Three hours into John Brennan's confirmation hearing, Sen. Richard Burr (R-N.C.) cracked a joke about harsh interrogation techniques.
"Why shouldn't the U.S. intelligence community have facilities for detaining and questioning terrorist suspects in such cases?" Rubio asked.
John Brennan disputed in his confirmation hearing that drone strikes have created a widespread backlash that only creates new terrorists.
He was firm in saying that "waterboarding never should have been used, and never will be if I have anything to do with it."
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.
The senator said it was not clear that the Justice Department had produced all of the opinions attached to the memos.