US Senate confirms Brennan as new CIA director
WASHINGTON - The US Senate on Thursday confirmed John Brennan as the Obama administration's next director of the Central Intelligence Agency.
The Senate voted 63-34 in favor of Brennan, overcoming Republican Senator Rand Paul's attempt to slow the White House counter-terrorism advisor from becoming the next head of the CIA.
Paul, who spent nearly 13 hours speaking on the Senate floor on Wednesday, was irate about the reluctance of President Barack Obama's administration to declare that "targeted killings" of American citizens on US soil were unconstitutional.
Attorney General Eric Holder then clarified the administration's policy on Thursday and said that Obama would not use his authority to order a drone to kill an American on US soil who was "not engaged in combat."