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Brennan speech is first Obama acknowledgment of use of armed drones

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The Obama administration formally acknowledged for the first time Monday its use of drone strikes against terrorism suspects, lifting but not removing the shroud of secrecy that surrounds the nation's expanding use of targeted killing operations overseas. However, House counterterrorism adviser John O. Brennan did not disclose how many people have been killed, list all the locations where armed drones are being flown or mention the administration's increasing reliance on "signature" strikes, which allow the CIA to fire missiles even when it doesn't know the identities of those who could be killed.

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