Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies Program on Energy and Sustainable Development Stanford University


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Controversy Dims as Public Opinion Shifts

Opinion Piece/Newspaper Article

Amy Zegart - CISAC Faculty Member; Senior Fellow, Hoover Institution; Professor of Political Economy (by courtesy), Graduate School of Business

Published by
The New York Times, January 7, 2013

CISAC Faculty Member Amy Zegart discusses how changing American attitudes towards torture have impacted presidential appointments to key intelligence positions, such as the Obama administration's appointment of John Brennan to lead the CIA. Four years ago, he withdrew from consideration for the position because of his role as a senior CIA official during the Bush administration and his association with enhanced interrogation techniques. His nomination as CIA Director is much less contentious this time around.