President Barack Obama’s national security adviser and nominee to serve as Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) director defended the Obama administration’s secretive drone assassination program this past weekend on the Sunday morning news shows.
John Brennan, who currently oversees the unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) program at the Obama White House, was faced with questions from lawmakers from both political parties during the confirmation hearing before the Senate Intelligence Committee.
Brennan conceded that there continues to be intense debate over the Obama administration’s counter-terrorism efforts. But he claimed President Obama only used drone strikes as a preventative tool against imminent terrorist threats, not as a method of execution for past acts.
“It’s a carryover from the Bush administration that had been using drones over the Waziristan in the northern territories of Pakistan, of course, and in Afghanistan,” said former Maj. General Paul Vallely, who also chairs Standup America. “These targeted killings to me are not just a tool. But the law, and what they’re passing to strike Americans anywhere is what’s in question. We won’t allow…