Drones are instruments of state terror. CIA officials operate carte blanche. They want policies officially codified.
They want freedom to kill anyone engaged in activities resembling terrorism. They want their word alone to be enough.
They want evidence about only 2% of victims shown to be high-value combatants buried and forgotten. They want official statements about drone killings making America safer highlighted.
They want freedom to commit mass murder, no questions asked.
According to the Post:
"Among the subjects covered in the playbook are the process for adding names to kill lists, the legal principles that govern when US citizens can be targeted overseas, and the sequence of approvals required when the CIA or US military conducts drone strikes outside war zones."
Inter-agency squabbling left sticky issues unresolved. CIA policy is doing things its way unobstructed. In late December, Obama's national security team acceded to Agency demands.
CIA chief designate John Brennan led discussions. He knew well in advance about his new job before Obama announced it. He wants freedom to do things his way. Once it's official, he's got it. Expect it within weeks.
A former US official involved in playbook discussions spoke on condition of anonymity, saying: