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By James A. Lyons Jr.
The president has shifted alliance from friend to enemy
Topic - Angus S. King Jr.
Democratic Sen. Tom Udall of New Mexico and dozens of other senators apparently find the elegant simplicity of the First Amendment offensive.
President Obama's use of unmanned drones to kill Americans who are suspected of being al Qaeda allies deserves closer inspection, lawmakers said Sunday, as even some of the president's allies suggested an uneasiness about the program.
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.
Maine Sen. Angus S. King Jr. sees no strong reason to oppose President Obama's pick for secretary of defense.
In his opening remarks at the hearing, Mr. King said he was "deeply worried about the future of our democracy."
"I believe they still should have contacted at least the chairs and the ranking members of the intelligence committee," said Sen. Angus S. King Jr., a Maine independent who sits on the intelligence committee. "I think there is something between notification of the whole Congress and no notification that they should have done. I think that if you press the White House, they'll concede that they would have done that. But one of the reasons that was mentioned was that it had been communicated to them in a credible way that if word of these negotiations leaked out, there was a possibility he would be killed."