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    WASHINGTON (CBS) -- The President's choice to lead the CIA will face Congress today. At his confirmation hearing John Brennan face tough questions about the Obama Administration's use of deadly drone strikes.

    Demonstrators gathered to protest the nomination of John Brennan as CIA director. And today lawmakers get their chance to grill the President's pick to run the nation's top spy agency.

    Brennan's Senate confirmation hearing comes in the middle of a growing controversy over U.S. drone strikes targeting terror suspects overseas. As the President Obama's counterterrism chief Brennan helped manage the drone program. Sen. Susan Collins says, "In many cases we are talking about hardened terrorists... but we do need to have a different approach when an American citizen is involved."

    Now the White House is now letting lawmakers look at classified information explaining the legal justification for using the strikes to target American terror suspects.

    Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle are raising concerns about the program. Brennan is also expected to face tough questions about his time as a CIA executive during the Bush administration and what he knew about enhanced interrogation techniques. Juan Zarate, CBS NEWS Senior National Security Analyst says, "He's going to face questions from democrats about his prior role in detention and rendition policies."

    Brennan has said he was "aware of the program but did not play a role in its creation, execution or oversight."
    Today's hearing could decide whether or not Brennan becomes the next CIA director.

    Less were less than 50 drone strikes during the Bush Administration. Under Obama there have reportedly been more than 360 strikes.

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