Are transparency and accountability important values in the fight against terrorism?

The Obama administration’s use of drones to kill terror suspects has attracted harsh criticism in recent days and contributed to the controversy around the nomination of John Brennan to head the CIA. Some in government are calling for more transparency and accountability – for example, by subjecting drone strikes to a legal review process, or by shifting responsibility for them from the CIA to the military. Today’s Question: Are transparency and accountability important values in the fight against terrorism?