From the Civil War and World War II through recent times, fear of attack and insurrection has fueled efforts to suspend or circumvent our system of checks and balances and our Constitution's protections for individual liberties. This tension escalated after 9/11 and most recently resurfaced in discussions about the use of pilotless drones overseas to assassinate individuals (including American citizens) and, potentially, to conduct operations within the United States. How can Congress play a meaningful role in supporting the defense of the country while conducting its responsibilities for oversight and for exercising its powers -- where appropriate -- to share in the setting of US national security policy?
Center for the Study of Politics and Governance, Humphrey School of Public Affairs, UMN
What is Congress' Role in Overseeing the Use of Drones?.
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