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    U.S. Memo Outlines Rationale for Drone Strikes on Citizens

    The U.S. government can kill an American citizen abroad if that person is plotting to attack Americans and U.S. authorities can't apprehend them, according to a newly declassified government memo. The document laid out the legal rationale for a drone-missile strike that killed terror suspect Anwar al-Awlaki in Yemen in 2011.

    The 2010 memo, which a court released Monday, has been at the heart of a debate about the legality of the U.S. government ordering deadly force from a drone against a U.S. citizen overseas. The strike that killed Mr. Awlaki also killed Samir Khan, a U.S. citizen who edited the terrorist magazine Inspire.
    U.S. Memo Outlines Rationale for Drone Strikes on Citizens - WSJ

    So very interesting. Scary. Good. Bad. Interesting.
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    Re: U.S. Memo Outlines Rationale for Drone Strikes on Citizens

    Quote Originally Posted by Blue_State View Post
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    So very interesting. Scary. Good. Bad. Interesting.
    I have no problem with it. Regardless of where one is born, if they are a terrorist and an enemy of the United States, targeting them overseas is just fine with me.
    This Reform Party member thinks it is high past time that we start electing Americans to congress and the presidency who put America first and their political party further down the line. But for way too long we have been electing Republicans and Democrats who happen to be Americans instead of Americans who happen to be Republicans and Democrats.

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    Re: U.S. Memo Outlines Rationale for Drone Strikes on Citizens

    Quote Originally Posted by Blue_State View Post
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    So very interesting. Scary. Good. Bad. Interesting.
    How would you see lethal force by the police, when a domestic criminal will not give up? Within the country there is less reason, of course. And all the terrorist citizen must do is give himself up.

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    Re: U.S. Memo Outlines Rationale for Drone Strikes on Citizens

    Quote Originally Posted by Blue_State View Post
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    So very interesting. Scary. Good. Bad. Interesting.
    This means that our government can kill any American they want by fiat, on just their say so, without a trial, and without having to present evidence. This alone should be considered grounds for Obama's impeachment.
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    Re: U.S. Memo Outlines Rationale for Drone Strikes on Citizens

    Quote Originally Posted by Perotista View Post
    I have no problem with it. Regardless of where one is born, if they are a terrorist and an enemy of the United States, targeting them overseas is just fine with me.
    Is the person really a terrorist, or are you content to just take the government's word for it? This is why trial by a jury is ingrained into our Constitution.
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    Re: U.S. Memo Outlines Rationale for Drone Strikes on Citizens

    Quote Originally Posted by danarhea View Post
    Is the person really a terrorist, or are you content to just take the government's word for it? This is why trial by a jury is ingrained into our Constitution.
    I think overseas, actions speak louder than words.
    This Reform Party member thinks it is high past time that we start electing Americans to congress and the presidency who put America first and their political party further down the line. But for way too long we have been electing Republicans and Democrats who happen to be Americans instead of Americans who happen to be Republicans and Democrats.

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    Re: U.S. Memo Outlines Rationale for Drone Strikes on Citizens

    Quote Originally Posted by Perotista View Post
    I think overseas, actions speak louder than words.
    I would like to think that our Constitution is more than just words. It's a long slippery slope once you start shredding it.
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    Re: U.S. Memo Outlines Rationale for Drone Strikes on Citizens

    Quote Originally Posted by danarhea View Post
    This means that our government can kill any American they want by fiat, on just their say so, without a trial, and without having to present evidence. This alone should be considered grounds for Obama's impeachment.
    I agreed all the way up until the impeach obama butthurt rage. I do believe these people should be given trial before just being killed.
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    Re: U.S. Memo Outlines Rationale for Drone Strikes on Citizens

    Quote Originally Posted by danarhea View Post
    I would like to think that our Constitution is more than just words. It's a long slippery slope once you start shredding it.
    I think our constitution has been shredded a lot whole lot longer ago than just this.
    This Reform Party member thinks it is high past time that we start electing Americans to congress and the presidency who put America first and their political party further down the line. But for way too long we have been electing Republicans and Democrats who happen to be Americans instead of Americans who happen to be Republicans and Democrats.

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    Re: U.S. Memo Outlines Rationale for Drone Strikes on Citizens

    Quote Originally Posted by danarhea View Post
    This means that our government can kill any American they want by fiat, on just their say so, without a trial, and without having to present evidence. This alone should be considered grounds for Obama's impeachment.
    Yep. When government can turn the IRS into an attack dog for it's 'foes', how far are we from boatloads of Waco's where government says 'those guys were planning terrorism'? What really should bring both 'sides' together against this stuff, is that who is in charge changes over time, so while 'your guy' might have the power now, eventually the force and corruption of government will turn…
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