Key Obama ally calls for more transparency on drones

There are few more valuable allies to President Obama outside the White House than the Center for American Progress (CAP) and its chairman, John Podesta, who was Bill Clinton’s former chief of staff and led Obama’s transition team in 2008. I used to work at CAP — it’s a great organization that fights for progressive values, but does so in a pragmatic way that generally involves sticking closely to the White House. So it’s notable that Podesta has taken to the Washington Post op-ed page to break with Obama and call on the administration to release more information about its drone program:[T]he White House is still bobbing and weaving on whether to share with Congress the legal opinions and memorandums governing targeted killing, which include the legal justification for killing U.S. citizens without trial. The Obama administration is wrong to withhold these documents from Congress and the American people. I say this as a former White House chief of staff who understands the instinct to keep sensitive information secret and out of public view. It is beyond dispute that some information must be closely held to protect national security and to engage in effective diplomacy, and that unauthorized disclosure can be extraordinarily harmful. But protecting technical means, human sources, operational details and intelligence methods cannot be an excuse for creating secret law to guide our institutions.Continue Reading…

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Key Obama ally calls for more transparency on drones

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