It looks like Brennan's drone memos are being released ahead of his confirmation hearing, in response to growing concern over his role in the drone program, and support for torture during the Bush Admin.
It's been reported that part of Obama's assassination program has been running from a drone base in Saudi Arabia:
BBC News - CIA operating drone base in Saudi Arabia, US media revealThe facility was established to hunt for members of al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, which is based in Yemen.
A drone flown from there was used in September 2011 to kill Anwar al-Awlaki, a US-born cleric who was alleged to be AQAP's external operations chief.
US media have known of its existence since then, but have not reported it.
Senior government officials had said they were concerned that disclosure would undermine operations against AQAP, as well as potentially damage counter-terrorism collaboration with Saudi Arabia....
...The Washington Post reported that President Barack Obama's counter-terrorism adviser, John Brennan, a former CIA station chief in Saudi Arabia, played a key role in negotiations with the government in Riyadh over building the drone base.
Senators are expected to ask Mr Brennan about drone strikes, the memo and the killing of Awlaki when he faces a confirmation hearing on his nomination to become the new CIA director on Thursday.
FAIR has recalled a 2007 interview with Brennan, and his support for torture:
Brennan's Support for Torture Is Not an 'Accusation'That Brennan was a supporter of torture is not a claim or an accusation, though–it's a matter of public record. As we pointed out after Brennan's name was withdrawn in 2009, here's what he had to say to CBS News in 2007 (Early Show, 11/2/07):
The CIA has acknowledged that it has detained about 100 terrorists since 9/11, and about a third of them have been subjected to what the CIA refers to as enhanced interrogation tactics, and only a small proportion of those have in fact been subjected to the most serious types of enhanced procedures…. There have been a lot of information that has come out from these interrogation procedures that the agency has in fact used against the real hard-core terrorists. It has saved lives. And let's not forget, these are hardened terrorists who have been responsible for 9/11, who have shown no remorse at all for the deaths of 3,000 innocents.
If the words "support" and "torture" have any meaning, then Brennan is supporting torture there. This is another example of how in order to be an "objective" reporter, you have to deny that there's any such thing as objective reality.
Since the torture criteria carried over to the assassination criteria in the drone program, it's logical to have concern about the next door to be opened in future administrations.