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Under Obama, an emerging global apparatus for drone killing – Washington Post

On December 27, 2011, the Washington Post featured an article that analyzed the Obama Administration's extensive use of drones to carry out targeted killings and stealth surveillance.  The article notes that "no president has ever relied so extensively on the secret killing of individuals to advance the nation's security goals."

Moreover, the article discusses the controversial nature of the drone program, specifically the "blurred" boundaries between the CIA and the military.  According to the Washington Post,

"Lethal operation are increasingly assembled a la carte, piecing together personnel and equipment in ways that allow the White House to toggle between separate legal authorities that govern the use of lethal force."

Additionally, the article notes that the "convergence" of military and intelligence resources has created "blind spots" in congressional oversight.  Therefore, "no committee has a complete, unobstructed view" of the drones program.  Yet while the article points to the high level of scrutiny that surrounded the Bush-era "detention and interrogation programs," the drone campaign has failed to attract as much scrutiny.   The Washington Post suggests that the unprecedented results and secrecy are two factors that produce such a response.

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