For CIA chief, Obama taps adviser who defended drone strikes

ShareThisFor CIA chief, Obama taps adviser who defended drone strikes 07 Jan 2013 In White House councils, John Brennan has been privy to the most secret U.S.  intelligence programs. Outwardly, he has been the administration's most  public defender of one of President Barack Obama's most controversial  practices – the expanded use of armed drone aircraft to kill 'terrorism  suspects' overseas. This is the second time that  Obama has sought to put Brennan at the helm of the CIA, and his  confirmation process is likely to revisit old controversies over U.S.  counterterrorism measures undertaken by the administrations of Obama and  George W. Bush. Brennan, a 25-year  CIA veteran, withdrew his name from consideration as Obama's first  director of the agency in November 2008 following liberals' criticism  that he had done too little to condemn the use by the Bush  administration of interrogation techniques such as waterboarding, widely  considered torture.

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