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Thread: Should the President be able to drone strikes on Americans in the USA

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    Re: Should the President be able to drone strikes on Americans in the USA

    Quote Originally Posted by SuperFan99 View Post
    I don't believe that's what's going on. My understanding is that Rand is currently filibustering the nomination of CIA director nominee, John Brennan, until he gets definitive answers from the White House regarding the subject. But I don't believe there's any actual bill on the floor. He had discussions with Eric Holder on it and was simply left with more questions.

    I could be wrong, though.
    You are correct. I tried to correct and clarify above. This is not legislation. It is in opposition to having a head of the CIA stating such opinion of his practice if he becomes Director of the CIA - and it IS specifically about DRONE STRIKES on the USA soil. This topic has come to a head as the Department of Homeland Security is ordering many, many drones specifically for usage within the USA. Most people know these drones can be armed with missiles.

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    Re: Should the President be able to drone strikes on Americans in the USA

    Quote Originally Posted by SuperFan99 View Post
    Does it even have anything to do with John Brennan personally? I thought it was specifically about Holder and Obama's responses to Rand's questions about U.S. drone strikes.

    I will try to explore more specific details. It does seem the focus is primarily on Holder's comments. For example, it was asked of Holder 3 times if an American suspected of terrorist plans was merely sitting at a cafe in USA eating dinner not presenting any imminent threat, could that person be killed then and there by a drone strike. 3 times Holder ducked answering the question. The 4th time, the U.S. AG said it was a question of ediquette.

    This could be resolved by clear legal ruling/written opinion that the US Constitution will not allow the government to order an assassination or killing a US citizen on USA UNLESS that citizen poised an imminent danger to the life of others. With that, this would conclude. Why is that a problem?
    Last edited by joko104; 03-06-13 at 04:16 PM.

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    Re: Should the President be able to drone strikes on Americans in the USA

    I think Rand also asked Obama if he thought Holder's comments about hypothetical U.S. drone strikes were possible, and the answer he got was along the lines of, "Well, I haven't killed anyone that way yet."

    Nice.

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