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American militants like Anwar al-Awlaki are placed on a kill or capture list by a secretive panel of senior government officials, which then informs the president of its decisions, according to officials.
There is no public record of the operations or decisions of the panel, which is a subset of the White House's National Security Council, several current and former officials said. Neither is there any law establishing its existence or setting out the rules by which it is supposed to operate
Originally posted by DavidsHope
reply to post by Surfrat
So we have a panel that answers to no one, and keeps no records, and decides who lives or dies,
American or not? I don't have a problem with taking out a terrorist overseas or even on American soil if they have spoken out in their own words to attack us. What I have a problem with is this panel answers basically to no one and keeps no records or at least records that no one will every see.
The problem truly lies in the question: Who really decides what and who a terrorist is? The government? They do the killing don't they? So if a someone gets a little aggressive in Occupy NY; Will the government declare them a terrorists and mark them as a target for elimation? Citizen or not? Where does all this stupidity come from?
edit on 6-10-2011 by DavidsHope because: (no reason given)edit on 6-10-2011 by DavidsHope because: (no reason given)
Originally posted by longtermprojectUntil a non terrorist is killed.... I don't care that this panel exists....
The people they have targetted so far have all been known terrorists.... there's been no secret that they wanted them dead, and they went out and killed them....
seriously, nothing wrong here, except the fact that these decisions should be made public after the order was fulfilled...edit on 6-10-2011 by longtermproject because: (no reason given)
Originally posted by Surfrat
Terrorists declared war on America long ago - they chose to wage war on us and we must respond to the challenge by destroying them every chance we get. The terrorists waging war against America that are American citizens are a greater danger to America than most other terrorists because of their access to every target in America. Killing terrorists ensures that no Americans will be held hostage by terrorist groups hoping to free a captured terrorist - any American citizen that joins the terrorist groups is a traitor to America and deserves nothing better than to be shot down like a dog. To keep it simple - the best way to keep America safe from terrorism is to kill all the terrorists...