Send in the Drones

by Ryan on February 5, 2013

in Law,Media Bias,Politics,War on Terror

The Obama Administration today is defending their policy of using overseas drone strikes not just on foreign terrorists, but also overseas Americans who help them out.  While the memos revealed flimsy standards governing the President’s discretion on using the drones, they defend the policy as “legal,” “ethical,” and “wise.”  I’m pretty sure this guy shares the President’s sentiment on the issue.

I’m not sure how denying an American citizen deliberately targeted by the regime their due process without judicial oversight is “legal.”  I completely understand the administration’s desire for this authority, but it seems constitutionally suspect especially for an administration bent on accumulating power and control.

Shockingly, some libs are actually upset over this!  Good for them.  Goes to show you — a stopped clock is right twice a day.

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Rightonoz February 6, 2013 at 7:19 am

To me, when you abandon your country and live overseas, preach death and encourage murder against your own people, you abandon your rights under any constitution.

It is impractical to try capture and bring them to justice, therefore IN THIS INSTANCE Obama is correct.

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Mike February 6, 2013 at 10:23 am

I think I’m with Oz on this one (well, closer to Oz’ position anyway). The President has the Constitutional authority to lead a war effort and the War on Terror was authorized by statute in 2001. Provided that targeted drone strikes are done as acts in accordance with the objective of that authorization, I think it’s fine. It’s just a war act in a new kind of war. I mean, if an American citizen had switched to the German side in WWII and encountered American troops on the battlefield, I don’t think our soldiers would have to serve legal papers and wait for a court hearing to be scheduled before shooting.

That said, targeted strikes must actually be part of a Congressionally-authorized military campaign. I don’t know what standards Obama’s order require. Hopefully something more than mere probable cause.

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