Congress Uses Sneak Attack to Keep Drone Strikes Under CIA Control
The plot thickens. Well, not a plot like some conspiracy, but the politics of drone strikes and who is in charge of them, who decides who is in charge is very much thicker than we might have thought.
An effort by President Obama to transfer America’s lethal, highly-classified drone program from the CIA to the Pentagon appears to have been thwarted by lawmakers wielding a secret weapon of their own.
The Washington Post reported Wednesday that members of Congress inserted a provision in a classified annex to the $1.1 trillion government spending bill introduced this week that would restrict funding or authorization to transfer from one to the other.
The move is an unusual one for Congress and the debate over it will be closed to a small circle because of the classified nature of the addendum.
President Obama, under considerable pressure from the left over the program’s civilian deaths and potential violations of international law, has for some time sought a way to distance himself from the controversial program that has come to be seen has his signature foreign policy and national security tool.