With all those drones filling the skies over Third World nations, America needed a drone czar. His name is John Brennan.
He will decide on which terrorists to take out.
He will lead a small team at the White House.
It has been up and running for a month.
The Pentagon will have less authority over who gets droned.
President Obama imposes makes the final decisionn.
In the old days, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff decided. Brennan was only one voice. He took the list to the President.
An example of a recent Pentagon-led drone strike was the fatal attack in January on al-Qaida commander Bilal al-Berjawi in Somalia. U.S. intelligence and military forces had been watching him for days. When his car reached the outskirts of Mogadishu, the drones fired a volley of missiles, obliterating his vehicle and killing him instantly. The drones belonged to the elite U.S. Joint Special Operations Command. The British-Lebanese citizen al-Berjawi ended up on the JSOC list after a studied debate run by the Pentagon.
Civilians are safe, it says here.
Brennan gave a landmark speech last month describing the Obama administration’s legal reasoning behind the drone program. He said the choice of targets is weighed by whether capture is possible vs. the level of threat the person presents to Americans. He argued such targets are not civilians, but akin to targeting Japanese or German commanders in World War II.