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Obama's drone strikes still operating without "legal architecture"?

This is a long good article by Kevin Gosztola from which I'll excerpt a just a few snippets:

The administration of United States President Barack Obama feared they might lose re-election and in the weeks before Election Day began to develop a set of rules for using drones, according to a New York Times report by Scott Shane.

It is not like the administration had been preparing throughout Obama’s first term to establish these “rules” either. It is not clear from the story that they ever completed the establishment of a set of rules.

Additionally, Shane suggests Obama had indicated he would setup a “legal architecture” during his interview with Jon Stewart on “The Daily Show”:

Mr. Obama himself, in little-noticed remarks, has acknowledged that the legal governance of drone strikes is still a work in progress.

“One of the things we’ve got to do is put a legal architecture in place, and we need Congressional help in order to do that, to make sure that not only am I reined in but any president’s reined in terms of some of the decisions that we’re making,” Mr. Obama told Jon Stewart in an appearance on “The Daily Show” on Oct. 18.

"Some of the decisions that we’re making"? We all know how thoughtful, understated, nuanced, and above all lawyerly Obama is. So what are these "some decisions"? For example, do they involve the domestic use of drones?

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it indicates that he had some concerns about the left, which I would not have previously believed.