New CIA Director John Brennan Takes Oath on Draft Constitution—Sans Bill of Rights!


By Stacy Drake

From Olivier Knox at Yahoo News:

Hours after CIA Director John Brennan took the oath of office—behind closed doors, far away from the press, perhaps befitting his status as America’s top spy—the White House took pains to emphasize the symbolism of the ceremony.

There’s one piece of this that I wanted to note for you,” spokesman Josh Earnest told reporters at their daily briefing. “Director Brennan was sworn in with his hand on an original draft of the Constitution that had George Washington’s personal handwriting and annotations on it, dating from 1787.”


The Constitution itself went into effect in 1789. But troublemaking blogger Marcy Wheeler points out that what was missing from the Constitution in 1787 is also quite symbolic: The Bill of Rights, which did not officially go into effect until December 1791 after ratification by states. (Caution: Marcy’s post has some strong language.)

That means: No freedom of speech and of the press, no right to bear arms, no Fourth Amendment ban on “unreasonable searches and seizures,” and no right to a jury trial.

There’s no telling what Brennan actually put his hand on during the private ceremony.

** A bit of what Marcy Wheeler had to say ~ Gary: [emphasis mine]

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.

I really don’t mean to be an asshole about this. But these vows always carry a great deal of symbolism. And whether he meant to invoke this symbolism or not, the moment at which Brennan took over the CIA happened to exclude (in symbolic form, though presumably not legally) the key limits on governmental power that protect American citizens.



Filed under In The News, Politics

6 responses to “New CIA Director John Brennan Takes Oath on Draft Constitution—Sans Bill of Rights!

  1. ….. just thought everyone should know !!!!!

    Alphabetical by Senator Name
    Alexander (R-TN), Yea
    Ayotte (R-NH), Nay
    Baldwin (D-WI), Yea
    Barrasso (R-WY), Nay
    Baucus (D-MT), Yea
    Begich (D-AK), Yea
    Bennet (D-CO), Yea
    Blumenthal (D-CT), Yea
    Blunt (R-MO), Nay
    Boozman (R-AR), Nay
    Boxer (D-CA), Not Voting
    Brown (D-OH), Yea
    Burr (R-NC), Yea
    Cantwell (D-WA), Yea
    Cardin (D-MD), Yea
    Carper (D-DE), Yea
    Casey (D-PA), Yea
    Chambliss (R-GA), Nay
    Coats (R-IN), Yea
    Coburn (R-OK), Yea
    Cochran (R-MS), Nay
    Collins (R-ME), Yea
    Coons (D-DE), Yea
    Corker (R-TN), Yea
    Cornyn (R-TX), Nay
    Cowan (D-MA), Yea
    Crapo (R-ID), Nay
    Cruz (R-TX), Nay
    Donnelly (D-IN), Yea
    Durbin (D-IL), Yea
    Enzi (R-WY), Nay
    Feinstein (D-CA), Yea
    Fischer (R-NE), Nay
    Flake (R-AZ), Yea
    Franken (D-MN), Yea
    Gillibrand (D-NY), Yea
    Graham (R-SC), Yea
    Grassley (R-IA), Nay
    Hagan (D-NC), Yea
    Harkin (D-IA), Yea
    Hatch (R-UT), Yea
    Heinrich (D-NM), Yea
    Heitkamp (D-ND), Yea
    Heller (R-NV), Nay
    Hirono (D-HI), Yea
    Hoeven (R-ND), Nay
    Inhofe (R-OK), Nay
    Isakson (R-GA), Nay
    Johanns (R-NE), Nay
    Johnson (D-SD), Yea
    Johnson (R-WI), Nay
    Kaine (D-VA), Yea
    King (I-ME), Yea
    Kirk (R-IL), Yea
    Klobuchar (D-MN), Yea
    Landrieu (D-LA), Yea
    Lautenberg (D-NJ), Not Voting
    Leahy (D-VT), Nay
    Lee (R-UT), Nay
    Levin (D-MI), Yea
    Manchin (D-WV), Yea
    McCain (R-AZ), Yea
    McCaskill (D-MO), Yea
    McConnell (R-KY), Nay
    Menendez (D-NJ), Yea
    Merkley (D-OR), Nay
    Mikulski (D-MD), Yea
    Moran (R-KS), Nay
    Murkowski (R-AK), Yea
    Murphy (D-CT), Yea
    Murray (D-WA), Yea
    Nelson (D-FL), Yea
    Paul (R-KY), Nay
    Portman (R-OH), Nay
    Pryor (D-AR), Yea
    Reed (D-RI), Yea
    Reid (D-NV), Yea
    Risch (R-ID), Nay
    Roberts (R-KS), Nay
    Rockefeller (D-WV), Yea
    Rubio (R-FL), Yea
    Sanders (I-VT), Nay
    Schatz (D-HI), Yea
    Schumer (D-NY), Yea
    Scott (R-SC), Nay
    Sessions (R-AL), Nay
    Shaheen (D-NH), Yea
    Shelby (R-AL), Nay
    Stabenow (D-MI), Yea
    Tester (D-MT), Yea
    Thune (R-SD), Nay
    Toomey (R-PA), Nay
    Udall (D-CO), Yea
    Udall (D-NM), Yea
    Vitter (R-LA), Not Voting
    Warner (D-VA), Yea
    Warren (D-MA), Yea
    Whitehouse (D-RI), Yea
    Wicker (R-MS), Nay
    Wyden (D-OR), Yea

  2. That Marcy Wheeler is a real trouble maker. I would love to hear what she has to say about torture.

    • Gary P Jackson

      Yeah because a regime who’s First Lady and war criminal turned Secretary of the State, that was going to honor a woman who admires Adolf Hitler, and called for jihad against America, is as pure as the driven snow, and it’s only a coincidence that’s it’s CIA Director, a Muslim convert, took the oath on a draft of the Constitution that has no mention of our God given rights, and no guarantees that government wouldn’t infringe on these rights!

      Move along, nothing to see here!

      I don’t know Marcy Wheeler, and thus don’t know her politics, but I imagine, like most, she takes a dim view of torture. I’m sure she also takes a dim view of the Obama regime’s policy of just killing people, including America citizens, with drone strikes.

  3. Let’s be honest, Anwar al-Aulaqi was a terrorist who was constantly plotting to kill his own people. I am surprise that Conservatives are crying fowl over Aulaqi’s death but they were all silent when GW decided to invade Iraq.

    • Gary P Jackson

      You silly liberals miss the point, as usual. The question was all about whether Obama could kill American citizens ON AMERICAN SOIL, without due process, as guaranteed under the Constitution. This of course, pre-supposes that citizen wasn’t an eminent threat.

      The Obama regime, through it’s mass murdering Attorney General, Eric Holder, claimed the president did indeed have the power to assassinate American citizens, on US Soil, at will.

      And before you say another word, do not forget that Holder also worked for Bill Clinton, and under Bill Clinton American citizens were slaughtered at Ruby Ridge, and Waco, without due process. Democrats are pure evil and 100 percent capable of killing citizens for no good reasons.

      Oh, and what does Bush or Iraq have to do with anything?

      Saddam Hussein was the number one sponsor of terror in the world. He was paying Palestinian terrorists’ families $25,000 a head for every one of the violent Muslim swine that would strap a bomb on themselves and blow themselves up in Israel. Past that, Saddam used weapons of mass destruction on HIS OWN PEOPLE!

      If any regime ever needed toppling, it was the one in Iraq.

      It never ceases to amaze me how you vile democrats will stick up for every murderous thug dictator that ever lived.

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