President Obama has recently revealed strikes on an Al Qaeda target in January, which led to the accidental deaths of two hostages. This incident has led to questions about the accountability of the drone program. Senator McCain, Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, has recently voiced his opinion:
“I can understand, when it was a very small operation, why it would be done by the intelligence agencies, such as U-2s and other reconnaissance aircraft, for many years,” McCain explained. “Now, it has reached the point where it’s an integral part of the conflict and a very essential one, so I think it should be conducted and oversight and administered by the Department of Defense.”
While President Obama defends the CIA’s use of the drone program, other lawmakers have also questioned which agency should have control over the drone program.