Drones

11:21am

Wed February 13, 2013
The Two-Way

From Desmond Tutu, A Scathing Rebuke Of U.S. Drone Program

Originally published on Wed February 13, 2013 1:28 pm

Archbishop Desmond Tutu.
Daniel Berehulak Getty Images

10:40am

Wed February 13, 2013
The Two-Way

Sen. Feinstein Says Intelligence Committee Reviews Drone Attacks

Originally published on Wed February 13, 2013 1:24 pm

When President Obama used his State of the Union address to affirm "we have kept Congress fully informed of our efforts" to target terrorism suspects overseas, national security experts wondered exactly who on Capitol Hill got the scoop about secretive U.S. drone strikes.

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7:09am

Wed February 13, 2013
The Two-Way

President Pledges Transparency On Drone Strikes

Originally published on Wed February 13, 2013 11:22 am

A protest against drone strikes outside the Dirksen Senate Office Building in Washington last week.
Jewel Samad AFP/Getty Images

In an apparent reference to U.S. drone strikes, President Obama in his State of the Union speech defended the administration's continued use of "direct action" against terrorists and promised to work with Congress to ensure such targeting is lawful and transparent.

The president said that "where necessary, through a range of capabilities, we will continue to take direct action against those terrorists who pose the gravest threat to Americans."

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9:56am

Tue February 12, 2013
The Two-Way

Cheney Likes Something Obama's Doing: Drone Strikes

Originally published on Tue February 12, 2013 11:08 am

Former Vice President Dick Cheney in October 2011.
Brendan Hoffman Getty Images

"I think it's a good program and I don't disagree with the basic policy that the Obama administration has pursued."

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11:21am

Fri February 8, 2013
It's All Politics

Death By Drone, And The Sliding Scale Of Presidential Power

Originally published on Fri February 8, 2013 12:00 pm

An unmanned drone armed with Hellfire missiles is shown over southern Afghanistan. A Hellfire missile fired from a drone was used in 2011 to kill an American in Yemen who the Obama administration says was an al-Qaida leader. Another American died in that attack, and a 16-year-old American was killed in a separate drone strike.
Lt. Col. Leslie Pratt AP

The controversy over President Obama's targeted-killings-by-drone policy is a reminder that the default position of presidents in times of crisis is generally to side with national security over civil liberties.

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