The Obama administration is tired of talking about their policy (or non-policy) of drone strikes on American citizens. I think it makes them a tad bit uncomfortable. They’d like it very much if people would just leave them alone about it and let them operate secretly in the comfort and privacy of their own drone command centers.
“This is not an open-ended process. This is a specific and unique accommodation in this circumstance. The fact is, when it comes to public disclosure, we have been — not with the kind of attention that’s been given it this week — but we have been publicly discussing these matters at the highest levels of government for the very reason that I’ve given, which is the President understands that these are core issues about how we conduct ourselves in war, how the President of the United States — any President — balances his constitutional obligation to protect America and American citizens, and his obligation to do so in a manner that is lawful under the Constitution and reflects our values.
“The President takes these issues very seriously, and he believes that the conversation about this is valid and that the questions about it are legitimate. And that’s why he has been leading this process internally to — as has John Brennan, by the way — to provide public information as much as possible, mindful of the fact that we are talking about here very sensitive matters, and that these kinds of things — they’re classification — information is classified for very legitimate reasons that go right to our national security interest.
“But within that, there is an effort underway to provide Congress information — those who have oversight over these matters — classified information as well as unclassified with the white paper and the public information as much as possible.”
The Daily Caller pointed out that Carney’s announcement came shortly after Obama’s instruction to the Justice Department to provide Congressional intelligence committees with “classified legal advice providing the government’s rationale for drone strikes against American citizens working with al-Qaeda abroad…”
Let’s not make the mistake in thinking that as unjust as this drone policy is, it’s only going to be limited to those American citizens working with Al Qaeda.
If they can bomb an American citizen who they claim is working with the enemy, they can bomb an American citizen who they claim is a domestic terrorist. They won’t need any evidence, and they won’t need to try and convict the person, as long as the President and his “intelligence” team are sure that the person is a threat to national security. No wonder they don’t want to talk about it anymore.