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John Brennan wants the Pentagon to take command of the CIA’s drone-strike program. - Slate Magazine


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The Obama White House is shifting control of the secret drone-strike program out of the CIA and back to the military, according to a story that ran in the Daily Beast on Tuesday and another that appeared in today’s Wall Street Journal. The question that comes to mind: So what?

Given the intricate entanglements between the two in the past decade’s war on terror, does it matter whether a spymaster at Langley or a cabinet chief in the Pentagon is responsible for targeted assassinations on foreign terrorists from the sky?

Maybe. The shift could mean new restrictions and an extra layer of accountability on drone strikes, subjecting them to an entirely different command culture. Or it could have very little effect. It all depends on how the shift in power is written.

Extra accountability would be good.

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