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Obama's Pick For CIA Chief To Face Senate Scrutiny

As Obama's chief counterterrorism adviser, John Brennan has been associated with some controversial policies, including the use of armed drones. It's unlikely his appointment as CIA director is in trouble, but he's likely to face questions on drones as well as the agency's interrogation policies.
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Justice Department To Share Secret Drone Memo With Congress

The decision to grant lawmakers access to the classified information comes a day before the president's pick to head the CIA has his confirmation hearing. The classified information details the rationale for targeted strikes against U.S. citizens believed to have links to al-Qaida.
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Air Base In Saudi Arabia Is Latest Drone Secret To Be Revealed

The Obama administration wanted to keep the existence of the base secret. It has been used to target al-Qaida members in Yemen.
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Broader Justification Emerges Of When U.S. Can Kill Americans Who Join Al-Qaida

A justice department memo obtained by NBC News says the president can order drone strikes on Americans overseas if they take on leadership posts in al-Qaida or affiliated organizations and are "imminent" threats to Americans. But there's no need for proof of "specific" plans aimed at the U.S.
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DOJ Paper: When It's OK To Kill Americans In Al-Qaida

Justice Department analysis says the U.S. has the right to carry out targeted killings of Americans who are senior operatives of al-Qaida or affiliated groups — even if they are not known to be actively working on a plot.
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The CIA And The Hazards Of Middle East Forecasting

As Arab-Israeli tensions grew in the fall of 1973, the CIA offered its analysis to President Nixon's administration: War was highly unlikely. The agency kept making that case right up to the time the war began.

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