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Pentagon Taking Over Drones Magnifies The CIA's Free Rein

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Daniel Klaidman of the Daily Beast reports that the Obama administration is ready to begin integrating the CIA's drone program into a stricter one run by the Defense Department.

From the Daily Beast [emphasis ours]:

"CIA and DOD operators would begin to work more closely together to ensure a smooth hand-off. The CIA would remain involved in lethal targeting, at least on the intelligence side, but would not actually control the unmanned aerial vehicles."

"Since the inception of the drone program, targeting decisions have been made inside the CIA with little or no input from other agencies, though the White House sometimes weighs in ... [but Obama] does not ... sign off on all CIA strikes."

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