What is the future of the US drone program?
Catherine Herridge reports
- Duration 2:38
- Date Jan 22, 2013
Catherine Herridge reports
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What to do with another kind of -- is really the question being considered at the highest levels of power here in the US.
Tonight chief intelligence correspondent Catherine Herridge takes a look.
At where the US drone program is gone.
During his inaugural address President Obama promised to uphold the rule of law and he emphasized that America's longest war was coming to an end we.
Still believe it that indoor and security and lasting peace do not require a perpetual war.
But critics including the American Civil Liberties Union say the president's public promises conflict with his administration's private crafting of a manual which attempts to set clear standards.
For the use of drones and targeted killing mission.
-- here you have a secret playbook.
The secret set of rules.
On how the president himself is gonna make decisions.
On who to kill and who lives and who -- including United States citizens.
And then you have -- you have a complete exception.
For the CIA's use of drones in.
In Pakistan so how is that not endless war and how is that is that compliance with the rule of law.
Today at the white has -- spokesman Jay Carney was pushed to explain the apparent contradiction we need to do.
Everything we can't keep Americans.
And America safe.
Well as our allies and we need to do it in ways that are consistent with our values and -- we've been briefed on these -- -- we've been briefed on when the drugs when used.
There's no roll -- strategy there there there are no guidelines there.
They -- chairman of the house homeland security committee Mike McCall says these videos stills are more evidence al-Qaeda in North Africa is in possession of weapons from Libya.
Earlier US intelligence officials said they were working to verify that Libyan weapons were used in the Algerian hostage crisis.
-- calls says he expects the drone program to expand.
If we wind down in Afghanistan and Pakistan.
But some of the so technology and special forces and we have some of the drones should be redirected to -- -- -- -- front.
None of the CI AEA Norris spokesman for the National Security Council provided immediate comment on the administration's counterterrorism manual.
-- very basic talk concept of the rule of law is that people know what the rules are.
And it and having a secret playbook means you're not comply with the rules -- you there is no rule what people don't even know the rules are.
Did the former Director of National Intelligence admiral Dennis Blair urged the White House to get the Pentagon the lion's share control for the drone program and to minimize CIA involvement right.
You can imagine Secretary Clinton will be asked about this expansion in northern Africa tomorrow certainly -- Catherine thank you.