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CIA Enlists Lawmakers to Maintain Edge in Turf War, Keep Authority to Launch Drone Strikes


The Post’s Greg Miller reported that unnamed US officials told him a “secret provision” was inserted into the “classified annex” of the $1.1 trillion federal budget plan to “restrict the use of any funding to transfer unmanned aircraft or the authority to carry out drone strikes from the CIA to the Pentagon.”

“The provision,” according to Miller, “represents an unusually direct intervention by lawmakers into the way covert operations are run, impeding an administration plan aimed at returning the CIA’s focus to traditional intelligence gathering and possibly bringing more transparency to drone strikes.” He also suggested this reflects “lingering doubts” of some lawmakers that Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC) can launch strikes “without hitting the wrong targets and killing civilians.”

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