WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. ambassador to Syria said on Wednesday there is no evidence so far to back reports that chemical weapons were used in Syria on Tuesday, but the United States has a large team investigating the issue.
“So far, we have no evidence to substantiate the reports that chemical weapons were used yesterday. But I want to underline that we are looking very carefully at these reports,” Robert Ford, who was recalled from Damascus in February 2012, told a hearing of the House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Committee.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A former Defense Department counsel said he is a skeptic when it comes to a proposed “drone court,” but greater government openness about its decision-making on targeted killings of terrorism suspects overseas would help alleviate public suspicions about those operations.
“The problem is that the American public is suspicious of executive power shrouded in secrecy,” Jeh Johnson said in a speech prepared for delivery on Monday at a conference at Fordham Law School in New York.