"I'm going to speak as long as I can to draw attention to something I find very disturbing," said Senator Paul, who began speaking at midday Wednesday, an effort unlikely to prevent full Senate approval of Mr. Brennan to be the nation’s spymaster.
On Wednesday, Attorney General Eric Holder responded to the bipartisan congressional pressure for the administration to be more forthcoming about the targeted killings launched from drones.
"I heard you and the president has heard you," Mr. Holder said.
The attorney general said he is confident that if the public had more information, there would be greater comfort that the administration is acting in conformity with the law. Without elaborating, Holder said a number of steps are going to be taken and that he expects "the president will be talking about this."
Human Rights First called Holder’s statement a “positive development.”