posted on Apr, 26 2013 @ 11:33 AM
Originally posted by Nephalim
What they've been trying to do is distinguish terrorists from the average person or US citizen. And its likely that they wanted to avoid having to
do that in the first place because apparently, a terrorist could possibly be anyone.
Until the US lawmakers and congress ect, along with the people decide exactly what a terrorist is TOGETHER, you're going to see # like this and major
eff ups in law enforcement and government decision making.
No...even when the terrorists are home grown on American soil, armed drones are not OK.
Even the legal opinion that the Obama Administration solicited specifies this.
The distinction is "extra-judicial"....NOT who is a terrorist.
Extra-Judicial essentially means outside the bounds of US Laws and Law Enforcement agents.
In Somalia...they do not, nor are they obligated to recognize US Laws...EX: the government of Somalia does not enforce US Laws...nor are they
obligated to recognize warrants, indictments, evidence, laws etc of the USA any more than we are obligated to apply Somalian law here...So they have
no obligation to arrest a known terrorist, nor allow the USA to do the same on thier soil. ..."Extra Judicial"
So when the USA has very strong evidence to believe that someone has killed Americans, co-ordinated terrorist attacks or is in the process of doing
so...and they are in a leadership position with the capability of executing the plan...and they are "Extra-Judicial"...outside the reach of US Law
Enforcement and our laws...then an armed drone strike is considered.
In the USA...On US SOIL...that is not "Extra Judicial"...it is the precise opposite...and whether someone is suspected of being a terrorist, robber,
serial killer etc. is meaningless....They are on US Soil, subject to US Laws and US Law Enforcement agencies...they can be apprehended and tried
within the US Justice system. Absent "Extra-Judicial" there is no warranting armed drones...even Drone proponents strongly believe this.
What Rand suggests is even opposed by the Obama administration and thier legal team as outlined in the Memo that was leaked.
"Extra-Judicial" is a neccessary condition before even considering an armed drone strike.