Where is the outcry to go after the Obama lawyers? First you have to know their names. But unlike Bush documents released by Team Obama, the white paper has no lawyers' names. No date, either. It seems the attorney general wanted to shield his attorneys from the brand of harsh litigation techniques he inflicted on others. (Late Wednesday, an unnamed senior official said the White House would send classified legal documents to congressional committees.)
Like the Bush memos, the Obama paper glosses over the possible negative consequences of drone warfare. Though I support their use against the worst offenders, I share the fears of critics who wonder whether the overuse of drones eventually would undermine U.S. national security.
And I agree with Wyden, who said, "Every American has the right to know when their government believes that it is allowed to kill them."
At a news conference Tuesday, White House press secretary Jay Carney said the administration ordered drone strikes "because they are necessary to mitigate ongoing actual threats, to stop plots, prevent future attacks and, again, save American lives."
I believe that. It's too bad Carney failed to recognize that those are the very reasons desperate intelligence officials turned to unusual interrogation methods, authorized by Bush lawyers, to prevent the next al-Qaida attack.
And for those milder measures, Holder used the raw power of the federal investigation to punish intelligence officials and Bush lawyers. Because he was one of the good guys.
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