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-- mixed reaction on president Obama's major counter terrorism speech that came yesterday in which he defended the droning of terror suspects overseas.
But also vowed to remove some secrecy from the drone program.
Not only did congress authorized the use of force.
It is briefed on every strike that America takes.
Every -- That includes one instance where we target.
A targeted an American citizen this week I authorized to be classification of this action.
And the deaths of three other Americans in drone strikes.
To facilitate transparency.
And debate on this issue.
The targeted citizen about whom we spoke was the radical cleric Anwar Al blocking who investigators linked to a series of terror plots including a foiled Christmas Day underwear bombing.
But Republicans including the Georgia senator Saxby Chambliss.
Congress knew exactly what was going on with respect to.
The target thing -- -- -- And that's the type of transparency and that I think is appropriate.
But to -- open the books so to speak on the drone program I think does not make America safer place from which to -- President Obama also introduced new steps to close the controversial prison at Guantanamo Bay.
Many democratic lawmakers say they -- on board with selecting a site inside the United States to conduct military trials.
Let's get to Chris Wallace now the host of FOX News Sunday -- live in Washington.
You know everybody oh yeah -- for this until you try to put them in.
In a facility in that particular congressman state and I and I wonder how they would react upon that news.
They wouldn't like it and that's one of the reasons that Guantanamo for years after the president came into office and sign that executive water in his first day asked president.
-- Guantanamo is still open you know the problem isn't going to be the 86.
Detainees at the Pentagon has said can be transferred a lot of those will be transferred over time.
To their home countries the problem is particularly the ones -- that the president -- Are we don't have the information we don't have the hard evidence to try them and we don't on the other hand think that they are safe enough to be able to release.
And those people are gonna need -- indefinite detention and those are you know the worst of the worst.
And you're exactly right if they said they -- gonna go into your neighborhood or my neighborhood or anybody else's.
Nobody would want -- there even if they -- -- super Max prison with no chance of the state.
So that they're still going to be a big fight in congress and my guess is the president has an uphill fight.
To try to get Guantanamo closed at least for but the smaller select group of people.
I -- it's in the president's speech yesterday bigger picture on on what we call here the war on terror and he.
And he said at the time look that this war has to end at the New York Times and its editorial they praised him.
Others not so much.
You know the best description now that I've heard shaft was summons said -- -- he was lying out an exit strategy for the war on terror.
It's not gonna and right away and the president made it very clear we're gonna continue to -- our enemies would jump drone strikes we're gonna continue to try to capture them and put them somewhere.
But but his feeling is that the that the nature and the threat and the size of the rat.
Has changed and is he's -- he believes it's closer to pre 9/11.
That it is to the couple of years immediately thereafter.
And and and I think he wants to leave a different landscape.
When he leaves office three years from now for his successor that he inherited -- and how we interrogate how we strike all the different.
Sort of a weapons that are -- the president's disposal evenly authorization of the use of military force that was set up in.
Twenty to -- in -- 2001.
Right after 9/11 that authorized the use of this all out for us and -- in the global war on terror he would like to see that restrained refined and eventually repealed.
So that the next president doesn't have that kind of all powerful.
Authority to go after anybody and anyone he wants a permanent war footing as he -- it's it's it's an untenable.
-- -- -- -- Well yeah that's what he says but -- -- plenty of people out there -- Saxby Chambliss is one of them.
Who say you know it -- on a permanent war flooding until our.
Is declared defeat and they have far far from -- not known fact.
While al-Qaeda central in Pakistan has gone he has still got al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula you've got al-Qaeda.
In northern Africa Ansar Al Sharia which attacked and killed our diplomats.
In Bangkok -- so it's not like the threat is gone away it may have shifted it may be smaller.
But it's still there and Chris Wallace the host of Fox News -- -- -- big show coming up this Sunday he'll get reaction to president Obama's counterterrorism speech from the Illinois democratic senator Dick Durbin.
And the south Carolina Republican senator Lindsey Graham.
Plus the former Kansas senator and -- GOP presidential candidate Bob Dole will join Chris to talk about his legacy.
That's this weekend on FOX News Sunday check your local listings.
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