Lawmakers urge oversight of US drone programme
WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama's use of unmanned drones to kill Americans who are suspected of being al-Qaida allies deserves closer inspection, lawmakers said on Sunday, as even some of the president's allies suggested uneasiness about the programme.
Mr Obama's stance toward the terrorist threats facing the United States has left some Democrats and Republicans alike nervous about the unmanned drones targeting the nation's enemies from the skies. Questions about the deadly programme dogged Mr Obama's pick to lead the Central Intelligence Agency last week and prompted lawmakers to consider tighter oversight.
All killings carried out under the drone programme have ballooned under Mr Obama's watch. "We are in a different kind of war. We're not sending troops. We're not sending manned bombers. We're dealing with the enemy where we find them to keep America safe. We have to strike a new constitutional balance with the challenges we face today," said Sen. Dick Durbin.
"The policy is really unfolding. Most of this has not been disclosed," the second-ranking Senate Democrat added.