Trump gives CIA power to conduct drone strikes
Mar 14, Washington: US President Donald Trump has reportedly given the Central Intelligence Agency the power to conduct drone strikes against suspected terrorists, according to an unnamed US official who claimed that President Trump expanded the power to conduct drone strikes from the Pentagon exclusively to the CIA.
The US official also told Wall Street Journal, the CIA would not require permission from the Pentagon or even the White House before launching a drone strike for a targeted killing mission.The move has not been confirmed by the Trump administration.
The Pentagon and CIA worked in tandem on drone strikes during the Obama years. The CIA would use drones and other intelligence tools to locate suspected terrorists and the military would carry out the strike. This combination allowed for greater transparency as the Pentagon was obligated to report most airstrikes. However, the CIA is not held to such standards and some are concerned that allowing the agency to commit strikes of its own could make it a covert military force.
“The CIA should be a foreign intelligence gathering and analysis organization—not a paramilitary one,” Christopher Anders, deputy director of the Washington office of the American Civil Liberties Union told the Wall Street Journal.
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