Richard Burr cracks waterboarding joke

Three hours into John Brennan's confirmation hearing, Sen. Richard Burr (R-N.C.) cracked a joke about harsh interrogation techniques.

Brennan, Rubio spar over detention centers

"Why shouldn't the U.S. intelligence community have facilities for detaining and questioning terrorist suspects in such cases?" Rubio asked.

Brennan disputes backlash to drone strikes

John Brennan disputed in his confirmation hearing that drone strikes have created a widespread backlash that only creates new terrorists.

Brennan on harsh interrogation techniques: ‘I do not know what the truth is’

He was firm in saying that "waterboarding never should have been used, and never will be if I have anything to do with it."

Brennan denies Risch’s leak accusations

He told the committee that he was "witness, not a target" in a Justice Department investigation.

Brennan: U.S. ‘very judicious’ in use of drones

"The American people would be quite pleased to know that we have been very careful and very judicious," he said.

Republicans threaten to block Brennan over Benghazi

Republicans repeated a threat to block Brennan's confirmation if the CIA failed to turn over additional documents about the U.S. response to the terrorist attack on the Benghazi consulate.

Brennan: We should acknowledge unintended drone deaths

Sen. Ron Wyden had a pointed question for Brennan on civilian casualties of drone strikes. Wyden asked Brennan how – not if – the U.S. should publicly acknowledge when a drone strike had inadvertently killed civilians.

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Wyden demands more information on CIA killing

The senator said it was not clear that the Justice Department had produced all of the opinions attached to the memos.

Brennan opposed 1990s attempt to capture bin Laden

A bit of news early in John Brennan's testimony.

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