Obama to nominate John Brennan to head CIA

Updated 07 January 2013
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Obama to nominate John Brennan to head CIA

WASHINGTON: President Barack Obama will nominate John Brennan as his next director of the Central Intelligence Agency.
Brennan, a 25-year CIA veteran, currently serves as Obama’s top counterterrorism adviser. The White House says the president will announce Brennan’s nomination Monday afternoon.
An Obama administration official says the president will also formally announce that he is nominating Chuck Hagel as his next defense secretary. Both men must be confirmed by the Senate.
Obama considered Brennan for the top CIA job in 2008. But Brennan withdrew his name amid questions about his connection to enhanced interrogation techniques while serving in the spy agency during the George W. Bush administration.
Brennan denied involvement in the controversial interrogation tactics, including waterboarding, and has spoken out against them.


Germany wants to deport alleged former bin Laden follower

Updated 25 April 2018
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Germany wants to deport alleged former bin Laden follower

  • Germany to deport a Tunisian follower of Al-Qaeda's Bin Laden
  • Berlin is seeking assurances from the Tunisian government not to torture Sami A.

BERLIN: The German government says it is trying to deport a former follower of Osama bin Laden despite court rulings barring his transfer to Tunisia.
The case of Sami A., whose full name wasn’t released, has caused anger in Germany after it was revealed that he receives monthly state benefits of 1,168 euros ($1,427).
Responding to queries from the Alternative for Germany party, the government of North Rhine-Westphalia state said the 42-year-old can’t be deported because he might face torture in Tunisia.
Germany wants diplomatic assurances from Tunisia he won’t be tortured, but that these haven’t been forthcoming yet.
A spokesman for the federal interior ministry, Harald Neymanns, said Wednesday “there are attempts to deport the former bodyguard of bin Laden” and a ministerial task force will examine the case soon.