WASHINGTON (AP) — CIA nominee John Brennan is defending lethal drone strikes used against al-Qaida suspects in places like Yemen and Pakistan — and promising to explain more to the public about the choosing of targets, including American citizens.
Brennan told senators at his Senate confirmation hearing Thursday that such strikes are used only as a last resort against suspects believed to be plotting against Americans.
The White House allowed a select group of lawmakers to view a top-secret memo outlining its drone policy early Thursday.
Brennan says he wants to explain more to the American people about "the thresholds, procedures" and the "discipline" employed in choosing targets.
He says he believes the U.S. should acknowledge, at home and abroad, if a drone strike kills the wrong person.