via George Jefferson: "Promises made, promises broken."
President Barack Obama has abandoned his two-year push to consolidate
his controversial targeted killing program under Pentagon control and
has spent the past several months finalizing a new plan that would give
the Defense Department and the CIA joint control of drone strikes,
sources tell The Huffington Post.
Two years ago, Obama promised during a speech
at the National Defense University that he would move the CIA's
controversial drone program out of the covert shadows and into the
relative sunlight of the Defense Department. Drone critics greeted the announcement with cautious optimism, hoping that a Pentagon-run drone program would be more transparent and allow more oversight of targeted killings.
CIA and its allies on the congressional intelligence committees
resisted Obama's proposal. But until recently, the Obama administration
was still publicly pushing forward, saying as recently as April that it wanted to take the trigger out of the CIA's hands for good.
Behind closed doors, all of that has changed. On June 10, administration
officials gave a classified briefing to lawmakers laying out a
blueprint for a new transition plan that would involve a dual command
structure. That blueprint is all but complete, U.S. officials briefed on