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Protest at White House Against John Brennan as Head of CIA


When: 1pm, Monday, January 7

Where: White House

As President Obama is nominating John Brennan to head the CIA, CODEPINK will be outside the White House protesting his nomination. Some protesters will be in orange jumpsuits representing US policy of torturing prisoners and others will carry a large model drone. Both torture and drone strikes represent John Brennan’s legacy.

“It is tragic that the person who is responsible for the counterproductive, illegal drone strike strategy that has killed so many innocent people and unleashed such fierce anti-American sentiment around the world is being tapped to head the CIA,” said CODEPINK cofounder Medea Benjamin. “We condemn President Obama for making this nomination and call on the Senate to reject it.”

CIA veteran Ray McGovern, who will be at the protest, said, “Killing American citizens without due process, kidnapping, black prisons, torture, indiscriminate eavesdropping on us all – you name it, Brennan has been a strong advocate.  Not to mention his connivance in the fraudulent ‘intelligence’ leading to war on Iraq; or the increased use of drones and his lying about civilian casualties from them. He certainly should not be rewarded for these crimes.”

Matt Daloisio of Witness Against Torture will be outside the White House in an orange jumpsuit. “Obama has nominated someone who has a history of justifying torture and refusing to hold those responsible accountable for their actions. This nomination represents another failure of the Obama administration to change direction from the disastrous policies of the Bush years,” said Deloisio.


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CODEPINK is a women-initiated grassroots peace and social justice movement working to end the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, stop new wars, and redirect our resources into healthcare, education, green jobs and other life-affirming activities. CODEPINK rejects foreign policies based on domination and aggression, and instead calls for policies based on diplomacy, compassion and a commitment to international law. With an emphasis on joy and humor, CODEPINK women and men seek to activate, amplify and inspire a community of peacemakers through creative campaigns and a commitment to non-violence.

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