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Obama's choice to run CIA defends US drone war

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President Barack Obama's choice to run the CIA defended drone strikes as a vital "last resort" against Al-Qaeda militants, despite criticism from senators about the veil of secrecy surrounding the raids. 

Anti-war protesters shout slogans as John Brennan (R), President Barack Obama's pick to lead the CIA, arrives to testify before a full committee hearing on his nomination to be director of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) in the Hart Senate Office Building in Washington, DC, on February 7, 2013.

John Brennan, known as the architect of the drone war, faced repeated questions at his confirmation hearing over the "targeted killings," which have even involved Americans not charged with a crime. Democratic senators demanded the administration share more information about the strikes with Congress and the public.

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