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02/01/2013 11:44 am ET Updated Apr 03, 2013

John Brennan's Rocky Reception On Torture

John Brennan's confirmation hearings begin February 7. That means he has a week to get his story straight on torture, a topic that will most certainly come up when senators question him. Here's why:

Unnamed officials told Reuters that Brennan had "detailed, contemporaneous knowledge" of CIA torture tactics like waterboarding when he was an intelligence official under Bush.

Brennan met with a group of senators concerned about torture -- and apparently he bombed. Sen. Mark Udall released a statement after the catch-up that he was "deeply disappointed" Brennan had not read the Senate's report on CIA torture techniques.

A group of counterterrorism interrogators released a letter on Thursday via Human Rights First calling for the Senate to ask "What role did Mr. Brennan play in the development, review or approval of what he has called 'enhanced interrogation?'"

Time for Brennan to do some homework.

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