Sunday, February 24, 2013

Robert Gibbs Says He Was Told to Lie About Drone Program

It is amazing what happens when Obama administration officials resign. They start sounding rational. Lawrence Summers now backs regulations on the financial industry. Former Press Secretary Robert Gibbs expresses his displeasure on being instructed to deny the existence of the drone program.

“When I went through the process of becoming press secretary, one of the first things they told me was you’re not even to acknowledge the drone program,” he explained on MSNBC. “You’re not even to discuss that it exists.”

“Here’s what’s inherently crazy about that proposition,” Gibbs continued. “You’re being asked a question based on reporting of a program that exists. So you’re the official government spokesperson acting as if the entire program — pay no attention to the man behind the certain."

It is hard to deny the drone program when there is documented evidence of the bombings. In June of 2012, Nick Sibilla put the civilian death count at possibly 500.

according to analysis by the New America Foundation, approximately 11 to 17 percent of all those killed by drone strikes in Pakistan have been civilians. Meanwhile, the London-based Bureau of Investigative Journalism found that since President Obama took office in January 2009, anywhere from 282-535 civilians have been killed by drone strikes, including more than 60 children.

I am not arguing to protect terrorists. I do want transparency on the legality of the drone program.

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