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By Tom Fitton
New photos confirm the attack's coordination and its cover-up
Independent voices from the The Washington Times Communities
Topic - Abdulrahman Al-Awlaki
The recent publication of a Department of Justice white paper has shed new light on the Obama administration's troubling drone program. The memo reveals that senior administration officials, not just the president himself, can authorize a drone strike targeting a terrorist suspect, even when there is no evidence that they are actively plotting attacks against the United States.
If truth is the first casualty of war, consistency is probably the second. The loudest critics of President George W. Bush's anti-terrorism policies have fallen silent as our Nobel Peace Prize-winning president ordered the killing of Americans in drone strikes.
John O. Brennan, President Obama's pick to lead the CIA, defended the administration's drone execution program before Congress on Thursday, saying that in war the commander in chief has the right to order a targeted killing — but agreeing that Congress should be more involved in knowing what is happening.