Obama Secret Order Libya
March 31, 2011 by staff
Obama Secret Order Libya, (Reuters) - President Barack Obama signed a secret order authorizing secret U.S. government support for rebels seeking to oust Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, government officials told Reuters on Wednesday.
Obama signed the order, known as a presidential “finding” in the last two or three weeks, according to government sources familiar with the matter.
These results are the main form of presidential directive used to authorize covert operations of the Central Intelligence Agency. This is a legal step necessary before such action can take place, but does not mean he will.
“As is common practice for this and all administrations, I will not comment on intelligence matters,” White House spokesman Jay Carney said in a statement. “I will repeat what the President said yesterday – no decision has been taken on the supply of arms to the opposition or to a group in Libya. ”
He talked about the application of “constant pressure, not only military but also by such other means” to force Muammar Gaddafi to.
Obama said the U.S. has not ruled out providing military equipment to the rebels. “It is fair to say that if we wanted to obtain weapons to Libya, we probably could. We look at all our options at this stage,” the president said.
U.S. officials to monitor events in Libya say that at present, nor the forces Muammar Qaddafi or the rebels, who have asked the West of heavy weapons, seem able to make decisive gains.
Although U.S. and allied air strikes have severely damaged the military Muammar Gaddafi and disrupted the chain of command, officials say, the rebel forces remain disorganized and unable to benefit fully from the Western military support.
People familiar with the procedures of U.S. intelligence said that the action secret presidential “findings” are normally designed to provide a blanket authorization for a series of actions the U.S. government to support a particular purpose secret.
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