Oregon's Senator Jeff Merkley issued the following statement on the nomination of John Brennan as Director of the Central Intelligence Agency.
"I will certainly be looking to hear how John Brennan responds to concerns that have been raised about his nomination. I have followed reports that Brennan, as a former senior official in the Bush-era CIA, knew about and may have supported controversial programs, including the use of torture, extraordinary rendition, secret prisons, and warrantless wiretapping. If true, connections to these programs would be cause for concern. I want to hear clear answers from him about how he may have been involved in these activities, as well as his vision for the Agency."