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Topic - Micah Zenko
Open government has seldom looked so secretive. President Obama's refusal to come clean on his use of airborne drones to kill terrorists has taken U.S. war fighting into a bizarre realm of science fiction. Mr. Obama can prove his claim that his is the "most transparent administration in history" by halting this clandestine behavior.
The United States has targeted and killed hundreds of suspected low-level fighters in Pakistani, Afghan and unidentified extremist groups in Pakistan's tribal areas, despite assurances from the Obama administration that remote controlled drone aircraft strikes are used only against known senior leaders of al Qaeda.
"Splitting the drone program between the JSOC and CIA is apparently intended to allow the plausible deniability of CIA strikes," writes Micah Zenko of the Council on Foreign Relations in a recent policy paper.
"As covert operations, the government cannot legally provide any information about how the CIA conducts targeted killings, while Pentagon operations are guided by Title 10 'armed forces' operations and a publicly available military doctrine."