John Brennan Sworn in as CIA Director Using Constitution Lacking Bill of Rights

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According to the White House, John Brennan was sworn in as CIA Director on a “first draft” of the Constitution including notations from George Washington, dating to 1787.

Vice President Joe Biden swears in CIA Director John Brennan in the Roosevelt Room of the White House, March 8, 2013. Members of Brennan’s family stand with him. Brennan was sworn in with his hand on an original draft of the Constitution, dating from 1787, which has George Washington’s personal handwriting and annotations on it.

That means, when Brennan vowed to protect and defend the Constitution, he was swearing on one that did not include the First, Fourth, Fifth, or Sixth Amendments — or any of the other Amendments now included in our Constitution. The Bill of Rights did not become part of our Constitution until 1791, 4 years after the Constitution that Brennan took his oath on.

I really don’t mean to be an asshole about this. But these vows always carry a great deal of symbolism. And whether he meant to invoke this symbolism or not, the moment at which Brennan took over the CIA happened to exclude (in symbolic form, though presumably not legally) the key limits on governmental power that protect American citizens.

Update: Olivier Knox describes how the White House pushed the symbolism of this.

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 gathered for 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.

Update: I’m assuming this copy of the Constitution is the one Brennan used.

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8 thoughts on “John Brennan Sworn in as CIA Director Using Constitution Lacking Bill of Rights

  1. This is what happens when the United States of America run by an illegally elected traitor from kenya.

    Below spells out Washington’s first couple of days on the job. This version of the constitution (the copy sworn on above) was only a blue print. By no means a final draft. Barry Soetoro aka Barack Obama is doing an end run around reality. As with most dictators the man is living in a world upon himself, out of touch with reality.

    More below:

    “Imagine George Washington’s first day on the job as President of the United States on April 30, 1789. What what his role? How was he to act? What were his duties and powers? Who should advise him? Who worked for him?

    The Constitution described the role of the President in general terms, but spelled out only a few specific duties and powers. Since the democratic republic created under the Constitution was an entirely new form of government, there was no user’s manual. There were no previous presidents he could look to for advice. The Constitution, the proposed Bill of Rights, and Acts of Congress were the closest thing. After the first session of Congress, these documents were printed and compiled into a volume.”

    Long story short

    Soetoro is becoming worse by the day, dangerously close to becoming a mad man.

  2. Do any of you know that the word(s) Right/Rights does not appear in the Constitution? Reread the Constitution. Study it one sentence at a time and ask what the meaning is. You will find much of it is vague and gives the government unlimited power. This is why Brennan swore on that document. The Constitution was not acceptable to the States or the people until a “Bill of Rights” was added. “We the People” had no say in drafting the Constitution. An elite group created that document that betrayed the “People”.

    The Continental Congress was only authorized to revise the “Articles of Confederation”. They had no authority to draft a “Constitution”.

    1. The people who frequent this site are patriots who only adhere to the principle of the “Bill of Rights” and the current Constitution as it stands. I don’t know what propaganda garbage you are trying to stuff down our throats sport, but we wipe our asses with your tripe above. Your making yourself real damn clear which side of the fence you sit on.

      In short, drop dead.

      1. I guess you have not read that document very carefully or you are going on what other people have said about it.

        Please show me where the word Right/rights is in the Constitution? Ben Franklin did not like it. Patrick Henry did not like it. Connecticut delegation walked out of the convention. It took the “Bill of Rights to get the Constitution passed by the States and it was passed by a slim margin.

        So few really know this countries history.
        Please point out where I am in error.
        I am sorry you are so hostile to the truth.

        1. What part about the below paragraph are you having a hard time with Bullwinkle?

          “We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America”.

          Do not splash any more of your Bullwinkle bullshit on this site.

          1. Mark, I know you are absolutely patriotic, however what Bullwinkle is saying is correct.
            The Constitution, though presented in the name of the people, was not created by the people, but rather by a hand full of aristocrats who copied it verbatim from their Masonic constitution.
            The Constitution is a commercial contract for goods and services, which has been breached. It is now an open contract, without binding and all power has reverted back to we the people under our Bill of Rights, which is what gave us the power/authority to empower the contract. And as we know the Bill of Rights has been removed from the constitutional contract by the foreign insurgents, thus it is no longer in affect and any authority we the people granted through the contract no longer exists and cannot again until our authority is reestablished. Then, and only then, can we exercise that authority via any contract.
            The Constitution, when strictly adhered to, is the best system of government, that is when it is tightly chained within the grip of the sovereign individual national. This is why we have been forced to revert to our option in the Declaration of Independence.
            The Constitution can only be used against us until we can reestablish our authority.
            Hope this makes sense.

          2. Henry,

            Just tired of the diversions and games being played with our God given rights. I never gave Biden the green light to shit on our Constitution. Brennon is now a traitor in my book. And I just hope Bullwinkle is in line with this train of thought, if not, then Bullwinkle is going to have one hell of a big problem with me, that simple.

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