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The year of living more dangerously: Obama's drone speech was a sham

• Andrea J Prasow, The Guardian
Going forward,' Obama said one year ago, 'I have asked my administration to review proposals to extend oversight of lethal actions outside of warzones that go beyond our reporting to Congress.' What does forward look like? Photograph: Kristoffer Tripplaar / CNP / Corbis A lot can happen in a year. And a lot can't. Twelve months ago today, Barack Obama gave a landmark national security speech in which he frankly acknowledged that the United States had at least in some cases compromised its values in the years since 9/11 – and offered his vision of a US national security policy more directly in line with "the freedoms and ideals that we defend." It was widely praised as "a momentous turning point in post-9/11 America". Addressing an audience at the National Defense University (NDU) in Washington, the president pledged greater transparency about targeted killings, rededicated himself to closing the detention center at Guantánamo Bay and urged Congress to refine and ultimately repeal the Authorization for the Use of Military Force, which has been invoked to justify everything from military detention to drones strikes. A year later, none of these promises have been met.

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