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President Obama Endorses More Oversight of Drone Strikes

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President Barack Obama says his administration is willing to consider accepting increased oversight of lethal drone strikes outside of war zones like Afghanistan.
 
In a speech on new contours of his counterterrorism strategy, Obama took note Thursday of a number of proposed ways of doing that --- including the establishment of an independent oversight board in the executive branch of the government.
 
He did not endorse any particular proposal but said he will engage Congress in exploring a number of options for increased oversight. He cautioned that some proposals may introduce a layer of bureaucracy into national-security decision-making, without giving the public added confidence in the oversight process.
 
Obama also said that his administration already briefs Congress on all drone operations.

Obama said the administration has briefed the appropriate congressional committees about all drone strikes outside of Iraq and Afghanistan, such as in Yemen. 
 
He says the briefings included the one instance in which an American citizen was the target: Anwar al-Awlaki. Officials say al-Awlaki was a leader in a branch of al-Qaida that operated in the Arabian peninsula, and that he had ties to at least three attacks planned or carried out on U.S. soil. 
 
Obama spoke a day after the administration disclosed the deaths of three other Americans abroad in drone strikes. 
 
Obama says he authorized the release of the information to encourage debate on the issue.  (AP)

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