Leaks are vital to democracy, drones controversy shows
Trevor Timm at the The Freedom of the Press Foundation blog
writes: "This week, Congress finally started a substantive debate on the role of drones in US foreign policy, and more importantly, the Obama administration’s secret legal rationale
for why it believes it can kill American citizens overseas with no due process. But why is this just happening now? It's been more than seven months since the New York Times reported on the existence of President Obama’s kill list
, and almost a year and a half after the US deliberately killed the first American citizen
under this policy. The answer is simple: a leak to the press."