Pretty shameful that the government turned its back on its duty to protect American citizens; but it's also pretty shameful that the guy was probably turning his back on the U.S. by aiding terrorist plots.
If he was working in a terrorist compound that got bombed then I say oh well.
He probably was a scumbag terrorist, but he was still an American citizen. Since when can the government choose to kill a citizen without due process?
I could certainly understand it if he had been in Afghanistan or Pakistan and was actively waging war on us...but why was this necessary? Yemen is one of our allies. If we had evidence that he had been involved in a crime, couldn't we just get Yemen to extradite him? If they were incapable of arresting him, we have some special ops that could do it.
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Maybe there was some urgent reason that they had to take him out right away. I'm sure he's not the only U.S. citizen abroad who is involved in terrorist activities, but we don't see all of them being targetted.
Yes the CIA will provide a case in court if necessary, but honestly, who cares? One guy died. The family is looked after and trying a case based on emotions for the death of a family member of friend is not objective really as there are emotions involved, and that means that they can be overcome, well in this case anyway, as if they died from old age but a lot quicker. They have to deal with it sometime...
This idea that people have that it is 'unconstitutional' for the U.S. government to green light assassinations on declared and proven enemies of the state is based on a fictitious sense of just what the constitution does. The U.S. government has been doing this sort of thing since the creation of the constitution.
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