The Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Human Rights held a hearing earlier today in which Sen. Dick Durbin (D., Ill.), chairman of the subcommittee, and Sen. Ted Cruz (R., Texas), ranking member, both criticized the Obama Administration for not sending any representatives to the hearing on drone strikes.
SEN. DURBIN: “I do want to note for the record, my disappointment that the administration declined to provide a witness to testify at today’s hearings.”
SEN. CRUZ: “I’d like to echo the concern that the chairman raised and the disappointment that the Obama administration declined to send a witness particularly after this hearing was delayed for one week in order to accommodate the administration’s schedule.”
An article in the Huffington Post points out the hypocrisy of the Obama administration and the President’s pledge to be more transparant:
“The administration’s refusal to participate comes just a few months after President Barack Obama pledged greater transparency on his targeted killing program during his 2013 State of the Union address”
“‘We must enlist our values in the fight,’ Obama said. ‘In the months ahead, I will continue to engage with Congress to ensure not only that our targeting, detention, and prosecution of terrorists remains consistent with our laws and system of checks and balances, but that our efforts are even more transparent to the American people and to the world.’”