So much for John Brennan, the former CIA official who wasn’t actually an advocate of torture but who was pilloried for being so in the blogosphere. The Associated Press reports he’s taken himself out of the running to be Obama’s CIA director or director of national intelligence in a letter to the president-elect:

“The fact that I was not involved in the decisionmaking process for any of these controversial policies and actions has been ignored,” he wrote, in a letter obtained by The Associated Press.

First Read has the whole letter, which includes this line: “It has been immaterial to the critics that I have been a strong opponent of many of the policies of the Bush Administration, such as the preemptive war in Iraq and coercive interrogation tactics, to include waterboarding.”

Crossposted to The Streak.

Update: Thanks to commenter Laura Doty for correcting me that the anti-Brennan coalition letter was a coalition of psychologists, not psychiatrists.

Spencer Ackerman

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