On Thursday at 2:30 PM, Homeland Security Advisor John Brennan will testify before the Senate Armed Services Committee, which will vote on whether to send his nomination as director of central intelligence to the Senate floor for consideration. Brennan's appearance before the committee comes during the same week aleaked white paper from the Department of Justice was released by NBC News. That memo, which concerns the Obama administration's justification for targeting senior officials of Al-Qaeda and "associated forces," has stirred a fair amount of controversy.
Predator drone strikes have been the preferred choice of the Obama administration when it comes to attacking individuals that it has deemed national security threats. As Obama's chief counter-terrorism adviser, Brennan is widely regarded as the primary architect of the administration's drone program, which is run by the CIA.