John Brennan’s Remarks on the Obama Administration’s Policy on Combating Terrorism

Brookings Institution, September 26, 2011

On September 16, 2011, President Obama’s chief counterterrorism advisor, John O. Brennan, told conferees in a keynote address at the Harvard Law School-Brookings conference (part of the new Harvard Law School-Brookings Project on Law and Security) that the United States must not let down its guard in fighting terrorist organizations on a broad front.

In “Strengthening our Security by Adhering to our Values and Laws,” John Brennan states:

In the face of this ongoing and evolving threat, the Obama Administration has worked to establish a counterterrorism framework that has been effective in enhancing the security of our nation. This framework is guided by several core principles.

First, our highest priority is—and always will be — the safety and security of the American people. As President Obama has said, we have no greater responsibility as a government.

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