CIA nominee met with 'Zero Dark Thirty' filmmaker
John Brennan is President Obama's nominee to be the next CIA Director.
February 15th, 2013
06:30 PM ET

CIA nominee met with 'Zero Dark Thirty' filmmaker

By Barbara Starr

President Barack Obama's nominee to lead the CIA met for an hour with one of the filmmakers of "Zero Dark Thirty," the movie about the agency's effort to find and kill Osama bin Laden.

John Brennan, who currently serves as the president's chief counterterrorism adviser, detailed that meeting for the first time in written answers to questions from the Senate Intelligence Committee.

The panel is considering his nomination to head the spy agency.

Brennan told the committee that he and other White House officials met with filmmaker Mark Boal on June 30, 2011, for an unclassified discussion "on how White House officials viewed the opportunities and risks associated with a film about the raid that killed bin Laden" the previous month.

He did not elaborate on what that meant. But administration officials have adamantly said they did not reveal any classified details.

There has been extensive criticism from some in Congress that the moviemakers were given exclusive access to officials and some details about the raid in Pakistan.

The committee publicly released 30 pages of questions and answers on Friday as part of the record on Brennan's nomination.

The Intelligence Committee has put off a vote on Brennan's appointment until after next week's congressional recess.

Some senators want more answers on what they view as crucial issues, including updated information on the White House role in responding to the deadly September terror attack on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya.

Another area of concern is the U.S. policy of using lethal force in counterterror operations targeting Americans overseas.

The issue stemmed from the 2011 killing of Yemeni-American Anwar al-Awlaki as part of the war against al Qaeda.

Brennan upheld the legality of using drone attacks to kill U.S. citizens abroad if they are part of al Qaeda or associated with al Qaeda.

"This does not mean, however, that we use military force whenever or wherever we want," Brennan wrote.

He reiterated conditions that must be met: A person poses an imminent threat of attack against the United States; his capture is not feasible; and the operation is consistent with law around the principles of war.

"The process of deciding to take such an extraordinary action would involve legal review by the Department of Justice, as well as a discussion among the departments and agencies across the national security team, including the relevant National Security Council principals and the president," Brennan said.

The Obama administration has turned over documents to the Intelligence Committee outlining the legal rationale for such action, but members have sought more information.

One senator, Kentucky Republican Rand Paul, wanted assurances the policy did not apply to people on U.S. soil.

Brennan said the Obama administration "has not carried out drone strikes inside the United States and has no intention of doing so."

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  1. Christian August Steffens

