Drone strikes: Obama approves names to be put on kill lists
Washington: US President Barack Obama personally approves the names to be put on the “kill lists” of the targeted killing operations performed by the country’s assassination drones, The New York Times reports.According to the report published by the paper on Tuesday, every week or so, more than 100 members of the country’s national security team gather via secure video teleconference run by the Pentagon and go over the biographies of suspects in Yemen, Somalia, and Pakistan, and “nominate” those who should be targeted in the attacks.
The identities of the nominees are then provided to Obama, who signs off on every strike in Yemen and Somalia and on especially complex and risky strikes in Pakistan.
National Security Advisor Thomas Donilon said, “He (Obama) is determined that he will make these decisions about how far and wide these operations will go.”
“His view is that he’s responsible for the position of the United States in the world… He’s determined to keep the tether pretty short,” he noted...MORE...LINK