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New CIA nominee defends drones

CNC report from Washington
Added On February 8, 2013

The man Barack Obama's nominated to be the new head of the CIA has defended the U.S. drone program.

John Brennan fielded tough questions at his confirmation hearing before the Senate Intelligence Committee.

He said the U.S. government only uses controversial drone strikes as a deterrent against imminent terrorist threats.

But Brennan also pledged greater transparency, saying any strikes that accidentally kill civilians should be made public.