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Leaked drones memo shakes up Brennan confirmation hearings

John Brennan's nomination to be the new CIA chief has been shaken up by revelations about the Obama Administration's use of drones to target American citizens overseas, and opponents of the drone program hope the confirmation process can be used as leverage to get more information about the killings from the White House.

Brennan, currently Obama's counterterrorism adviser, is scheduled to testify before the Senate Intelligence Committee on Thursday as part of his confirmation process to be the new head of the CIA. And Brennan, a chief architect of the targeted drone killings that have been a major part of Obama's counterterrorism operations, is testifying just as the program is under renewed scrutiny.

On Monday, NBC News reported on a leaked Justice Department white paper from 2011 that reveals the Obama Administration's conclusion that it can legally target U.S. citizens with drone strikes.

The New York Times reports:

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