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The drone authority

The Obama administration defended a Justice Department document saying it is lawful to use a drone strike to kill an American citizen if a “high level” government official believes the target is an operational leader of al-Qaeda who poses an “imminent threat” to the U-S, and if capture is not feasible.
If we consider ourselves “at war” with al-Qaeda … and one of their people appears to be a threat to our nation … shouldn’t we kill that person, if possible … without regard to their nationality? Treason can’t hide behind citizenship.
Yet, putting a government drone operator in the position to act as judge, jury, and executioner for a fellow American citizen is chilling. Drones are already targeting people in foreign lands, based on intelligence evidence … and taking those people out. We consider them “combatants” … enemy “soldiers”.
It’s a tough call. The threat posed by an American toward his nation would have to be sure and terrible, if that drone operator were to pull the trigger.
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Our thought for today is from Stephen W. Comiskey:
 
“You can delegate authority, but not responsibility.”


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02/11/2013 1:03AM
The drone authority
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