brennan "later attended the University of Texas at Austin, where in 1980 he earned a master's degree in government with a concentration in Middle Eastern studies".
While riding my bicycle to the law school and in and around the University of Texas campus at that time at all hours of the day and night, I might have come in close proximity to Mr. Brennan.
It's a small world after all.