March 25, 2013
A White House plan to make the administration’s armed drone program the sole domain of the Pentagon is creating concern among congressional lawmakers.
Senate Intelligence Committee Chairwoman Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) last week said lawmakers have closely monitored the intelligence community’s management of the drone program. She expressed confidence with the CIA’s handling of drone attacks, and questioned if the Defense Department (DOD) would exercise the same restraint with the controversial program.
“We’ve watched the intelligence aspect of the drone program, how they function, the quality of the intelligence, watching the agency exercise patience and discretion,” Feinstein told reporters on Capitol Hill this week.
“The military [armed drone] program has not done that nearly as well,” she said Tuesday, according to Defense News.