reply to post by OtherSideOfTheCoin
Essentially he is being asked how the CIA justifies the killing of Americans connected to terrorism who cannot be detained yet still present a risk to
It certainly is a fair question. Let me give you my view on this issue.
First, over the last 40 or so years, peoples' view of what a terrorist certainly have varied greatly.
For instance, at times our government has labeled the oil embargoes of the 1970's terrorists acts. Would they have sent drones over those
governments' sites, if such drones had existed? In addition, for decades, our government labeled Mubarak a friend, and only when the administration
change, did we turn and call him a terrorist. Likewise, we provided aid and support to Osama Bin Ladin, when he was fighting in Afghanistan against
the Russians, but when that war ended, we then labeled him a terrorist, even though what he was doing then was not so different from what he did
afterward, leaving out the 911 issue, which has been discussed ad nauseam on ATS.
Since most "targets" of drones have not been given a trial, we must accept the word of the government that they are indeed terrorists, and that is
not what our country stands for.
I need not repeat the heroic words of Pastor Niemöller in Nazi Germany.
Furthermore, as stated, drone attacks kill more innocent civilians than intended targets, even when the target has been properly identified as a
Understand, I have no problem with executing a terrorist, proven as such in a fair trial. However, at what point, do you think government officials
will stop, in terms of who they identify as terrorists? I am very concerned with that issue, and given the polarized nature of our country over the
last two decades or so, terrorism has become defined by what party is in office.
This should concern every American, because today you may be considered a model citizen, but tomorrow, you may be labeled a terrorist, even though
your actions and beliefs have not changed. Terrorism is like beauty, in that it is in the eyes of the beholder.