Gibbs: I was told not to acknowledge existence of drone program

Robert Gibbs, President Barack Obama's former press secretary, says that he was once instructed by the White House not to acknowledge the administration's use of drones.

Gibbs: I was told not to acknowledge existence of drone program

World Bulletin/News Desk

President Obama’s former press secretary said today that he was specifically instructed by the White House not to acknowledge the administration’s use of drones, British paper Daily Mail reported.

Speaking Sunday on MSNBC’s ‘Up w/Chris Hayes’ Sunday, Robert Gibbs said that he was told when he was named White House Press Secretary that ‘one of the first things they told me was, “You are not even to acknowledge the drone program.

‘”You’re not even to discuss that it exists,”’ the former press secretary and current MSNBC political analyst said.

According to the report, to paraphrase an oft-quoted line from David Fincher's 1999 film "Fight Club": The first rule of the drone program is you do not talk about the drone program.

Gibbs, who was recently hired by MSNBC as a contributor, called the proposition "inherently crazy."

Mr Gibbs’ statement today is in direct opposition of one of the Obama Administration’s mainstays – transparency, the Daily Mail said.
‘You’re the official government spokesperson acting as if the entire program…pay no attention to the man behind the curtain,' he said on the MSNBC program.

Earlier this month, members of Congress demanded to see copies of classified documents detailing the administration’s justification of drone strikes on U.S. citizens deemed to be a threat to national security, to which the White House originally refused.

The Department of Justice White Paper details in vague legal terms how the U.S. can target and kill American citizens and has caused an outcry from human rights groups, who say that it is unconstitutional for a U.S. citizen to be killed without due process.

The 16-page document, entitled ‘Lawfulness of a Lethal Operation Directed Against a U.S. Citizen who is a Senior Operational Leader of Al Qaeda or an Associated Force,’ were first obtained by NBC News.

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