Senator To Question Obama’s CIA Pick On America’s Drone Killings Policy

We may finally get specifics on Obama’s special “matrix” which tells when to assassinate U.S. citizens by drone without due process. Via Wired:

The man in charge of America’s drone wars will face Senate questioning about perhaps their most controversial aspect: when the president can target American citizens for death.

Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) sent a letter on Monday to John Brennan, the White House’s counterterrorism adviser and nominee to be head of the CIA, asking for an outline of the legal and practical rules that underpin the U.S. government’s targeted killing of American citizens suspected of working with al-Qaida. The Obama administration has repeatedly resisted disclosing any such information about its so-called “disposition matrix” targeting terrorists, especially where it concerns possible American targets. Brennan reportedly oversees that matrix from his White House perch, and would be responsible for its execution at CIA director.

“How much evidence does the President need to determine that a particular American can be lawfully killed?” Wyden, a member of the Senate intelligence committee, asks in the letter. “Does the President have to provide individual Americans with the opportunity to surrender before killing them?”

Wyden wants to know how the administration determines when it is “not feasible” to capture American citizens suspected of terrorism; if the administration considers its authority to order such killings inherent in its Constitutional war powers or embedded in the 2001 Authorization to Use Military Force; and if the intelligence agencies can “carry out lethal operations inside the United States.”

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  • Liam_McGonagle

    Guess you shouldn’t have “liked” that Bill Hicks fanpage on FB, muthaf*cka. Kiss your *ss goodbye.

  • “Big” Richard Johnson

    Oh shit. This guy lives near me. I hope whatever drone sent for him doesn’t miss him and hit me.

  • BuzzCoastin

    if you’ve read
    Legacy of Ashes The History of the CIA by Tim Weiner
    then you know already
    that only the most dull witted & perverse make it to the top of the CIA

    like Obama
    the CIA is a drone operated by a programer for the elites

  • Hermione333

    I still do not get why killing without due process seems only disturbing when it’s US citizens. Are Americans superior human beings??! of course not. So why not talk about killing HUMAN BEINGS without due process, or since we are at it , KILLING HUMAN BEINGS AT ALL?

  • 5by5

    His support and participation in torture should AUTOMATICALLY exclude him from government ENTIRELY, if not lead directly to his own incarceration. Fascist fucks like this who have no respect or HONOR are what make the CIA crap.

  • 5by5

    Honestly, I’d happily spy for this country if I thought it would protect us, but if I had to associate with toe jam like this on MY OWN TEAM? Forget about it.