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Gates backs oversight of drone program

INDEPENDENT REVIEW:Robert Gates and several US lawmakers took to Sunday talk shows to press for oversight of the use of drones to target al-Qaeda operatives

AP, WASHINGTON

“There is plenty of oversight here,” Republican Represenative Mike Rogers said.

Republican Senator John McCain said a separate oversight panel would be “an encroachment on the powers of the president of the United States.”

“But what we need to do is take the whole program out of the hand of the Central Intelligence Agency and put it into the Department of Defense, where you have adequate oversight,” McCain said. “Since when is the intelligence agency supposed to be an air force of drones that goes around killing people? I believe that it’s a job for the Department of Defense.”

Gates, Paul and King spoke with CNN’s State of the Union. Durbin appeared on NBC’s Meet the Press. Rogers was interviewed on CBS’ Face the Nation. McCain was on Fox News Sunday.

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