Drone attacks for targeted killings draw Congress' ire over lack of W.H. transparency
A rare congressional hearing into the use of unmanned drones for targeted killings has drawn bipartisan agreement over the White House's lack of transparency.
The move comes even as lawmakers rejected a measure that would require the administration to share more data about drone strikes with Congress.
The House Judiciary Committee hearing was held to discuss a resolution put forward by Republican Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio) that would order the White House to turn over to Congress all documents related to the government's targeted killing program, the Huffington Post reports.
According to the report, the measure was dismissed as overly broad and aggressive.
The legislators, however, took the opportunity to vent their frustrations about the limited amount of information the administration has shared with the public and Congress about the use of drones, the report said.
"This is the first real discussion this committee has had on the topic of drone strikes," Republican Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) said during the hearing.
Nadler is one of three Democratic congressmen on the committee who recently sent letters to the White House requesting additional information about the legal basis for the drone-strike program, and specifically the strike that killed Anwar al-Awlaki, a U.S. citizen, in Yemen last year.
Lawmakers have joined the press and civil liberties groups in expressing frustration with how difficult it has been to pry information out of the White House about the process or legal basis for approving drone strikes, the report added.