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CIA chief nominee did not try to stop waterboarding

The White House's nominee for CIA chief John Brennan has said he did not try to stop harsh interrogation techniques such as waterboarding when he was at the agency earlier in his career, but had objected to them privately.

Speaking at his confirmation hearing, he said: "I did not take steps to stop the CIA's use of those techniques. I was not in the chain of command of that program".

John Brennan
John Brennan was a senior CIA official under President George W Bush's administration Credit: Reuters

"I had expressed my personal objections and views to some agency colleagues about ... waterboarding, nudity and others ...

" I did not try to stop it, because it was something that was being done in a different part of the agency under the authority of others, and it was something that was directed by the administration at the time."


Protesters disrupt CIA director nomination hearing

Protesters interrupted a US Senate hearing where Deputy National Security Adviser John Brennan testified on his nomination to be the director of the CIA.

Deputy National Security Adviser John Brennan (C). Credit: Reuters/Jason Reed

The protesters were escorted out, after Senator Dianne Feinstein asked for the room to be cleared. The activists were believed to be demonstrating against US drone strikes in Yemen and Pakistan.


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