Securing America: Drone Use Future [VIDEO]

With his second term underway and fewer U.S. troops on the ground in some of the world's most volatile areas, many are wondering about the future of the U.S. drone program.

FOX's Catherine Herridge has details on its future from Washington in our ongoing series on national security:

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Securing America.

During his inaugural address, President Obama promised to uphold the rule of law and he emphasized that America's longest war was coming to an end.

(President Obama) "We the people still believe that enduring security and lasting peace do not require perpetual war."

But critics, including the American Civil Liberties Union, say the President's public promises conflict with his Administration's private crafting of a manual which attempts to set clear standards for the use of drones in targeted killing missions.

(Chris Anders) "Then you have a complete exception for the CIA's use of drones in Pakistan."

Neither the CIA nor a spokesman for the National Security Council provided immediate comment on the administration's counterterrorism manual.

In Washington, Catherine Herridge, FOX News Radio.

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