Obama’s CIA Director Threw Cold Water on Hillary Gun Control Talking Point, Said No-Fly Lists Are Unfair
President Barack Obama’s Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) director, John Brennan, said that people on federal government no-fly lists are subjected to “unnecessary searches and inconvenience.”
Brennan’s 2010 remarks depart from the current Democratic Party effort to ban people on the no-fly list from purchasing firearms. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton is using that effort as a political tool to bash Republicans and the National Rifle Association, saying, “If you’re too dangerous to get on a plane, you’re too dangerous to buy a gun in America.”
Republicans have blocked the measure for various reasons, including because, as Marco Rubio put it, “The majority of the people on the no-fly list are often times people that just basically have the same name as somebody else who don’t belong on the no-fly list.”
But Brennan, who then served as President Obama’s homeland security adviser, spoke at the Islamic Center at New York University in February 2010, where he seemed to take the eventual Republican side in the political battle that sprang up several years after his remarks.