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Not The Symbolism The White House Wanted: John Brennan Takes Oath with Hand on Constitution MINUS the Bill of Rights

By Olivier Knox | Yahoo! News | The Ticket – 7 hrs ago

Oh, dear. This is probably not the symbolism the White House wanted.

Hours after CIA Director John Brennan took the oath of office—behind closed doors, far away from the press, perhaps befitting his status as America's top spy—the White House took pains to emphasize the symbolism of the ceremony.

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The Dude On The Horse

Is Theodore Roosevelt.


Brennan's Oath Was a Sham

Article 6, Clause 3 of the U.S. Constitution states,

"The Senators and Representatives before mentioned, and the Members of the several State Legislatures, and all executive and judicial Officers, both of the United States and of the several States, shall be bound by Oath or Affirmation, to support this Constitution; but no religious Test shall ever be required as a Qualification to any Office or public Trust under the United States."

The Constitutional document that Brennan affirmed his oath was not a copy of the Constitution that was ratified in 1789. It was one of many original drafts of the Constitution in 1787 as mentioned in the above referenced article, "…Director Brennan was sworn in with his hand on an original draft of the Constitution that had George Washington's personal handwriting and annotations on it, dating from 1787."

The act of taking an oath involves a sworn statement of loyalty or truthfulness. In the case of federal high offices, it is to the U.S. Constitution. The historical procedure followed is for the appointee to raise their right hand and place their left hand on a document recognized by the general public for its relevance to the appointment of office. The touching of the document effectively connects the words spoken in oath and the accepted document together.

For example as we all know, witnesses who testify in a court of law swear to tell the truth by placing their left hand on a bible to affirm their statements will be truthful. For federal high office (i.e., CIA Director) the appointee places their hand on a bible or some other body of work known for its acceptance as an official document.

Would it be appropriate for a court witness or federal appointee to swear an oath with their left hand on Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation or a favorite novel or some other esoteric writing not generally known to the public? Of course not because it would diminish the significance and veracity of the testimony or appointment. Brennan took his oath of office to the U.S. Constitution even though he has admitted he would violate with malice the right of every American to due process.

He might as well have sworn an oath with his left hand on a comic book because that’s what he thinks of the Constitution of the United States.

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Thats because these IDIOTS...

that we have in charge of governing our "affairs" are mindless drones who haven't really a clue about history and are too arrogant to ask.

The nation's top "self-professed" zionist gives the oath of office to the nation's top spy?

There's a little "symbolism" for ya'.

Just sayin'

its 'cos I owe ya, my young friend...
Rockin' the FREE world in Tennessee since 1957!
9/11 Truth.

"Plausable Deniability", as controversy rages, then

after the heat for the action is removed...

We will see that it was exactly what they intended all along.

"Hence, naturally enough, my symbol for Hell is something like the bureaucracy of a police state or the office of a thoroughly nasty business concern." ~~C.S. Lewis
Love won! Deliverance from Tyranny is on the way! Col. 2:13-15

Who is he swearing an oath to

Who is he swearing an oath to and what does the word "swearing" then mean?

Or perhaps...

It was EXACTLY the symbolism the White House wanted...

Me three.

A little ritual mockery... The Bill of Rights was something of an afterthought. After those in power neatly crafted the document that spelled out their power in pretty terms, those who loved liberty had a little hissy fit and insisted the Bill of Rights be drafted. For Brennan to swear to "the Constitution" is fitting, it is the document that outlines the power structure that will hold him above his fellow humans. To leave out the Bill of Rights was the perfect symbolism. He has no fealty to that document at all.

Love or fear? Choose again with every breath.

My thoughts exactly!


"A vote for the lesser of two evils is a vote to keep things the same", Buckminster Fuller..
A choice for liberty is always a choice for liberty.

The horse above his head

is the symbolism I'm responding to. In this case, the horse might represent freedom. I mean, the way it seems to be positioning itself for a large release of fecal matter atop Mr Brennan's head seems to accurately depict certain qualities of my spirit.

I don't really think it's worth spinning . . .

him using an original copy of the constitution as him not swearing to uphold the bill of rights.

Just a reminder.

18 USC § 2381 - Treason
18 USC § 2382 - Misprision of treason

Free includes debt-free!

Maybe so.

Maybe another photo op that failed. It sure looked like a blank piece of paper in that photo. If blank, then I do see the symbolism very clearly.

“It is the food which you furnish to your mind that determines the whole character of your life.”
―Emmet Fox

This was a "in your face"

to Rand's filibuster and all supporters of liberty.