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CNN Radio News Day: February 7th, 2013
CodePink activists protest against John Brennan, the architect of the US drone war against Al-Qaeda, in Washington, DC.
February 7th, 2013
04:33 PM ET

CNN Radio News Day: February 7th, 2013

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(CNN) – Welcome to CNN Radio News Day.

  • John Brennan, the president's nominee to be the new director of the Central Intelligence Agency, faced questions today from the Senate Intelligence Committee. The administration's policies over targeted killings of Americans overseas who are considered terrorists was a focus of the hearing. But Brennan also faced questions about the use of drones in Pakistan and other countries as well as questions about his role in interrogation methods used while he served as an official with the CIA. During the hearing, Brennan defended the administration's policy on the use of armed drones:

"The president has insisted that any actions we take will be legally grounded, will be thoroughly anchored in intelligence, will have the appropriate review process, approval process before any action is contemplated, including those actions that might involve the use of lethal force."

  • Protesters spilled into the streets of Tunis, the capital of Tunisia for a second straight day. They were met by police with tear gas. The demonstrations follow the assassination of the government opposition leader, Chokri Belaid on Wednesday. CNN's Dan Rivers was caught up in the middle of the turmoil as he reported on the story:

"It was pretty scary. It was the kind of classic situation when you have a big mob marching toward a government building. the police are there having been ordered to stop them and protect it. For a while it seems like it's going to be peaceful then somebody throws a rock and suddenly the police respond with tear gas. "

  • Early one hot, dusty Saturday in Afghanistan, 53 U.S. service members came under attack from 400 Taliban fighters. It was October 3, 2009 and Army staff Sargent Clint Romeshay was there.  When it was over, his small unit won the battle, but lost 8 men. He talked with CNN anchor and Chief Washington Correspondent, Jack Tapper, who wrote a best-selling book about the attack. Romeshay told him:

"It's like a fighter going into the boxing ring. If you think you're going to lose before you even step into the ring, you've already lost."

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soundoff (3 Responses)
  1. chris

    Would the left be this quiet if bush were still in office. The idea that this policy does not specify on or off US soil scares me. I giving any president the power of life and death over US citizens without due process is a ugly step toward tyranny.

    February 7, 2013 at 6:40 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Luke Evans

    to think that this was exclusively john brennans idea is stupid. this type of warfare transcends being democrat or republican because its very effective

    February 7, 2013 at 6:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • chris

      I have no issue with drone strikes as a tool of war, I do have issue with the government using them to kill US citizens that are not an imminent threat.

      February 7, 2013 at 6:43 pm | Report abuse |