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McCollum wants to end CIA drone war

by The Big E on June 12, 2013 · 1 comment

220px-Betty_McCollum_Official_Photo_2009Rep. Betty McCollum (DFL-MN) proposed a novel amendment to the defense appropriations bill that would probably go a long way to improving America’s reputation around the world. She proposes ending the CIA’s drone program.
If there is one thing inflaming Muslim anger across the globe, it’s the indiscriminate US drone strikes that take out terrorists and hundreds of innocent men, women and children who happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. The CIA often doesn’t know for sure if they’re bombing an actual terrorist or a “terrorist profile” (see link at bottom for details). And there is no oversight of their bombing campaign.
“It is no surprise the White House opposes this amendment,” McCollumn explained. “The executive branch wants to maintain its CIA drone program and its target list without congressional oversight, without transparency or accountability. Right now the CIA is running an assassination program and the world is watching. Soon China, Russia and Iran will have the same capability and will use the CIA’s standard of killing anyone profiled as an enemy.”
Unsurprisingly, Republicans and the White House blocked her amendment from getting a vote.
McCollum wanted to sole responsibility for drone strikes to be the Department of Defense.
McCollum asserts that as many as 770 civilians, 200 of them children, have been killed in the decade-long drone war conducted by the CIA.
Here’s an in-depth NBC article about the CIA drone war.

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