For a number of reasons, many of which we outline here, the reports that the secret Bush-era CIA program concealed from Congress for eight years involved targeting the leaders of Al Qaeda for assassination don’t ring true. Or at least it seems likely to be only a part of the truth.
Now a former CIA counterterrorism chief tells TPMmuckraker there would be no need for a special CIA program or separate legal authorization since we’ve been targeting Al Qaeda leaders for years. Remember all the drone attacks still going on in Pakistan?
David Kurtz is Managing Editor and Washington Bureau Chief of Talking Points Memo where he oversees the news operations of TPM and its sister sites.