House Democrats Want To See Legal Basis For Drone Strikes
First, on March 6, 2013, Tea Party Senator Rand Paul filibustered the confirmation of John Brennan for the director ofthe CIA.
A few days later (March 11, 2013), a small group of progressive Democrats around Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA) are calling out President Obama on the issue of drone strikes.
They demand to be provided with a full legal basis for drone strikes, rejecting the notion that it is acceptable to sentence to death American citizens based on secret law.
According to Raw Story, these representatives are especially concerned about US drone policy in regards to the following points:
- no geographical boundaries
- secrecy about who approves kill lists
- a vague definition of ‘imminent threat’ to justify drone strikes
“The Civilian Impact of Drone Strikes: Unexamined Costs, Unanswered Questions.” – A report by the Center for Civilians In Conflict at Columbia Law School. The page also links to various press articles based on the report.