BREAKING: Obama to hand over drone documents ahead of Brennan hearing
February 6th, 2013
07:53 PM ET
9 years ago

BREAKING: Obama to hand over drone documents ahead of Brennan hearing

Washington (CNN) - Amid new controversy over his administration's targeted killing of American citizens, President Barack Obama has yielded to demands from Congress to turn over to them classified Justice Department legal advice justifying the policy.

The president's move comes on the eve of confirmation hearings Thursday for his CIA director-nominee John Brennan, and complaints from senators - including several Democrats - about secrecy surrounding the drone policy.


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  1. Evergreen

    An american on foriegn soil plotting with our enemies to kill Americans and our allies has no rights. I think Bush labled them "Enemy Combatants."

    February 6, 2013 08:01 pm at 8:01 pm |
  2. RDH

    I just hope this is all the beginning of a start to sanity on the way we conduct our foreign policy

    February 6, 2013 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
  3. Free Man in the Republic of Texas

    Targeted killing of American citizens ???

    Targeted killing of American citizens ???

    Like clingers who have... have... Bibles, American flags, guns.

    Served with honor in the military,
    are Pro Life; and have listened to talk radio.

    Actually WORK for a living; could even be Tea Party members...

    Can't have "THEM" in "MY" kingdom !!!

    February 6, 2013 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  4. Gil

    When an American citizen leaves this country to align her/himself with a terrorist group and becomes an enemy of US I say get "em" he no longer loves the US so he should be rewarded with his demise!!!

    February 6, 2013 10:10 pm at 10:10 pm |
  5. don

    It would be hilarious to see some footage of democrats from the Bush era having their comments played in relation to how Bush executed the war on terror. See if any of them call Obama a war criminal

    February 6, 2013 10:37 pm at 10:37 pm |
  6. me

    not secrecy..he promised transparancy

    February 6, 2013 11:01 pm at 11:01 pm |
  7. bankrupt1

    Ban use of drone aircraft for assassination, bombing, and other offensive purposes.

    February 6, 2013 11:30 pm at 11:30 pm |
  8. bankrupt1

    I don't think the president should be able to kill us.

    February 6, 2013 11:31 pm at 11:31 pm |
  9. bankrupt1

    Is the new secy of interior a bankster that is going to sell off our natural resources to the oil cartels? no thanks.

    February 6, 2013 11:32 pm at 11:32 pm |
  10. Big Bird Johnson

    Fact #1: Obama is against waterboarding terrorists who are plotting to kill Americans.
    Fact #2: Obama is for the assassination of Americans without any required due process of law or evidence.

    February 7, 2013 04:38 am at 4:38 am |
  11. Marie MD

    We used to shoot American traitors. The drones do it now. So what?

    February 7, 2013 06:33 am at 6:33 am |
  12. Gurgyl

    If a guy who shakes hands with militants that is killed in and during military operation by sofesticated drowns–nothing wrong–be it An American or a Foreigner. We need to tighten immigration and Visa system, a lot of violators and deseases are coming into this nation. Put a stop and gain political points.

    February 7, 2013 06:38 am at 6:38 am |
  13. Namejanek

    What Obama is targeting Americans, I'm shocked ....

    February 7, 2013 06:46 am at 6:46 am |
  14. TommytheT

    Remember when Mr Obama went over seas and told the world he was sorry for all the torture undertaken by America and how he issued one of his first of many executive orders to close GITMO that year. He really is good at saying what people want to hear and than doing exactly what he wants regardless of what he says. And where is the outrage?

    February 7, 2013 07:22 am at 7:22 am |
  15. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    and complaints from senators – including several Democrats – about secrecy surrounding the drone policy.
    And yet no one complained about the secrecy and contradictory information surrounding the non-existent WMD's that placed us in an unnecessary war where thousands of Americans and Iraquis were unnecessarily killed, and billions of dollars that we could ill-afford to waste were unnecessarily spent.
    It'd be quite different if we were looking into those drones because we'd learned our lesson from Dubya's Reign of Terror, but we all know that that is NOT why these exigencies are being made.

    February 7, 2013 07:50 am at 7:50 am |
  16. Jacob sumary

    He done well

    February 7, 2013 08:17 am at 8:17 am |
  17. liberal disease

    tell us about all of the incocent people you have killed! e certainly couldn't shut you up when Bush was Prez.

    February 7, 2013 08:35 am at 8:35 am |
  18. Voter

    The Drone Program has been an outstanding success. End of discussion.

    February 7, 2013 09:18 am at 9:18 am |
  19. Rudy NYC

    While the Commander-In-Chief is the ultimate authority, the Congress is the ultimate power that grants that authority.

    February 7, 2013 09:56 am at 9:56 am |