America's drone wars are reflective of the current state of congressional oversight of the executive branch on national security issues: The executive branch stonewalls to avoid oversight, and Congress does little to demand that its constitutional prerogatives are respected. As a result, the opportunities for the expansion of executive power are becoming more pronounced -- and could get worse.

The Imperial Presidency: Drone Power and Congressional Oversight

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On Sept. 30, 2011, Anwar al-Awlaki was riding in a convoy in northern Yemen’s al-Jawf province with several other suspected members of the terrorist group al-Qaida. Awlaki, a Yemeni cleric, had long been on a so-called kill list of terrorist leaders targeted by the U.S. government for elimination. On that day, two Predator drones operating in the skies above fired seven Hellfire missiles, killing Awlaki and, among others, a colleague named Samir Khan.

In itself, the killing was simply another skirmish in the 10-year U.S.-led war on terror, which since Sept. 11, 2001, has stretched from Afghanistan, Pakistan and the Far East to the Horn of Africa and now the Arabian Peninsula. ...

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