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Americans deserve to know more about drone war: Obama

Published on Feb 15, 2013 2:09 PM
 
US President Barack Obama speaks during an event at the Decatur Community Recreation Center on Feb 14, 2013 in Decatur, Georgia. Mr Obama on Thursday promised to be more forthcoming with the American public on his administration's campaign of lethal drone strikes amid criticism over the targeting of suspected US terrorism suspects abroad. -- PHOTO: AFP

WASHINGTON (REUTERS) - President Barack Obama on Thursday promised to be more forthcoming with the American public on his administration's campaign of lethal drone strikes amid criticism over the targeting of suspected US terrorism suspects abroad.

Mr Obama, under pressure from the left and right to allow greater scrutiny of the secret decision-making process for killing Americans overseas, vowed to work with Congress to craft a "mechanism" to be more open about how the drone war is conducted.

"What I think is absolutely true is it's not sufficient for citizens to just take my word for it that we're doing the right thing," Mr Obama said in an online video question-and-answer session sponsored by Google.

Asked whether the US government could target a citizen on American soil, Mr Obama appeared to rule that out.

 
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