|Avril Danica Haines|
|Director of National Intelligence|
From: January 21, 2021 – present
|Successor||Incumbent (no successor)|
|Former United States Deputy National Security Advisor|
From: January 11, 2015 – January 20, 2017
|Successor||K. T. McFarland|
|Former Deputy Director of the Central Intelligence Agency|
From: August 9, 2013 – January 10, 2015
|Successor||David S. Cohen|
Haines, who received a B.A. in Physics from the University of Chicago and a J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center, began her government career in 2002, where she clerked on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit in Cincinnati, OH. In 2003, she took a job as a lawyer in the State Department legal advisor’s office, where she worked, among other issues, against doping in sports, and on international treaties at the State Department, first in the Office of Treaty Affairs and then in the Legal Advisor’s Office of Political-Military Affairs, where she became immersed in the international laws of war.
In 2007, Haines joined the Senate Foreign Relations Committee as Majority deputy chief counsel. Joe Biden was then chairman. When Biden became Vice President, Haines followed him to the White House, working from 2010 to 2013 as the president’s top lawyer on the National Security Council.
- See also: Obama war crimes
Although she had never worked at the CIA, CCP connected director John Brennan appointed Haines CIA Deputy Director, a position she held from 2013 to 2015. Haines authorized drone strikes in the greater Middle East on names from Obama's kill list to carry out Brennan’s targeted extrajudicial assassinations of people from any country, including the United States.
According to CIA whistleblower John Kiriakou, who exposed the CIA torture program, “It was Avril that decided whether it was legal to incinerate someone from the sky. We know that in almost all cases, she said it was legal to put these names on the kill list, and people were subsequently killed by drone, including American citizens.”
Kiriakou said she regularly approved the drone bombings that killed not only suspected terrorists but also entire families, including children, who died as collateral damage.
- See also: Trump-Russia collusion hoax
The first week after Peter Strzok formally began the Crossfire Hurricane investigation into Donald Trump, FBI director James Comey met with President Obama in the Oval Office for a private one-on-one meeting. Susan Rice, Haines and Lisa Monaco began convening meetings in the White House Situation Room, which would later be referred to as “Deputies Meetings”. These meetings were initially attended by John Brennan, James Clapper, Comey and Loretta Lynch. Vice President Joe Biden eventually joined the Deputies Meetings.
The Crossfire Hurricane investigation team, in conjunction with a number of agents at the Eastern District of Virginia (EDVA) under US Attorney Dana Boente, reported to Brennan's Working Group, including the CIA. During this time, they investigated the four main targets of Crossfire Hurricane, George Papadopoulos, Carter Page, Michael Flynn, Paul Manafort and they also investigated Roger Stone as part of their expanded WikiLeaks investigation.
- See also: CCP global pandemic
In Oct. 2019, while a Senior Research Scholar at Columbia University and a Senior Fellow at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, Haines was one of the “Players” in Event 201. The event, sponsored by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, The World Economic Forum, and Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, was a pandemic tabletop exercise that simulated a series of dramatic, scenario-based facilitated discussions, confronting difficult, true-to-life dilemmas associated with response to a hypothetical, but scientifically plausible, pandemic.
- Edwards, Michelle (February 1, 2021). Who is Avril Haines?. uncoverdc.com. Retrieved February 3, 2021.
- Javers, Eamon (February 6, 2013). In Brennan's Private Sector Stint, a Chinese Connection. CNBC. Retrieved February 3, 2021.
- Friedersdorf, Conor (March 14, 2016). The Obama Administration's Drone-Strike Dissembling. The Atlantic. Retrieved February 3, 2021.
- Miller, Greg; Nakashima, Ellen; Entous, Adam (June 23, 2017). Obama’s secret struggle to punish Russia for Putin’s election assault. Washington Post. Retrieved February 3, 2021.
- Apuzzo, Matt; Goldman, Adam; Fandos, Nicholas (May 16, 2018). Code Name Crossfire Hurricane: The Secret Origins of the Trump Investigation. The New York Times. Retrieved February 3, 2021.