Rep. Pete King defends drone program against Al Qaeda

June 11, 2012 by  
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The military’s killer drones have made America safer by decimating Al Qaeda’s  chain of command, the chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee said  Sunday.

Rep. Peter King (R-L.I.) defended the tactic, which has come under  increasing scrutiny as a way of waging war without leaving any fingerprints.

“I wish we could all live in a world where we could hold hands and love each  other, the fact is that’s not reality,” King told CNN’s “State of the  Union.”

“There are evil people in the world. Drones aren’t evil. People are evil and  we are a force of good and we are using those drones to carry out a policy of  righteousness and goodness,” King said.

Since the second half of the Bush administration, the U.S. has launched and  estimated 302 drone strikes in northwest Pakistan, resulting in roughly 2,800  deaths, CNN reported. Seventeen percent of the fatalities are believed to be  civilians.

“What goes around comes around, and those drones are going to come right back  at us,” Rep. Lynn Woolsey (D-Calif.) told CNN, arguing Congress was kept out of  the loop in terms of the use and scope of the drone program

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