CIA-pick Brennan defends drone use

Posted: February 8, 2013 at 5:32 a.m.

Security officers stand watch Thursday during a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing as John Brennan undergoes hours of questioning on his confirmation as CIA director.

Nominated to head the CIA, John Brennan told a protest-disrupted Senate confirmation hearing Thursday that the United States employs drone strikes only as a deterrent against imminent terrorist threats, not as punishment for previous actions, firmly defending the contentious attacks that have killed three Americans and an unknown number of foreigners.

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