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Drone filibuster delays US Senate’s vote on new CIA director

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07 March 2013



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A US Senate vote to confirm John Brennan as CIA director was delayed by a 13-hour talking filibuster by junior Republican Senator Rand Paul.

US President Barack Obama has faced criticism in his choice of Brennan as head of the Central Intelligence Agency over his administration’s use of armed drones to attack suspected members and allies of al-Qaeda. Brennan oversees the drone program as Obama’s counterterrorism adviser.

The vote proceeded today — despite the filibuster — and Brennan was confirmed as CIA director by a 63-34 vote that crossed party lines.

(Photo credit: USDAgov)

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