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Senate confirms John Brennan as next CIA director

The US Senate on Thursday confirmed counterterrorism expert John Brennan to be the next CIA director, filling a third crucial position on President Barack Obama’s national security team. The Senate voted 63-34 with several Republicans flocking to approve Brennan following a dramatic 13-hour filibuster the night before by Republican Rand…

Watch live: Senators debate use of drones on American citizens

Members of the U.S. Senate discuss John Brennan’s nomination as CIA director and the use of lethal force on American citizens that are deemed security threats. Watch live, broadcast via NBC News on March 7. Visit msnbc.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy…

Rand Paul ends ‘as long as it takes’ filibuster in 13th hour

Kentucky senator speaks in protest at comments from officials over possibility of carrying out drone strikes on US soil Senator Rand Paul on Wednesday began a rare talking filibuster in order to try and block the appointment of John Brennan as CIA chief over his attitude to President Barack Obama’s…

Watch live: Rand Paul filibusters Brennan nomination for CIA director

Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) on Wednesday took the the Senate floor to filibuster the nomination of John Brennan to be the next director of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). “I’m here to filibuster John Brennan’s nomination to be director of CIA,” Paul explained. “I will speak for as long as…

Senate panel approves John Brennan as next CIA director

The US Senate Intelligence Committee on Tuesday gave its approval for John Brennan to be the next director of the CIA, setting up a full confirmation vote as early as this week. Senators in a closed-door hearing voted 12-3 to approve Brennan, putting him on track to be President Barack…

Drone war concerns go far beyond the killing of American citizens

By Cora Currier and Justin Elliott, ProPublica The nomination of John Brennan to be CIA director has prompted intense debate on Capitol Hill and in the media about U.S. drone killings abroad. But the focus has been on the targeting of American citizens 2013 a narrow issue that accounts for…

Activists banned after protests stall CIA nominee Brennan’s hearing

Senate intelligence committee chairman Diane Feinstein (D-CA) on Thursday ordered protesters cleared from a Senate hearing on the nomination John Brennan to be the next director of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). As Brennan entered the hearing room, demonstrators immediately began speaking out against the U.S. government’s practice of using…

Watch live: Brennan confirmation hearing

Senate Intelligence Committee holds a confirmation hearing for John Brennan to become head of the CIA. Watch live, broadcast on Feb. 7. Visit msnbc.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy…

Oregon man protests TSA by stripping naked at airport

A 49-year-old Oregon man thought the best way for him to protest the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) Tuesay was to strip down completely naked at the airport, according to KATU-TV. John Brennan was arrested by authorities after refusing requests from the TSA to put his clothes back on. Brennan’s actions…

U.S. defends anti-terror strikes on Qaeda targets

A top US anti-terror advisor said America’s anti-terror campaign must go beyond “hot” battlefields in Afghanistan but legal curbs could constrain its action. John Brennan, President Barack Obama’s top advisor for counterterrorism and homeland security, also criticized Friday attempts by some lawmakers to ensure that military, rather than civilian courts…

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