Strengthening the CIA Drone Program Will Hurt Accountability

The Central Intelligence Agency, the world’s most elite and professional spy service, may soon be granted even more power and authority in the war on terrorism. The drone strikes that President Barack Obama relied on to keep terrorist groups in ungoverned territory from planning attacks on the U.S. homeland and maintain the pressure on their top leadership are now projected to expand in both number and lethality over the next few months.

President Trump and his national-security advisers have reportedly concluded that the more restrictive rules of engagement that the previous administration codified in a presidential directive are hindering the ability of America’s counterterrorism community to fight the war as they see fit. The New York Times reports that the Trump administration has already loosened the rules for some provinces in Yemen and will soon make a similar decision

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