- 04.29.14 10:40 AM EDT
Giving in to director of national intelligence James Clapper, U.S. senators have removed a provision from a major intelligence bill that would have required the president to make information about drone strikes and their victims public.
The bill originally called for an annual public report clarifying the number of "combatants" and "noncombatant civilians" killed or injured by drone strikes." No longer.
Clapper's letter to the Senators said "The executive branch is currently exploring ways in which it can provide the American people more information about the United States’ use of force outside areas of active hostilities."
Not sure we believe that.