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Counter-terrorism official defends U.S. campaign of targeted killings

Counter-terrorism official defends U.S. campaign of targeted killings 01 Jul 2010 A senior Obama administration counter-terrorism official said Wednesday that the government's campaign of targeted killings abroad "gives me pause," but he [Michael E. Leiter] added that it would be "wholly irresponsible" not to stop those plotting to harm Americans. The U.S. has carried out at least 144 airstrikes in Pakistan under a covert CIA program using aerial drones, according to Long War Journal, a blog that counts the strikes using news media reports.