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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