By JAVIER MANJARRESSenator Marco Rubio, who sits on the Select Committee on Intelligence in the U.S. Senate, has directly challenged President Obama’s actions as Commander-In-Chief, when he introduced the Targeted Strike Oversight Reform Act of 2013 back in May of this year.
The bill, which requires “independent review before the authorization of any lethal strikes against U.S. Citizens engaged in international terrorism overseas,” has just been approved as an amendment to the Fiscal Year 2014 Intelligence Authorization Act, by a vote of 13-2.
According to the Rubio Press Shop, the amendment would require an independent alternative analysis, commonly referred to as a “red-team analysis,” be conducted if the government is considering the legality or the use of targeted lethal force against a known U.S. person located outside the U.S. who is involved in international terrorism
“I am pleased that the committee approved this measure to require an additional, independent review before the authorization of any lethal strikes against U.S. Citizens engaged in international terrorism overseas… “This commonsense legislation also improves accountability and oversight of counterterrorism policy by requiring this and future administrations to share important information about these programs with Congress and the intelligence community’s inspector general.By approving this measure, we’re improving the balance between keeping our country safe from terrorists who plot against our people, and the accountability and oversight that are touchstones of our constitutional democracy.”-Senator Marco Rubio
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