WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is defending the use of drone strikes against American citizens abroad who the administration believes are a national security threat.
In a speech, Obama says when an American goes abroad to wage war against the U.S., his citizenship “should no more serve as a shield” than a sniper shooting on an innocent crowd should be protected from a SWAT team.
Obama’s speech comes after mounting pressure from lawmakers in both parties for the administration to explain its guidelines for using drone strikes against U.S. citizens. It also follows the administration’s disclosure Wednesday that four Americans had been killed abroad by drone strikes since 2009.
Obama will also renew his call to close the federal detention center in Cuba.