Report: Brennan will be top counterterror advisor

John Brennan, who was forced to withdraw from consideration to head the CIA, will reportedly have a vital job in the Obama administration.

Published January 8, 2009 10:39PM (EST)

John Brennan may not get to head the CIA -- he withdrew from consideration after an outcry over his support for controversial Bush administration policies -- but he'll reportedly still play a key role in shaping the Obama administration's counterterror policy.

Multiple outlets are reporting that Brennan will be President-elect Barack Obama's top counterterrorism advisor, leading an apparatus that will be restructured and folded into the National Security Council. His appointment is expected to be announced Friday; the position does not require confirmation by the Senate.

By Alex Koppelman

Alex Koppelman is a staff writer for Salon.

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