CIA nominee Brennan defends drone strikes, says he doesn't know if waterboarding is effective

  • Article by: KIMBERLY DOZIER , Associated Press
  • Updated: February 8, 2013 - 2:57 AM
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rjr2205Feb. 7, 1311:06 AM

As to killing Americans with drone strikes, it's very simple. Once an American citizen declares war on American, though words or actions, they become an enemy combatant. If said enemy combatant is in the USA or an allied country and can be taken into custody and tried, that should be the case. If said enemy combatant is in an unfriendly country and an arrest is not possible, use a drone!! As a vietnam vet, I know war is not friendly or neat, but an enemy combatant will kill you when he can!! The real world of war against terrorists does not follow the rules of sensativity or good taste. Guidelines are good but must reflect reality!!

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freedomallFeb. 7, 1311:18 AM

All members of Congress from the state of Minnesota (with the exception of McCollum and Ellison) favor Drones. That is right, including Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken. I knew this before the elections, and it makes you wonder why this wasn't announced before them. Glad I didn't vote for Amy Klobuchar!

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bombo52Feb. 7, 13 2:18 PM

Thank goodness for drones.

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staransicklFeb. 7, 13 2:26 PM

Hey all you liberals who are silent on this issue... I can't wait to see how you feel about this when a Republican now has his finger on the kill/do not kill trigger. Your precious Bill Ayers would have been a perfect target for these drones under the guidelines written by Obama. Love your selective outrage.

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pjhawk95Feb. 7, 13 2:33 PM

"....He said the United States remains at war with al-Qaida and its associated forces, which he said seek to "carry out deadly strikes"----Does anyone actually believe that stuff anymore?

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suzukisvFeb. 7, 13 2:35 PM

rjr2205, so you must be includng all of our right wing characters who believe that our current govt is illegitimate and have threatened potentially violent overthrow, correct? As long as we count them amongst the targets, I'm good! Also, the picture of Brennan makes him look more like a mob boss (with his muscle!) then a CIA nominee.

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parksoy125Feb. 7, 13 2:41 PM

You can't be "at war" with a group of people only a country or countries. You people keep voting these criminals into office, they take more and more money from you, slowly take away your constitutional rights, build up more and more debt, bomb other countries who have never invaded our borders.........but as long as you can keep watching "Biggest Loser" all is well in the world right? The president regardless of party affiliation is given power to kill anybody he sees fit without review by anyone person or group. And people wonder how Hitler cam to power and how the holocaust happened. Wake up already.

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muggsh2oFeb. 7, 13 2:52 PM

What has not been addresses in these little video game strikes are the innocent bystanders. Depending on who you talk to between Afghanistan, Pakistan, Yemen, Iraq, etc. thousands of innocent people have been killed, most during the nobel peace prize winner's presidency. Drones will haunt our country in the long run.

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herniapeteFeb. 7, 13 3:08 PM

If you are going to protest something you might not want do it in front of cameras or the guy that might be the new leader of the CIA....just saying it might not be in your best interest that's all.

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goldengoph3rFeb. 7, 13 3:10 PM

Combating terrorism is not "war", because a nation can't "defeat" terrorism. There have always been and will always be terrorists of some sort. The problem with drone strikes is twofold. Constitutionally, I don't believe any administration has or should have the sole authority to decide who lives and who dies, and why. But the bigger problem is the strikes themselves resemble closely what they're meant to combact--an act of terror. Locals aren't likely to be sympathetic to our reasons when innocent lives are blown away along with the intended target. Drone strikes are almost unique in the amount of outrage they cause in the countries in which they're employed. And anything that increases animosity towards the US isn't likely to reduce terrorism directed at us.

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