CIA torture activities half-forgotten, Brennan rallies to face drone attack from senators

The White House’s counter-terrorism adviser, John Brennan, was nominated for the position as director of the Central Intelligence Agency four years ago, but withdrew after criticism of his links to CIA torture activities during the Bush administration when he was a senior official at the agency.

In a second application for the CIA directorship, he will appear before the Senate intelligence committee on Thursday for a confirmation hearing which, the FT’s Geoff Dyer surmises, could generate an illuminating confrontation.

This time around, the main topic is likely to be Mr Brennan’s role as the “driving force” behind the massive expansion of the use of drone strikes to kill suspected terrorists.

Dyer records that around 50 drone strikes to kill suspected terrorists were conducted by the George W Bush administration: under Mr Obama, there have been more than 350, in which more than 3,000 people are believed to have died.

 

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