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Brennan Flip Flops on Interrogation During Hearings

John Brennan, nominee to head the Central Intelligence Agency, flip flopped during recent congressional hearings on his support of enhanced interrogation techniques. Previously, he had stated that the now-defunct interrogation program "saved lives," but now classifies the program as a "low point in our history." 

If it wasn't for the drama surrounding the drones program, much more would be made about Brennan's assertions that he had gotten misinformation and that he had misgivings that he'd privately confided to agency colleagues. This is a man who looked the other way at potential abuses. Should we really trust that he won't do what's politically expedient, even sacrificing lives, when push comes to shove?

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