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Drone killing must be examined

February 15, 2013

Penning suspected terrorists up at the Guantanamo Bay Naval Base in Cuba was a bad idea, President Barack Obama has said (although he has reneged on a promise to close the prison there)....

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Feb-15-13 10:53 AM

Right of due process is a constitutional right, guaranteed under the 14th amendment. In case you haven't noticed, this administration feels that the constitution has nothing to do with our country. They are in the process of "fundamentally changing" this country. Their disregard for human life, freedom and collateral damage is horrific.

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Feb-15-13 11:59 AM

I'm afraid I have to agree with designer that they disregard human life but must point out that this didn't start with Obama. No administration in the past 50 years has demonstrated any regard for human life.

PC, you said "Lawmakers of both parties have expressed serious reservations". Where do you find that info? There has been precious little opposition to drone based killing from the dems and none that I can find from the repubs, despite the fact that the GOP opposes obama on nearly every other issue. In fact lindsey Graham has expressed strong support for Obama's murderous drone program, calling drone killing one of the "highlights" of the administration's first term. He states that "Every member of Congress needs to get on board"

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Feb-15-13 12:33 PM

OMG the ADE Lead story is about a man with a Gun the End is near. Peter Crowley is celebrating the Gun culture in the North country. Peter and his BFF Prince Andrew must move now to confiscate these weapons of Mass Destruction. I'll bet money he won the silver with a 10 round Magazine!

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Feb-15-13 12:57 PM

maybe we could just wait until there's a Rebpublican in the white house, then this won't be an issue anymore.

I'm sure you are all familiar with the 9/11 Authorization for the Use of Military force legislation that was passed on Sept 14, 2001.

Due Process works in a domestic setting, the AUMF maintains boundaries for killing Terrorists, it's international law. I say the kill list isn't long enough.

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Feb-15-13 9:35 PM

147 drone strikes in northern Pakistan. Killed persons included 787 local men, 35 women and 24 children. The deceased also included 46 male foreigners and two female foreigners. Reclassifying all locals of combat age to be enemy combatants doesn't make it so. Brennan, during this week's hearings, refused to answer when asked whether the president has the right to use drone strikes on U.S. soil to kill American citizens. What about this 16-year-old boy, al-Awlaki’s son, that was killed, not in collateral damage but in a separate strike? An American boy who hadn't had any contact with his father for 3 years. Are there going to be any limits placed on who and where drone strikes can kill?

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Feb-16-13 12:53 AM

It seems I’m the last to know that President Obama must have made some sort of announcement along the lines of,

“My fellow Americans. There is no longer any rule of law in America. Feel free to murder anyone you think might be plotting against you. After all, that’s what we do here in the White House.”

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Feb-16-13 1:37 AM

FAA to create 6 drone test sites in US : “In a major step toward opening U.S. skies to thousands of unmanned drones, federal officials Thursday solicited proposals to create six drone test sites around the country.”

Privacy advocates worry that a proliferation of drones will lead to a "surveillance society" in which the movements of Americans are routinely monitored, tracked, recorded and scrutinized by the authorities.

The law also requires that the FAA allow drones wide access to U.S. airspace by 2015, but the agency is behind schedule, and it's doubtful it will meet the deadline, the Transportation Department's inspector general said in a report last year.

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