Wed Feb 6, 2013, 08:46 PM
Hissyspit (45,760 posts)
AP Source: Lawmakers to Get Cassified Drone Info
Source: Associated Press
AP source: Lawmakers to get classified drone info
Story Updated: Feb 6, 2013
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama has directed the Justice Department to give Congress' intelligence committees access to classified information providing the legal rationale for drone strikes against American citizens working with al-Qaida abroad, a senior administration official said Wednesday.
Several lawmakers, led by Oregon's U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden, have pressed the White House for more information on how decisions are made to target U.S. citizens abroad follow the release this week of an unclassified "white paper" that the Justice Department sent key lawmakers last year. The unclassified memo says it is legal for the government to kill U.S. citizens abroad if it believes they are senior al-Qaida leaders continually engaged in operations aimed at killing Americans.
The official said Obama made the decision to send lawmakers the classified rationale on Wednesday as part of his "commitment to consult with Congress on national security matters." Obama directed the Justice Department provide the Senate and House intelligence committees access to classified advice from its Office of Legal Counsel that the white paper is based on, the official said.
Legal opinions produced by Justice's legal counsel's office are interpretations of federal law that are binding on all executive branch agencies.
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Earlier Wednesday, White House spokesman Jay Carney said Obama was engaged in an internal process deliberation to determine how to balance the nation's security needs with its values. He said Obama was committed to providing more information to Congress, even as he refused to acknowledge whether the drone memo even existed.
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Wed Feb 6, 2013, 08:54 PM
DonCoquixote (11,296 posts)
2. sadly needed
Yes, I know the GOP will abuse it,
Yes, I know that the "american citizens" that support people who do not believe in the Bill of rights (Xtian and Ben ladinist types) will abuse it
but it is needed...because the constitution has to get some respect back..
Response to DonCoquixote (Reply #2)
Wed Feb 6, 2013, 10:50 PM
Purveyor (29,432 posts)
4. Well I just walked into my kitchen and my radio is still on from listening to a Michigan State
Now on is the pathetic 'Mark Levin'...
Guess who is all for the Obama Admin 'Drone' policy? Yep, it is he.
Tells you all you need to know.
"Beam me the fuck up Scotty...asap".