‘On Monday, White House counterterrorism adviser John Brennan publicly addressed the U.S. use of drone strikes against suspected terrorists in countries with which the United States is not at war, like Yemen and Pakistan. The fact that Brennan publicly addressed the drone strikes is a significant improvement, long overdue. We can’t say we have meaningful democratic oversight over government policy if government officials refuse to talk about government policy in public – enabling us to challenge what they say – and it’s preposterous to claim that the drone strikes are “secret” when they are openly reported in the media.
But John Brennan didn’t tell the whole truth about the drone strikes. Brennan claimed that “the United States government conducts targeted strikes against specific al-Qaeda terrorists,” but Brennan didn’t admit that the U.S. has launched drone strikes in Pakistan and Yemen against people who are not known to be on any list of “suspected terrorists,” without knowing who would be killed.’