I don't particularly like the idea of killing an American citizen without charges, trial, or conviction, especially when said citizen is not actively targeting U.S. citizens or allies at the time of their death.
We captured Sadam and let his people put him on trial. We captured the 9/11 masterminds. We actually tried to have them tried in non-military courts for their crimes. We captured and provided medical care for the asshole who killed soldiers at Ft. Hood. We arrested, detained, and charged all of those attempted bombers that the FBI set-up in Dallas, Chicago, and New York.
Yet we go overseas and target somebody (a minor, no less) via drone attack because they are allegedly members of a terrorist group? How dangerous was this 16 year old boy that we couldn't utilized our partnership with Yemeni officials to have him captured and extradited? Further, how can we ever be assured that these methods won't be utilized within our own borders? The govt. is already using drone technology for "surveillance". How much harder would it be to arm and target one to use against a perceived threat?
It's a fine line, and I think we're a hair's width away from crossing it if we haven't already.
"Hmmm...Can't decide if I want to watch "Four Houses" or give myself an Icy Hot pee hole enema..." - Blake Shelton
There is no constitutional authority for the Prez to do what he has done. I challenge anybody to provide such authority in the document. It ain't there.
People can try to rationalize these illegal actions, as they will, but the fact is the actions of the government are illegal both under the Constitution, and under international law. We are, in fact, committing war crimes.
The american political system is rather admiring the Emperor's New Clothes.
I'm not sure which is worse: seemingly indiscriminate killings by drone strike or refusal to use them to protect our consulate. Both amount to murder as far as I'm concerned. I hear it's good to be king, evidently it excuses all kinds of behavior. Right now I'd be happy to have a horny guy back in office, at least the payload he's delivering isn't fatal.
In the case of domestic drones, whether they be surveillance or attack drones, what do you suppose the penalty would be to a citizen who took one down? We have laws against illegal search (in theory) so the drones would be instruments of illegal activity.