U.S. Lawmakers: CIA Should Keep Armed UAVs


defensenews.com
April 2, 2013

Pro-military lawmakers and U.S. analysts want the White House to resist shifting the CIA’s armed unmanned aircraft program to the Pentagon, citing operational and legal reasons to keep the spy agency in the targeted-killing business.

The Obama administration is mulling whether placing the U.S. military in charge of all aerial drone strikes — largely run by the CIA in the post-9/11 era — would allay intensifying legal concerns while increasing congressional and public scrutiny of the program.

On Capitol Hill, lawmakers with national security credentials say they have major concerns about placing what has become America’s top covert tool in the fight against al-Qaida in the hands of the military.

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