Saturday, February 23, 2013

Missile Target

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/02/04/us/broad-powers-seen-for-obama-in-cyberstrikes.html?_r=0

President Obama has broad powers to use drones to kill Americans.  If Americans have taken up arms against the United States then they lose some of their rights to due process.  Just as Americans who challenge the police and threaten imminent danger to the police, the police have the right to shoot them in self defense.

In the asymmetrical warfare of the War on Terror the danger may not be instant, but can be real none the less.  An American planning a bomb attack is not an immediate danger to anyone until the bomb is done and maybe even planted.  If the person is training in a terrorist training camp he is not an immediate danger, but he certainly is there for the purpose of being able to kill Americans.

I think that in most cases if we would legally kill a foreign national we generally would have the right to kill an American in the same circumstances.  Americans who are working for foreign terrorist organizations need to know that their passport will not protect them from a Hellfire missile; that's the view from the Hysterical Right Wing.

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