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    Assassination Drones are OK or morally questionable?

    Drones are being used frequently for assassinations , attacks, spying, etc. I'm really seeking opinions on the drones used for assassinations.

    Personally, I approve of this method against proven "terrorists," and consider it poetic justice because of the nature of their work where they blend back into their normal society. The spy/attack drone can spot this behaviour and resolve the ambiguity with extreme prejudice. I'm OK with that and think it a clever solution to the difficulty of identifying terrorists. I'm trying to see if others agree with this position or even if I am missing some moral issue in the mental gymnastics.

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    Re: Assassination Drones are OK or morally questionable?

    Yes as long as it is not used domestically.

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    Re: Assassination Drones are OK or morally questionable?

    I have no problem with their use against terrorists, either foreign or domestic. Their use helps keeps for the most part American GI's out of harms way. Although there are times I wonder if the U.S. wouldn't benefit more if some of these targeted terrorist were captured for the intel they could provide. Risk and reward should be used to decide whether to go after the terrorist with a drone or to attempt to capture them.
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    Re: Assassination Drones are OK or morally questionable?

    If the Arabs are not killing each other fast enough, then the use of the drones is sorely needed. If they will cooperate with our policies and kill each other in great numbers and at higher rates of speed than usual, then the drones are a redundancy, but perhaps a needed one for the specific target that is stubbornly avoiding the crosshairs.

    It seems a little odd that the Leftists who would shed crocodile tears for the imprisoned in Gitmo are silent on the execution absent due process for the assassinated Arabs and Islamists. Maybe only odd if one is to expect an even handed, apolitical approach to moral judgements.

    There is a strange silence on the lack of due process and the incursion into sovereign states against whom we are not at war and against whom we impudently ply this crime.

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    Re: Assassination Drones are OK or morally questionable?

    Quote Originally Posted by Perotista View Post
    I have no problem with their use against terrorists, either foreign or domestic. Their use helps keeps for the most part American GI's out of harms way. Although there are times I wonder if the U.S. wouldn't benefit more if some of these targeted terrorist were captured for the intel they could provide. Risk and reward should be used to decide whether to go after the terrorist with a drone or to attempt to capture them.
    I didn't address the "domestic" issue and probably should have. The definition of a domestic terrorist can be pretty elusive and the potential for abuse/misuse by the political element is a complicated issue. The Gov't can usually manage to turn any issue "FUBAR." For that reason, I am opposed to domestic drones.

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    Re: Assassination Drones are OK or morally questionable?

    No, they shouldn't be used at all.

    Too much collateral damage with them. I don't think it is worth it to kill innocent people for one terrorist. I do not like the idea of it at all.

    Domestically, it is an abomination of our Constitutional Rights and a complete over reach of power by the government.
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    Re: Assassination Drones are OK or morally questionable?

    Quote Originally Posted by DaveFagan View Post
    I didn't address the "domestic" issue and probably should have. The definition of a domestic terrorist can be pretty elusive and the potential for abuse/misuse by the political element is a complicated issue. The Gov't can usually manage to turn any issue "FUBAR." For that reason, I am opposed to domestic drones.
    I understand that, a drone's use on domestic soil would have to occur under the right circumstances. But I wouldn't rule it out just because it is domestic soil. We Americans are a finicky bunch when it comes to security. If we see something that is considered heavy handed, use of too much power, we get all over the police or in this case, probably the military and the president who authorized it. But if the terrorist happens to escape and blows something up, those same Americans would be hollering and jumping up and down demanding to know why more force wasn’t used.
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    Re: Assassination Drones are OK or morally questionable?

    While I was in the service, I participated in a number of SAR missions in Vietnam - generally as an air controller. Some were successful, some were not. Anything which kills bad guys at no risk to american soldiers or airmen is OK with me. Yes, sometimes innocents pay a price. But that's been the nature of warfare since time began. I would argue that drones actually lessen the chances of civilian casualties as compared to other methods.

    The only alternative is to let these vermin hide in their holes, safe from any threat. That is unacceptable.
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    Re: Assassination Drones are OK or morally questionable?

    I'm opposed to them because they WILL be used Domestically and I'm kind of big on that whole "every person deserves the right to a trial, innocent until proven guilty" thing.
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    Re: Assassination Drones are OK or morally questionable?

    I don't have a problem with them. I support assassinations if it means less battles will take place that result in civilian deaths.

    I fully support drones and getting intelligence by using them.
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