With Control of Drone Strikes, Is Counterterror Chief John Brennan the “Assassination Czar”?


President Obama’s counterterrorism chief John Brennan, and newly appointed CIA Director, is heading up a new team to determine who should be targeted by armed U.S. drones overseas. The newly revealed procedure for drone attacks means Brennan’s staff consults the Pentagon, the State Department and other agencies before ultimately deciding who will be targeted. One official said there is growing concern over “how easy it has become to kill someone” under the administration’s drone strike policy. We speak with investigative blogger Marcy Wheeler of the website “Empty Wheel.”

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