CIA Director nominee John Brennan, flanked by security, arrives on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Feb. 7, 2013, to testify at his confirmation hearing before the Senate Intelligence Committee. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
Thursday, February 07, 2013 3:02 pm
Protesters interrupt CIA nominee Brennan hearing
By KIMBERLY DOZIERAP Intelligence Writer
Police removed several protesters at the beginning of the hearing on Thursday. More began yelling after Brennan began testifying, and Intelligence Committee Chairman Dianne Feinstein ordered the hearing recessed while the room was cleared of spectators by Capitol Police. The protesters were shouting objections to lethal U.S. drone strikes and harsh interrogation methods.
The hearing continued a few minutes later. Senate staff members and reporters were allowed to remain.
One protester shouted, concerning Brennan: "Your drone policies are resulting in the deaths of children."
In pre-hearing questions, Brennan had denounced harsh CIA interrogation methods but defended drone strikes, saying they caused far fewer civilian casualties than war.