US: Drone strikes are legal, ethical
The White House has defended drone strikes against al-Qaeda, insisting they complied with US law and the Constitution, even if Americans are targeted.
The White House defended US President Barack Obama's power to wage drone war after a justice department memorandum argued that Americans high up in al-Qaeda could be lawfully killed, even if intelligence fails to show them plotting an attack.
GCC comment: If there is no evidence of them plotting anything, then why would they be murdered. Even if there was evidence of them plotting but not put into action yet, the proper due process would be to arrest them and put them on trial. To give ONE man the power to exterminate, at will, without evidence or due process, and especially a MADMAN like Obama, is not only UNCONSTITUTIONAL, it is unconsionable. It is not the American way.... it is a Dictators way. There is NOTHING lawfull about this.
The disclosure by NBC news, which posted a link to the white paper on its web page, came as US drone attacks in Pakistan, Yemen and elsewhere face increasing scrutiny and questions from human rights groups.
White House spokesperson Jay Carney stated, "These strikes are legal, they are ethical, and they are wise."
GCC comment: This commie is as much of a madman as Obama. These losers think they can do what they want without regard to the Constitution, then declare what they did to be "lawfull" and "Constitutional" just because they say so and we are to believe that. ANYONE, with no more than a high school education, can plainly see none of this is lawfull or Constitutional.
Among the most controversial of the attacks were the September 2011 killings in Yemen of Anwar al-Awlaki and Samir Khan, which stoked concern because the two were US citizens who had never been charged with a crime.
An 'undue risk' to US personnel
The white paper offers a more expansive definition of self-defence and imminent attack than those given publicly in the past by senior US officials, who have cited "the inherent right to self-defence" in defending the attacks.
GCC comment: These hypocrites cite "the inherent right to self defense" for themselves but how many times has "the system" jailed a person for using force, trying to protect his family and home from intruders. The government claims to have this right but doesn't think we as individuals should have it.
Jameel Jaffer, deputy legal director of the American Civil Liberties Union, which has sued to obtain the legal document used to authorise the killing of Awlaki, a radical preacher, called the white paper "chilling".
"According to the white paper, the government has the authority to carry out targeted killings of US citizens without presenting evidence to a judge before the fact or after, and indeed without even acknowledging to the courts or to the public that the authority has been exercised.
"Without saying so explicitly, the government claims the authority to kill American terrorism suspects in secret," he wrote on the union's website.
Administration officials fiercely defend the drone program as key to the US strategy against al-Qaeda, in a war against terrorism with no geographic boundaries.
GCC comment: Make no mistake about it.... these Godless communists in the White House, WILL, at some future time, use the drones and this same mentality against us in our own country. Remember, they say "with no geographic boundries". On a whim, just because you criticise them or don't agree with them, they can declare you to be an "enemy combatant" and erase you in secret without due process. Any of you who think this is far fetched and could "never" happen in America are such damned fools and idiots that you would deserve it to happen to you. Look at all that HAS happened up to this point that you thought could never happen.
Inside the US, lawmakers in at least nine states were working on measures to restrict the use of drones in their skies due to worries that the unmanned vehicles could be used to spy on Americans at home.
The union says the states so far are Oregon, California, Montana, Texas, Nebraska, Missouri, North Dakota, Virginia and Florida. – AFP
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