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Burr makes waterboarding joke at Brennan hearing

U.S. Sen. Richard Burr got a laugh from Senate colleagues with a waterboarding comment during Thursday's confirmation hearings for John Brennan, the president's choice to run the CIA.

"I will be brief because I notice you are on your fourth glass of water and I do not want to be accused of waterboarding you," Burr said, as he began questioning Brennan.

From the video clip, Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., and chair of the Senate intelligence committee appeared to think the remark quite witty, though it wasn't clear if she was the senator who responded with "That's a good one."

Brennan, by the way, does not seem to think water boarding is a joke. Asked about it during the hearing, he called the practice "reprehensible."

Hendrix on Mukasey nomination

John Ross Hendrix would not vote to confirm Michael Mukasey as attorney general.

The Cary graphic artist, who is running for the Democratic nomination for U.S. Senate, said he would not support Mukasey because of the former judge's reluctance to characterize waterboarding as torture.

In a satirical e-mail to Dome, Hendrix said he will begin selling "custom built waterboards" on Craigslist.

There should be a good market, with potential sales to every police department in the country, and maybe even mall security companies. If the waterboarding procedure is ok for prisoners of war and international criminals, it should be ok for criminal suspects in the U.S., too.

Hendrix said that Mukasey's testimony will lead to "Americans being waterboarded by terrorist claiming to have the same respect for the Geneva Conventions as the United States."

Previously: Chapel Hill investment banker Jim Neal opposes Mukasey nomination, state Sen. Kay Hagan says she's not sure. 

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