Congress considers putting limits on drone strikes


WASHINGTON — Uncomfortable with the Obama administration’s use of deadly drones, a growing number in Congress are looking to limit America’s authority to kill suspected terrorists, even U.S. citizens. The Democratic-led outcry was emboldened by the revelation in a newly surfaced Justice Department memo that shows drones can strike against a wider range of threats, with less evidence, than previously believed.

The drone program has been used from Pakistan across the Middle East and into North Africa to find and kill an unknown number of suspected terrorist.

The White House on Tuesday defended the program by citing the very laws that some in Congress once believed were appropriate in the years immediately after the Sept. 11 attacks but now think may be too broad.

The Senate Foreign Relations Committee likely will hold hearings on U.S. drone policy, an aide said Tuesday.


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