    Zyprexa Effect hört man wenn man Zyprexa einnimmt jedoch es in seiner Weise ignoriert und im Körper gläsernd lässt...dazu sei gesagt dass Zyprexa Fettleibig macht, den grünen Star ((Glaukom) in seine Entwicklung unterstützt... dass schärfste ist und jetzt kommts -Zyprexa- ruft Diabetis auf den Schirm und der US-Konzern "ELL LILLY" hat selber die führenden Diabetismittel hergestellt um dieses Erscheinungsbild der Diabetis zu behandeln...oh Mann, oh Frau wenn Ihr all dass wissen würdet was ich weiß...es ist einfach nur erschreckend und skrupellos was sich, ich nenne es bewußt "DAS PHARMA-KARTELL" erlaubt um auf Kosten der Gesundheit (was gar nicht dass Ziel ist der PHARMA-MAFFIA) um Profit zu machen... Ich selber nehme auch Zyprexa ein einer Überdosis, verschrieben von der Klinik, nämlich 40 mg jeden abend, es soll gegen Schizophrenie helfen, so vermittelt es auf jeden Fall "ELL LILLY" jedoch ist dies nur ein Vorwand um "Zyprexa" 20 bis 30 fach teurer auf den Pharma-Markt verkaufen zu können (Details habe ich schriftlich in meinen wohl sortierten Akten betreffend dieser Kartell-Machenschaften)... alles andere habe ich im Kopf und der leidet nicht unter Idiotie, Phantasterei oder Psychowahnsinnigkeit sondern ich habe so gesehen (dezent unter Zwang Zyprexa einnehmen müssen, mit dem Spruch, sonst hilft bei mir nichts mehr = grotesk)... Auf jeden Fall, okay, sagte ich denn als efahrender "Politoxikomane", probierst dies mal aus... köstlich, es bewirkt ein Benommenheitsrausch, Schläfrigkeit (so ähnlich wie bei -Rohipnol- = nehmen Junkies wenn sie auf eienm Entzug sind bis zum nächsten Schuss), hey und es gibt sowas wie Filmrisse, die ich hatte wenn ich selber damals Haschisch und Alkohol in Mischung mißbraucht hatte (Jetzt bin ich aber schon 11 Jahre clean)...Kurz gesagt, es ist ein RAUSCH, für den ich damals teuer bezahlen mußte und zudem die Beschaffungskrimminalität hervor gerufen hat, was mich zu einem Delikt geführt hat wo ich ernsthaft vor Gericht stand...okay, ich will jetzt nicht von hundertsel ins tausendestel abschweifen...wie gesagt bekomme ich den Rauschzustand jetzt legal vermittelt von sogenannten Psychiatern, die gekauft sind (ein paar Kugelschreiber als Werbegeschenk und ein paar Euros meistens immer so 10.000 Standard-Bestechung)...Es ist ein Paharma-Maffiakartell-Netzwerk, da ist dass WORLD-WIDE-WEB im Vergleich nur ein Witz...Zur Erwähnung sei noch hinzu gefügt "Zyprexa" wurde nach einer Studie mit 20 Toten (Die unter den Teppich gekehrt wurden), etlichen Diabetis Diagnosen und dem Hauptanteil Fettleibigkeit, getestet (In der Studie hatte man fest gehalten, dass man bei Einnahme von 10 mg Zyprexa -20 mg max.-, ein halbes bis ein Kilon Körpergewicht zu nimmt, dann in einem Jahr summiert bis zu 20 kg)...Zyprexa wurde verboten in den USA (Ähm und in Deutschland, wie jetzt, da darf dann dass Leiden unter diesem Horror- Medikament weiter vertrieben werden, oder was ???)...Ich möchte alle informieren und Aufklären speziell für die jenigen die dem "ZYPREXA-LEIDEN" ein Ende machen wollen, ich seber nehme ZYPREXA seit 2003 ein immer mit der gleichen Dosierung und Darreichungsform zwei mal zwanzig mg, seit 2005 hatte ich mich über vetrauensvolle Quellen über den "Zyprexa-Skandal" vom US-Pharma -Kartell- Namens "ELL LILLY" informiert, ich habe mich so nie in der Klinik gegen Zyprexa geäußert ich habe einfach gute Miene zum bösen Spiel gemacht, ich habe mich kranker gemacht als ich bin oder war (wie auch immer man dies bezeichnen möchte)...2005 habe ich meinen Synapsen im Gehirn für dass Andocken dieser Zyprexastoffe den Zugriff verweigert... Was sich dann auch körperlich bei mir bezahlt gemacht hat, unter höchster Konzentration die mein Serotonin-Botenstoff und Dopamin-Botenstoff Spiegel noch zu bieten hatte (Unter Zyprexa so gut wie ausslöschend) habe ich die sogenannten Fressfaxen und alle Nebenwirkungen (= Im Beipackzettel von Zyprexa mal eben so kurz erwähnt, unter anderem, und dass ist wirklich die Krönung, !!!"""auch plötzlicher und unerwarteter TOD"""!!!) für mich selber in den Griff bekommen...Alle Therapeuten und Psychiater, die so möchte ich sagen experiementel Körperveletzung bei den -Patienten, Klienten oder für diese einfach dann nur noch wie Probanden behandelt haben-, denen habe ich immer wieder gesagt ich fühle mich seelisch und körperlich stabil, dabei war alles härtestes aushalten wie bei auch wie bei denen die ebenfalls "Zyprexa" plötzlich auf der "-Speisekarte-" hatten (ironisch gesagt)...So nun, was möchte ich mit alle dem wohl vermitteln oder beziehungsweise warum so heftige Anlastungen des so hoch angepriesenen "ZYPREXA" von "ELL LILLY"...Ganz einfach """!!! GENUG ist GENUG """!!! ich habe wirklich alles gesehen, am eigenen Leib erfahren und irgendwann muß mal Schluß sein !!!...Ich werde langsam aber sicher in die Offensive gehen aber mit wohl durchdachten und wohl überlegten Schritten indem ich versuche mitleidene unter dem -Atypischen Psychpharmaka Zyprexa- (so schimpft es sich auf Deutsch) zu finden und mit denen, die ich bereits gefunden habe was auf die Beine zustellen, was genau werde ich bis auf weiteres noch nicht so Preis geben, denn wir wollen nicht voreilig unser Pulver verschiessen (Verständlich)...Nun gut fürs erste, was eigentlich wirklich nur 10% von dem sind betreffend der Machenschaften der Pharma-Kartell-Maffia gegen Gesundheit, aber Milliarden an Dollar Profit machen pro Jahr...ff

    February 22, 2013 at 11:20 am | Reply
  2. Uncle Mike

    A good terrorist is a dead terrorist. If an American citizen is on foreign soil engaged in terrorist activities then taking him/her out with a drone is perfectly acceptable.

    February 18, 2013 at 2:03 am | Reply
    • Clint Eastwood

      You Tea Partying punks keep coming out of the woodwork to post your ignorance here! Well don't you punks, don't you?

