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Published On: Thu, Feb 7th, 2013

Senator Lindsey Graham and Amb. John Bolton support President Obama’s policy of targeting American citizens

Just a day after a 16-page, confidential, Justice Department memo was obtained by NBC News, several in the neoconservative wing of the Republican party have come out with vocal support and praise of the President’s program.

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The memo revealed new details about the legal reasoning behind one of the Obama administration’s most secretive and controversial polices: its dramatically increased use of drone strikes against al-Qaida suspects abroad, including those aimed at American citizens.

Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) was one member of Congress that came out in support of the Obama policy,going as far as calling it a “highlight” of his presidency, according to a Politico report yesterday.

“Every member of Congress needs to get on board,” Graham said. “It’s not fair to the president to let him, leave him out there alone quite frankly. He’s getting hit from libertarians and the left.

“I think the middle of America understands why you would want a drone program to go after a person like Anwar al-Awlaki,” Graham added.

Graham went on to assert: “The process of being targeted I think is legal, quite frankly laborious and should reside in the commander in chief to determine who an enemy combatant is and what kind of force to use.”

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Public domain photo/US Department of State

Former Ambassador John Bolton also came out in support of the Obama program during an interview on the Fox News daytime program Happening Now.

“It seems to me that the approach that the Obama administration is following is consistent with and really derived from the Bush administration approach to the War on Terror,” Bolton told the show’s host.

 “And I think it is entirely sensible. Whether it is foreign citizens who are involved with Al Qaeda or American citizens, we are in a war. They have attacked us. We have a congressional authorization to use military force in response. And that’s what’s at stake here.”

 

 

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- Writer, Co-Founder and Executive Editor of The Global Dispatch. Robert has been covering news in the areas of health, world news and politics for a variety of online news sources. He is also the Editor-in-Chief of the website, Outbreak News Today and hosts the podcast, Outbreak News Interviews on iTunes, Stitcher and Spotify Robert is politically Independent and a born again Christian Follow @bactiman63

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