John Brennan was sworn in today as the CIA Director by Vice President Joe Biden in the Roosevelt Room of the White House. However, during his swearing in ceremony, he did not place his hand on a Bible and used the “first draft” of the Constitution.
What does it mean that it’s a “first draft” of the Constitution? It means it doesn’t include the First, Fourth, Fifth, or Sixth Amendments or any of the other Amendments now included in our Constitution, as EmptyWheel points out.
“That means, when Brennan vowed to protect and defend the Constitution, he was swearing on one that did not include the First, Fourth, Fifth, or Sixth Amendments – or any of the other Amendments now included in our Constitution. The Bill of Rights did not become part of our Constitution until 1791, 4 years after the Constitution that Brennan took his oath on.”