Dan Rather joined HuffPost Live Friday and told host Ahmed Shihab-Eldin that while he thinks President Obama has been a "fairly good president," he has broken at least one major promise to the American people.
"He did promise more transparency. He has delivered less transparency," Rather said of Obama in the clip above. "Far less transparency. He hasn't met his promises about that, no question about it."
Rather also spoke about drones (in response to a HuffPost Live community question), saying he doesn't believe "that any one person, not even the President, should have the power alone to call strikes on other American citizens like what was done in Yemen" and calling for a "national debate" about whether and how the U.S. government should use drones.
"I think decent-intending people with common sense can work out a way to use the drone weaponry when it's appropriate to use it and with the proper checks and balances," Rather said. "We do not have those checks and balances in place right now. We need them.... We need to have a national debate about this. We need to have a consensus decision: are we going to use drones under any circumstances? If so, what are those circumstances, and who's going to check on the power?"
In the clip below, Rather also praised Wikileaks, calling it a "public service" and explained how he thinks "hacktivism" could develop into a "form of investigative journalism." Watch:
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