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Former White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs revealed over the weekend he was initially instructed to deny the existence of the Obama administration’s targeted killing program overseas. Even though the administration has since backed down from that stance, it continues to stonewall members of Congress on releasing the Justice Department memos explaining the program’s legal rationale.
The administration’s position was initially that they couldn’t even acknowledge that there was in fact a targeted killing program. Now their position has shifted slightly, and they’re saying that they can’t acknowledge that the CIA has a role in the targeted killing program.
But that kind of argument is really—should be—beneath our—beneath our system. But it’s certainly true that the Obama administration has continued many of the Bush administration’s most controversial and problematic national security policies and, in some instances, expanded those policies.
"We’re talking about someone eating at a cafe in Boston or in New York, and a Hellfire missile comes raining in on them. There should be an easy answer from the administration on this. They should say, "Absolutely no, we will not kill Americans in America without an accusation, a trial and a jury."
Sen. Rand Paul
Ted Rudow III, MA