Brennan's Hearing Exposes Drone-Industrial Complex
John Brennan's Senate hearing is expected to focus on drone use abroad by the military and intelligence agencies. The hearing gives a rare window into a usually closed world.
The important thing to remember here, as John Brennan talks about the CIA's drone policy, is that there's an omnipresent kabuki theatre atmosphere to the proceedings. Brennan provided written testimony ahead of time, the Senate Intelligence Committee is well aware of their roles, and both sides are playing out pre-designated parts in a timeworn Congressional ritual.
At the same time, however, there's a very real question to be asked: Just what is the United States' military strategy when it comes to killer drones and the mass use of unmanned surveillance aircraft?
Maine's Senator Angus King suggests FISA-type courts to determine which U.S. citizens are the subjects of lethal drone strikes abroad. FISA Courts are special federal courts subject to federal scrutiny.
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In any case, Brennan disagrees with the idea of a FISA-like Court, saying he will "give it due consideration," At the moment, the Executive Branch holds secretive meetings to determine who covert U.S. drone strikes will kill that recalls medieval Star Chambers.