      February 18, 2013 at 2:17 pm | Reply
  3. Pat

    Brennan should be awarded the Distinguished Warfare Medal for his outstanding work on the drone program. Bigelow deserves an Oscar. Great work.

    February 18, 2013 at 1:16 am | Reply
    • George Patton-2

      Another Tea Partier like Pat above, vomiting out his ignorance on this web page. Good grief, have these people no shame whatsoever? I would if I were one of them!!!

      February 18, 2013 at 3:24 pm | Reply
  4. Pat

    It is very difficult to bring out the "cool factor" to life in any movie – not everyone can do it. Bigelow did a super fine job. She brought out the cool factor associated with the Seals so well in this movie. It's a pleasure to watch this movie. If the seals are so cool in this movie, imagine what they would be like in the middle of real action.

    February 17, 2013 at 9:12 pm | Reply
  5. With T-25

    The Pakistanis don't have a problem with the drone program that coordinates with their own supplied lists. And they certainly didn't have any problem requesting access to use of the drones themselves. Denied that, they really have to boisterously object, since they are actually living in the country that the people the drones are targeted on live in.

    Whether the movie itself is entertainment, propaganda, or simply whitless diversion? If they had caught Bin Laden during W s term of office, there would have been heavy publicization, on all channels. Perhaps it was just meant to be, and his political team was early for once in ordering the banner. Sure put a notice out on the commoditization of the global war on terror though, even though that term has been buried next to the word DEF.

    February 17, 2013 at 4:26 pm | Reply
    • Mohammed

      @With T-25 – Pakistan has been trying to push their list of drone strike targets down Pentagon's throat for years. However, that list contains mostly the names of Ahmadi and Hazara Shia people. That list never contained the name of Al Qaeda people like UBL. Therefore, the US chooses to use its own list instead of the one made up by Pakstanis.
      This is the precise reason why no innocent people are killed by drones. Pakistanis get to do the killings of innocent Hazara Shia and Ahmadi people all by themselves.

      February 17, 2013 at 6:53 pm | Reply
  6. Mohammed

    This movie is truly inspiring. Victory of good over evil always makes an inspiring story. What the seals did was so cool – you have to watch this movie. I sincerely hope that this great movie will inspire more skilled, brave, capable and young people to volunteer for the military service to wipe out terrorism.

    February 17, 2013 at 11:21 am | Reply
    • Joseph McCarthy

      You got it backwards, Mohammed. This is where evil triumphed over the lesser evil. Ordering the wanton murder of anyone is a hit, no matter which way you slice it! The last thing this country needs is another film glorifying murder which will only encourage the young people to engage in future acts of violence!

      February 17, 2013 at 2:41 pm | Reply
      • joseph McCarthy

        Please ignore the previous post as an imposter is using my name, that was a great post Mohammed, phunnie boy go back to using your own name, dirt bag. It was a great movie by the way. Glad they put that piece of feces in the deep six.

        February 17, 2013 at 6:44 pm |
      • Mohammed

        @josheph - Thank you. That explains it.

        February 17, 2013 at 6:57 pm |
      • Uncle Mike

        When those terrorists destroyed the WTC all bets were off.

        February 18, 2013 at 2:06 am |
  7. Big_D

    Is Rand worried about his still or something?

    February 17, 2013 at 10:43 am | Reply
    • Uncle Mike

      Rand is an id! ot.

      February 18, 2013 at 2:07 am | Reply
  8. Big_D

    Kentucky Republican Rand Paul is living proof that Kentucky has an average IQ of 60.

    February 17, 2013 at 10:23 am | Reply
    • Uncle Mike

      You are being too kind.

      February 18, 2013 at 2:07 am | Reply
  9. massoud

    I bet this Hollywierd screenwriter wrote the farcical Seal team 6 mission as a member of the red cell team for the White House. Then the White House denied clearance to the screenwriter as cover and payback for the psyops propaganda piece Zero Dark Thirty

    February 17, 2013 at 1:29 am | Reply
  10. Todd

    The Hagel nomination was a smoke screen to get John Brennan in as Head of CIA, he is a devote Muslim, note he is Anti-Christian and Anti-Jew, nobody is listening to the top military Generals that stated the White House is filled with Muslims, It is a Religion of Hate and Strife who do not believe like them!

    February 17, 2013 at 1:26 am | Reply
  11. MARVIN WAYNE PALMER, JR

    No Comment

    February 17, 2013 at 12:49 am | Reply
  12. U2

    Brennan deserves what he dish's.
    B.S. and more.

    February 16, 2013 at 8:29 pm | Reply
  13. Mohammed

    Over 60 innocent people were killed by genocidal maniacs in Pakistan. That number could have been even higher had Brennan's drone program not reduced the number of these murderous terrorists in Pakistan. Excellent movie - killing of these terrorists needs to be glorified and glamorized so more capable people volunteer for military service.

