The Senate Intelligence Committee will receive a classified document Thursday that seeks to justify the administration’s policy of targeting Americans overseas via drone attacks, chairwoman Dianne Feinstein said. [CNN]
GETTING IN President Obama’s face over the John Brennan confirmation, whose hearing is today and should be intense, Democratic Senator Ron Wyden compared Obama’s drone policy for targeted assassinations to George W. Bush’s enhanced interrogations. The subject that’s concentrated everyone’s attention since NBC’s exclusive document on Obama’s drone policy was reported.
“That is wrong. It’s unacceptable. And what it means [is] that all the speeches given buy the executive branch with respect to transparency and accountability really don’t mean much,” – Senator Ron Wyden
From Roll Call yesterday:
Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., had stern words for the White House and its nominee to take over the CIA on Wednesday, threatening to “pull out all the stops” in his effort to get legal analysis for targeted killings of U.S. citizens suspected of being terrorists.
“I want it understood that because this is such a central [issue], you have an individual with enormous influence who is really the architect of the counterterror policy in the Obama administration that I am going to pull out all the stops to get the actual legal analysis because with out it, in effect, the administration is practicing secret law,” said Wyden, a member of the Senate Intelligence Committee.
Wyden spoke to reporters during the Democratic meeting in Annapolis, Maryland, the statement above not at all subtle an inference to John Brennan. After this statement, the White House finally agreed to release a single classified document, late on Wednesday.
“This is an encouraging first step,” Wyden told the Associated Press. “There is now an opportunity to build on it.” [Politico]