John Brennan is Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism. This program was recorded in collaboration with the Christian Science Monitor, on September 8, 2011.
John O. Brennan
David Cook is Senior Editor and Washington bureau chief of The Christian Science Monitor. He oversees the Monitor's 9-person bureau in the nation's capital, hosts the Monitor's newsmaker breakfasts, and writes for csmonitor.com.
For over 40 years, Monitor breakfasts have brought journalists together with key public officials to talk about the issues of the day in a candid, in-depth fashion. Since their start in 1966, four US presidents, five vice presidents, and countless cabinet and congressional officials have been guests at the 3,600 breakfasts the Monitor has hosted.
When Monitor correspondent Jill Carroll was held captive in Iraq for 82 days in 2006, Cook served as the Monitor's spokesperson and appeared on numerous national broadcasts including "Today," "Nightline," "The News Hour with Jim Lehrer," and "ABC World News Tonight."
From August 1994 through July 2001, Cook served as editor of The Christian Science Monitor. During his term, the Monitor's print edition was redesigned, csmonitor.com was launched, and the paper won numerous awards including the 1996 Pulitzer Prize for international reporting.
Previously Cook was editor of Monitor Broadcasting which produced daily radio news programs heard on 200 public radio stations. He also served as managing editor of the Monitor's Emmy award-winning nightly television news program "World Monitor."
His current assignment is Cook's third tour in Washington. During two previous postings in the nation's capital he covered economic policy. He also has been a Detroit-based correspondent for Business Week.
Cook was awarded a Bagehot Fellowship in Business and Economic Journalism by Columbia University. He is a graduate of Principia College, attended the Advanced Management Program at Michigan State University, and served in the U.S. Army. He is a member of the Gridiron Club, Washington's oldest journalistic organization, and the father of three grown sons.
John Brennan, President Obama's chief counterterrorism adviser, told reporters at a Monitor Breakfast that some terrorist elements looked at Libya as an "arms bazaar" and the US was working with the new Libyan government to secure weapon stockpiles.
U.S. Deputy National Security Advisor John Brennan discusses information obtained from former al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden's hideout in Pakistan, including that bin Laden was looking to "rebrand" or move the group's headquarters. Brennan also says he "hasn't seen" anything indicating Pakistani official "complicity" in bin Laden's operations.