Brennan will never approach the movie-star status of Petraeus or the personal congressional links of Panetta.
“The public got fed up with these laws,” says Kasdan of the Brennan Center.
He also works at the Brennan Center for Justice at the NYU Law School.
But Brennan in that briefing said the al Qaeda leader died in a firefight, a claim the White House later retracted.
The official line is that civilian casualties, in the words of Brennan, are “exceedingly rare.”
In the front row not far from where his own parents sat, he sighted both Mr. Maxwell and Mr. Brennan.
"I know, you thought every good reporter should write shorthand," said Brennan.
Mr. Brennan, will you state your name for the record, please?
Brennan stuck his head in the booth to listen as John lifted the receiver.
When James escaped for the third, and very successful, time, Brennan was helpless.