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Our New CIA Director Swears-In, But…

brennan

You know how I get all a-twitter over irony? Recall it was just a couple days ago Sen. Rand Paul stood for nearly thirteen long hours in filibuster stating over and over again how unconstitutional the Obama administration's ambiguous drone program is (run by the CIA), most especially the ability to strike non-combatant Americans on American soil without due process. The answer to that is still really not answered as clearly as first thought. Now, jump to today...

John Brennan took his oath of office today. There was no Bible (and I don't know nuttin' about all this mumbling that Brennan converted to Islam in Saudi Arabia). No, Mr. Brennan chose the U.S. Constitution.

However, before you rejoice and exhale a deep sigh of secular relief that it was some sign of his patriotism and allegiance to said Constitution, just know that it was an original incomplete draft of the Constitution ... and The Bill of Rights was nowhere to be found (bold emphasis mine).

Oh, dear. This is probably not the symbolism the White House wanted.

Hours after CIA Director John Brennan took the oath of office—behind closed doors, far away from the press, perhaps befitting his status as America's top spy—the White House took pains to emphasize the symbolism of the ceremony.

“There's one piece of this that I wanted to note for you,” spokesman Josh Earnest told reporters at their daily briefing. “Director Brennan was sworn in with his hand on an original draft of the Constitution that had George Washington's personal handwriting and annotations on it, dating from 1787.”

[...]

Earnest said Brennan had asked for a document from the National Archives that would demonstrate the U.S. is a nation of laws.

"Director Brennan told the president that he made the request to the archives because he wanted to reaffirm his commitment to the rule of law as he took the oath of office as director of the CIA,” Earnest said.

The Constitution itself went into effect in 1789. But troublemaking blogger Marcy Wheeler points out that what was missing from the Constitution in 1787 is also quite symbolic: The Bill of Rights, which did not officially go into effect until December 1791 after ratification by states. (Caution: Marcy's post has some strong language.)

That means: No freedom of speech and of the press, no right to bear arms, no Fourth Amendment ban on “unreasonable searches and seizures,” and no right to a jury trial.

How ... symbolic?

Why? Why this particular draft? Why not the finished original document with that pesky Bill of Rights included? Hell, why not a current version of the U.S. Constitution with everything amended to date?

brennan2

This would be a good time to remind everyone about how Barack Obama believes the U.S. Constitution is deeply flawed, and to this day stomps all over it and rewrites it in his image.

Cue Pitbull's response...

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