CIA to lose drones?
MANILA, Philippines - The White House might be moving the CIA's controversial drone program to the US Department of Defense, according to an exclusive report by the The Daily Beast.
Three unnamed senior US officials told The Daily Beast that there is a plan to gradually transfer CIA's drone operations to the military in a process that is aimed at creating more transparent standards and procedures for the program.
The CIA would continue to have a hand in the "intelligence side" of the program but would not control the aerial vehicles per se, the report said.
The move comes amid increasing debate over drones and targeted killing.
In January, the United Nations launched an investigation into the impact of drone strikes. Ben Emmerson, the UN special rapporteur on counter-terrorism and human rights, said there was a need "for accountabilty" when strikes went wrong. - Rappler.com