Lawmakers demanding answers about targeted drone killings
Catherine Herridge reports
- Duration 2:43
- Date Feb 5, 2013
Catherine Herridge reports
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Wrongdoing well we are now getting a peek behind the curtain into the Obama administration's justification.
For targeting and killing American citizens that it suspects of terrorism.
It comes as one of the faces of the drone program prepares for his confirmation hearing to the top spot at the CIA.
Chief intelligence correspondent Catherine Herridge tells us tonight some lawmakers are demanding answers.
The white house Press Secretary was peppered with questions about the president's authority to target US citizens for death these strikes -- Oh they're ethical and no -- -- both declared this is giving the legal justification.
For killing American citizens without any trial we get over when you tell you yeah I -- when -- -- media gamble.
This letter signed by eight Democrats and three Republicans urges mr.
Obama to produce the secret legal memos that authorized the use of drones in the targeted killing program so -- quote.
Congress and the public can decide whether the president's power to deliberately kill American citizens.
Is subject to appropriate limitations and safeguards.
Republican senator Susan Collins who signed the letter says fundamental principles are at stake.
-- what's the Obama administration that released all of these opinions from.
The office of legal counsel.
About -- bush administration's.
Treatment of detainees so wide that different standard.
First reported by NBC news -- draft memo argues Americans such as the clear on more all -- the first American targeted for death by the CIA are lawful.
Because of their leadership within al-Qaeda among other fact.
-- our primary concern just keep the American people safe but to do so -- in a way that's consistent with our laws.
And consistent with our our values.
When pushed to explain how an American can be deemed an imminent threat when there is no evidence of a plot spokesman Jay Carney kept preaching for the same explanation.
We conduct those strikes because they are necessary to mitigate ongoing actual threats the ACLU a traditional supporter of mr.
Obama says there is a disconnect.
There's no court.
-- in the United States or anywhere around the world that would accept this view -- -- president one person can decide.
How how went to kill their own citizens without any checks or balances.
It's the senators' -- is the most forceful warning today that lawmakers makes dollar even block mr.
Obama's nominee to run the CIA White House counterterrorism advisor John Brennan.
Whose confirmation hearing is scheduled for Thursday.
Brendan is described as the architect or face of the drone campaigns expansion.
Under President Obama -- is going to be tough for him there's a very tough on Thursday because it's Republicans and Democrats on multiple fronts Catherine Herridge thank you.