    February 16, 2013 at 4:21 pm | Reply
    • George Patton-2

      I wonder just how much the neocons(or right-wing thugs) in Washington paid this clown to post that manure above or is he just another mindless Tea Partier who can't tell left from right? Contrary to American public opinion, there is absolutely no glory in killing anyone!!!

      February 16, 2013 at 4:31 pm | Reply
      • hammer

        Killing a Child molester would make me very happy.Some people needs to be killed.

        February 16, 2013 at 8:29 pm |
      • George "In the Middle" Patton-2

        George, Mohammed is making a perfect sense, bro !!! Stop left-wing, right-wing, no-wing songs, and think bro think for a second, like Mohammed said, if we drone all these terrorists maniacs in Pakistan then number of people getting killed would be much less!!! what you think bro?

        February 16, 2013 at 9:47 pm |
    • KK2112

      Mohammed is making an interesting point. More drones means less terrorist attacks inside Pakistan, our ally, and more lives are saved.

      February 16, 2013 at 9:37 pm | Reply
  14. tom

    CNN just posted an article a month or so back on how drone warfare has killed more civilians in pakistan than terrorists and you people still think its effective. maybe you'd wake up if a drone missile killed your entire family because your son decided to grow out his mustache and beard for no shave november.

    February 16, 2013 at 1:08 pm | Reply
    • cooldude

      Drones do not kill innocent people, Pakistanis do.
      Pakistanis do not kill terrorists, drones do.
      Pakistanis just killed 60+ innocent people. Why? Because they had killed only about 100 innocent people last month, and that was not enough for them.

      February 16, 2013 at 3:57 pm | Reply
  15. Don

    Did you hear about the "The Distinguished Warfare Medal"? They should give one to Brennan too. While purple heart is given to very brave people on the battlefield, the people operating drones should also be recognized for their effectiveness. Brennan put a lot of "John Geheran's" friends out of their misery in Pakistan using drones. Brennan and drone operators should be awarded the "The Distinguished Warfare Medal".

    February 16, 2013 at 9:48 am | Reply
  16. empresstrudy

    So what? Highly classified security information is worthless unless it can be used by the Administration to shower personal favors upon close friends in the media. That's kind of why it exists.

    February 16, 2013 at 9:30 am | Reply
  17. Arthur

    Brennan is one of the key architects of the drone program, which has had enormous success with terrorists. I wouldn't be surprised if Brennan's help to Bigelow is the one of the reasons why this movie is so awesome. This movie is so engaging and exciting that you may not even realize that it is presenting so many hard facts.

    February 15, 2013 at 11:00 pm | Reply
  18. John Geheran

    This movie Zero Dark Thirty nauseates me to no end. Whether John Brennan met with the filmmaker or not is beside the point. Glorifying the wanton and brutal murder of one man is truly disgusting no matter how politically popular it may be!

    February 15, 2013 at 7:15 pm | Reply
    • Don

      John,
      Did you forget to call that mass murderer a terrorist, or did you intentionally choose not to?

      February 15, 2013 at 8:39 pm | Reply
    • hammer

      Murder?I wish they could have murder him 3000 times.

      February 15, 2013 at 8:45 pm | Reply
    • Don

      @John - There is nothing brutal about what these soldiers do. Watch on you tube: "2 Apache Helicopters Engage a Platoon of Taliban". They did not kill a single goat or a donkey. They just gently reduced the number of your friends.

      February 15, 2013 at 9:07 pm | Reply
    • Don

      @John - There is nothing brutal about what these soldiers do. Watch on youtube: "2 Apache Helicopters Engage a Platoon of Taliban". They did not kill a single goat or a donkey. They just gently reduced the number of your friends.

      February 15, 2013 at 9:07 pm | Reply
      • wjmccartan

        Gee whiz Don, you sound like another brainwashed Tea Partier. Like John said above, murder, no matter whose, should never be glorified in any way!

        February 16, 2013 at 4:25 pm |
      • john

        wjmccartan – Sure. Murder should never be glorified - so, please tell your fellow Pakistani Muslims to stop glorifying killings of innocent people in the name of Allah. As for your UBL - When you swat a bug, it's not called murder.

        February 17, 2013 at 9:17 pm |
    • KK2112

      John, it wasn't the movie, movie was fine, I thought it was odor from your jacket, it smelled like curry, really offensive and nauseating.

      February 15, 2013 at 9:12 pm | Reply
      • Don

        @KK2112 - Just wait for a couple of minutes and John Geheran will yell "Dirka, Dirka, Mohammed, Jihad!!

        February 15, 2013 at 9:20 pm |

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