From The Lead with Jake Tapper/CNN:
Defending his administration's lack of transparency over its drone policy, President Obama reportedly told Democratic Senators, “This is not Dick Cheney we’re talking about here,” according to Politico.
"I have to agree – he certainly is no Dick Cheney," Liz Cheney told CNN. Liz is the former vice president's eldest daughter.
“It is true that, when it comes to secrecy and executive power abuses, Obama is not Dick Cheney," said Glenn Greenwald, author of "How Would a Patriot Act" and a columnist at The Guardian. "Cheney never targeted U.S. citizens for assassination, nor prosecuted whistleblowers at anywhere near the rate Obama has, nor waged a war (in Libya) after Congress expressly rejected its authorization."
For the longest time, the administration did not even acknowledge the drone program existed, said Ken Bunting, executive director of the National Freedom of Information Coalition. Now that it has, it has to deal with Congress, and how that plays out will leave a lasting impression.
"The secrecy surrounding the drone program is going to hurt [President Obama's] legacy," says Bunting. "Secret law does not make sense for people who live in a democracy."