Thursday, February 13, 2014

drone oversight kept limited

It's discouraging to read that an effort to have a comprehensive review of U.S. drone operations by Congress has been thwarted. According to the Los Angeles Times, Senator Carl Levin [D-Mich.] wanted a combined intelligence/armed services panel to hear about both CIA- and DOD-run drone operations. But the White House refused to grant clearances for the defense committee members, presumably supported by the intelligence committees jealous of their turf.

Congress can't fashion a drone policy, or even oversee what goes on now, if these jurisdictional stovepipes are kept so rigidly separate.

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