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C-SPAN: CIA Director Nomination Hearing


Part 1

Senate Committee Select Intelligence

C-SPAN - Feb 7, 2013 The Senate Select Committee on Intelligence held a hearing on the nomination of John Brennan to become director of the CIA. 

Senator Mark Warner (D-VA) introduced Mr. Brennan.

Committee Chair Feinstein stopped the hearing for a few minutes in to clear the room after several outbursts from protesters seemed likely to delay the hearing. Members of the public wishing to return to the hearing had to be screened by Capitol Police.

President Obama has announced the nomination of John Brennan as the next Director of the Central Intelligence Agency. Brennan, a 25-year veteran of the CIA, has served as President Obama s Advisor for Counterterrorism and Homeland Security since 2009. Senate Intelligence Chairwoman Dianne Feinstein said Tuesday that a Justice Department legal memo on using drone strikes against U.S. citizens suspected of terrorism has allowed her panel to conduct oversight of the controversial practice.

The memo s disclosure comes at a sensitive time for the Obama administration. It has ramifications for the nomination of John O. Brennan to lead the CIA, whose confirmation hearing as the top White House counterterrorism and homeland security adviser, has guided the administration s drone strike policy.


John O. Brennan, Deputy National Security Advisor for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism, and Assistant to the President

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