U.S. drone base in Saudi Arabia

Oh, that librul media!

The base was established two years ago to intensify the hunt against al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, as the affiliate in Yemen is known. Brennan, who previously served as the CIA’s station chief in Saudi Arabia, played a key role in negotiations with Riyadh over locating an agency drone base inside the kingdom.

The Washington Post had refrained from disclosing the location at the request of the administration, which cited concern that exposing the facility would undermine operations against an al-Qaeda affiliate regarded as the network’s most potent threat to the United States, as well as potentially damage counterterrorism collaboration with Saudi Arabia.

The Post learned Tuesday night that another news organization was planning to reveal the location of the base, effectively ending an informal arrangement among several news organizations that had been aware of the location for more than a year.

The white paper, which was first reported by NBC News, concludes that the United States can lawfully kill one of its own citizens overseas if it determines that the person is a “senior, operational leader” of al-Qaeda or one of its affiliates and poses an imminent threat.
But the 16-page document allows for an elastic interpretation of those concepts and does not require that the target be involved in a specific plot, because al-Qaeda is “continually involved in planning terrorist attacks against the United States.”

I’ve said it before: Journalists shouldn’t be close to people in power. You don’t need access, you need the right documents. Socializing at the White House doesn’t serve a journalistic mission, it only serves your career.

2 Responses to U.S. drone base in Saudi Arabia

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  2. imhotep February 7, 2013 at 11:58 am #

    Journalists should be the 4th estate and not part of the state. What we have in the USA is the 1% owning 99% of the media outlets. So we get propaganda. Or as the North Koreans like to point out “We are the World” meaning the US. Whoever wishes to help should remove at least one brick from the wall each day.

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