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Carney: Drone Strikes "Legal, Ethical, Wise"

CARNEY: Well, the question obviously that you asked, regarding some stories out today regarding a document – an unclassified document – prepared for some members of congress. Understandable questions. I can just say that this president takes his responsibilities very seriously, and first and foremost, his responsibility to protect the United States and American citizens. He also takes his responsibility in conducting the war against al-Qaeda as authorized by congress in a way that is fully consistent with our constitution and all applicable laws. We have acknowledged, the United States, that sometimes we use remotely piloted aircraft to conduct targeted strikes against specific al-Qaeda terrorists in order to prevent attacks on the United States and to save American lives. We conduct those strikes because they are necessary to mitigate ongoing actual threats. To stop plots, prevent future attacks, and again save American lives. These strikes are legal, they are ethical, and they are wise. The U.S. government takes great care in deciding to pursue an al-Qaeda terrorist, to ensure precision, and to avoid loss of innocent life.

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