* During Barack Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign, three State Department workers—including one who also was employed by the Analysis Corporation, where Brennan was CEO—improperly accessed passport information pertaining to Obama, Hillary Clinton (Obama’s Democratic primary challenger), and Republican presidential nominee John McCain. Author Jerome Corsi suggested that Brennan might have played a role in “what many suspect was an effort to sanitize Obama’s passport records” (i.e., remove damaging information). In a similar vein, blogger Pamela Geller speculatedthat the State Department employees had “rifled through Clinton’s and McCain’s files to make it look as if it was all three, but it was Obama’s passport records that they accessed.” In April 2008, while an investigation into these passport-related transgressions was ongoing, a key witness in the case was found murdered in his car.
* In August 2009, Scottish authorities released Abdelbaset al-Megrahi—the Libyan terrorist convicted of the 1988 bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland—because he was said to be in the late stages of terminal prostate cancer. Describing the release as “unfortunate, inappropriate, and wrong,” Brennan publicly called for Megrahi’s reimprisonment. But The Sunday Times subsequently obtained Obama administration documents which revealed that the White House had secretly told Scottish authorities that a compassionate release of the prisoner would be more palatable than his transfer to a Libyan prison.
* In April 2012 Brennan was the first Obama administration official to publicly acknowledge the CIA’s drone-attack program targeting terrorists in Pakistan, Yemen, Somolia, Libya, Afghanistan, and elsewhere. He described the strikes as being legal, ethical, necessary, and proportional.
* In a May 2012 teleconference, Brennan revealed some highly sensitive information that, in turn, was relayed to the press by one of the other parties to the call—Richard Clarke, former chief of counter-terrorism in the Clinton White House. This highly serious intelligence leak blew the cover of secrecy off of an active counterterrorism operation in which the British and Saudi intelligence agencies had successfully placed an operative deep inside al Qaeda’s organization in the Arabian Peninsula. Consequently, the initiative had to be terminated immediately, enraging America’s foreign intelligence allies.
* Also in May 2012, Judicial Watch reported that Brennan and other White House officials had met twice with Hollywood filmmakers during their production of a movie about the killing of Osama bin Laden. According to Patrick Poole, these meetings furnished the movie crews with “unparalleled access including the identity of a SEAL Team 6 operator and commander along with other classified information.” “Amazingly,” added Poole, “these high-level White House meetings between Brennan and the Hollywood filmmakers took place just weeks after the Pentagon and CIA had publicly warned of the dangers posed by leaks surrounding the successful SEAL raid killing bin Laden.”