After outrage that the Bush administration was torturing US citizens, never mind, any human being, it appears that Obama cannot or will not stop using drones to target and KILL Americans. After the world angered that the US let Saddam kill Kurds within Iraq by US made drones, apparently, people have terrorism fatigue and dont mind the US doing exactly the same- not just to kill Bin Laden but continue to do so even on US soil.
Regardless of rationales, matching evil with equal evil deeds is a sickness of democracy. The President should defend the laws not breach them. Democrats not speaking with outrage against the US Government killing in the shadows by drone attacks is as ugly as any arrogant sins of the Bush regime. Even US citizens, including children and innocent people have been killed by drone attacks on USA soil.
People should voice anger with bombing and killing by drones in foreign countries not at war. What if other nations chose to send drones to North America to target their own terror suspects? What would the CIA director say then? What would Obama say when Americans or Canadians were killed by Russian drones? Get government oversight in actions. Obama or anyone else should not be killing sanctioned just because it isn’t by foot soldiers.
Ethical and just is more important than just legality.
Who Says You Can Kill Americans, Mr. President?
By VICKI DIVOLL. Published: January 16, 2013
(Oped news.com) PRESIDENT OBAMA has refused to tell Congress or the American people why he believes the Constitution gives, or fails to deny, him the authority to secretly target and kill American citizens who he suspects are involved in terrorist activities overseas. So far he has killed three that we know of.
Presidents had never before, to our knowledge, targeted specific Americans for military strikes. There are no court decisions that tell us if he is acting lawfully. Mr. Obama tells us not to worry, though, because his lawyers say it is fine, because experts guide the decisions and because his advisers have set up a careful process to help him decide whom he should kill.
He must think we should be relieved.
The three Americans known to have been killed, in two drone strikes in Yemen in the fall of 2011, are Anwar al-Awlaki, a radical Muslim cleric who was born in New Mexico; Samir Khan, a naturalized American citizen who had lived in New York and North Carolina, and was killed alongside Mr. Awlaki; and, in a strike two weeks later, Mr. Awlaki’s 16-year-old son, Abdulrahman al-Awlaki, who was born in Colorado.(NY Times,
The man in charge of America’s drone wars will face Senate questioning about perhaps their most controversial aspect: when the president can target American citizens for death.
Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) sent a letter on Monday to John Brennan, the White House’s counterterrorism adviser and nominee to be head of the CIA, asking for an outline of the legal and practical rules that underpin the U.S. government’s targeted killing of American citizens suspected of working with al-Qaida. The Obama administration has repeatedly resisted disclosing any such information about its so-called “disposition matrix” targeting terrorists, especially where it concerns possible American targets. Brennan reportedly oversees that matrix from his White House perch, and would be responsible for its execution at CIA director.
“How much evidence does the President need to determine that a particular American can be lawfully killed?” Wyden, a member of the Senate intelligence committee, asks in the letter, acquired by Danger Room. “Does the President have to provide individual Americans with the opportunity to surrender before killing them?”(wired.com)
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