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President Obama speech on battling terrorism
ABC -- The White House says its ready to open up a new phase in the long fight on terror, with a promise of more transparency and a reigning in of
some of the more controversial aspects.
Targeted killing by way of secretive, unmanned drone strikes. A contentious, lethal form of modern warfare that has been at the heart of President Obama
's counterterrorism strategy - drawing fire from critics at home and abroad.
And now, a major shift: later this afternoon, in the first major speech on national security strategy of his second term, sources tell ABC News the
president plans to restrict use of the program and shift control from the CIA to the Pentagon.
JCarney 13:16 ) He will review the state of the threats that we face, particularly as al-Qaida core has weakened but new dangers have emerged. He will discuss the policy and legal framework under which we take action against terrorist threats, including the use of drones
The expected shift toward more transparency comes one day after the administration acknowledged that a four American citizens had been killed in secretive drone strikes in Pakistan and Yemen. The administration has long contended that the program's surgical strikes against terrorists save lives and money compared to ground wars.
Peter SInger "We have gotten a lot of bad guys."
But a larger debate about the legal and moral cost to America - including diplomatic strains and the accidental killing of innocent civilians - appears to have weighed on Mr. Obama.
.The President is expected to use his 45-minute speech to re-frame the epic fight against terror that has defined much of his presidency, as he believes
it has evolved since the Sept. 11th terror attacks more than 10 years ago.
He is also expected to renew his effort to close the detainee prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
Jay Carney: "It is, as he pledged in his State of the Union address, a subject that he believes deserves focus and attention. It is one around which he believes there have been and continue to be legitimate questions asked."