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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."

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

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

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.

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

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

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