C I A – Criminals In Action!
- Published on Jan 16, 2014
A US drone strike in Yemen has taken the life of another civilian, according to Reuters. This latest death, a month after a drone killed 15 members of a Yemeni wedding convoy, comes just as the US Congress is debating a spending bill that contains hidden details of the future of the US drone program. A secret provision in the $1.1 trillion, 1,500-page spending bill passed by the House on Wednesday keeps lethal counterterrorism operations under the umbrella of the CIA, instead of shifting control to the Pentagon, which would provide more transparency. RT’s Ameera David sits down with Naureen Shah, an advocacy advisor for Amnesty USA, to talk about the implications of keeping the US drone program under the purview of the CIA.
- Secret amendment in Congress keeps CIA in charge of deadly drone strikes!
President Barack Obama said last May that control of the United States’ weaponized drone program would shift away from the Central Intelligence Agency and into the hands of the Pentagon, but a new report suggests Congress could keep that from happening.
According to a front-page article on this Thursday’s edition of the Washington Post, members of the US House and Senate appropriations committee have in total secrecy been spearheading efforts to ensure that a classified provision pertaining to America’s drone war is included in the latest government spending bill. Should those lawmakers be successful in their attempt, Pres. Obama’s stated intentions with regards to America’s controversial drone program could effectively be quashed and control over an arsenal of robotic killing machines would stay within the CIA’s jurisdictions.
Greg Miller, an intelligence reporter for the Post, wrote that the provision is buried within a classified annex included in the contents of a $1.1 trillion funding bill unveiled late Monday in Congress that would divvy up spending among federal programs across the board. Now according to Miller’s sources, a secret provision would stall Pres. Obama’s attempts to overhaul America’s use of weaponized drones to fight suspected terrorists overseas.
Miller wrote that Monday’s bill does not touch on any changes to the drone program in its publically available contents, though one section that explains spending for the Pentagon notes: “adjustments to classified programs are addressed in the accompanying classified annex.”
Spokespeople for the White House, the CIA and the Pentagon all declined to comment to the Post, Miller wrote, but sources speaking on condition of anonymity confirmed to the paper that the measure would restrict the use of any federal monies towards transferring control over the drone program to the Department of Defense.
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