Rivers of Hope

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Lawmakers on the House Judiciary Committee – Republicans and Democrats alike – expressed concern on Wednesday about U.S. drone strikes against American citizens and President Barack Obama’s secrecy in laying out the legal justifications.

The public congressional hearing on “drone-kill policy” was noteworthy: government officials refrained for years from even uttering the word “drone” when talking about the use of armed, pilotless aircraft because such operations were classified.

But in the past year, the White House has sought more publicly to present its justifications for drone strikes, through comments by officials like Obama counterterrorism adviser John Brennan, who has been nominated to become CIA director.

Separately on Wednesday, administration officials, in an effort to speed Brennan’s nomination, briefed Senate Intelligence Committee members on the contents of…

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