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At John Brennan's C.I.A. Confirmation Hearing

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On Thursday, members of the Senate Intelligence Committee didn't always ask the right questions and the nominee's answers were frequently unsatisfying. He defended the administration's counterterrorism policies, including targeted killings -- like that of an American citizen, Anwar al-Awlaki -- since he was an architect of that policy. We do not buy the administration's claim to have the authority to kill Americans, and other suspects, far beyond any battlefield with no oversight and no review. Brennan's assertions that the government only resorts to lethal force when "there is no other alternative" is at odds with reports of vastly increased drone strikes.

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