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NY Times now stands with Rand, sort of


The New York Times referred to Senate Republicans' stalling several confirmations of President Obama's cabinet nominees this year as "malicious obstruction." One of the drawn out nominations was that of now-C.I.A. Director John Brennan, who was famously filibustered by Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.). Paul cited a lack of transparency in the Obama administration's drone strike policy as his reason.

Editors at the Times have been mildly critical of the drone strike program in the past but are now all in with Paul, if not by name...

From a Monday editorial (emphasis added):

The issue came to a head when Mr. Obama named John Brennan, who created his drone policy as chief counterterrorism adviser, to be C.I.A. director and critics raised legal, moral and practical objections. Among the complaints: an American citizen, Anwar al-Awlaki, was killed in Yemen in 2011 without due process; too many civilians have become collateral damage; and drone strikes are increasingly projecting a harmful, violent image of American foreign policy.  ...

Mr. Obama has promised to break down the wall of secrecy and work with Congress to create a lasting legal framework for drone strikes. It is essential that the administration not drag its feet so it can maintain maximum authority with minimum oversight. Among the proposals it should consider is some form of judicial review, like the special court that approves wiretaps for intelligence gathering, before it kills American citizens.


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