By Carlo Muñoz - 02/08/13 12:44 PM EST
White House counterterrorism chief John Brennan gave a forceful defense of the drone program, which a Department of Justice white paper this week said was legal even when used to kill U.S. citizens who are suspected of terrorism.
Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), the leading critic in Congress of the drone program, asked Brennan a series of tough questions on the lack of information on the program, and its legality.
"[Don’t Americans] have the right to know when their government has the right to kill them?" Wyden asked.
In response, Brennan gave a careful defense of the program but also pledged that under his direction, the CIA would be as open and transparent as possible about the use of armed drones.
He said the government should tell its citizens when drones are used to take out suspected terrorists on foreign soil. "As far as I am concerned ... the U.S. should [publicly] acknowledge it," he said.
Read more on The Hill's DEFCON Hill blog.