February 24, 2013
Drones and Due Process: A Contrary View from a Tea Party 'Extremist'
Most of the talk about Obama's use of drones to kill terrorists has focused on the killing in Yemen of two Americans: Anwar al-Awlaki and then his teenage son two weeks later. To date, so far as we know, Obama has issued kill orders only for Islamic terrorists in far-off lands. While liberals and conservatives scramble to justify or vilify, few Americans are terribly concerned. And yet, they should be. The Obama administration has released a White Paper that speaks only of targeting senior operational leaders of al-Qaeda or an associated force of al-Qaeda. Yet this document leaves the door open to a chilling expansion of the use of drones to kill other Americans (emphasis supplied): The paper does not attempt to determine the minimum requirements necessary to render such an operation lawful; nor does it assess what might be required to render a lethal operation against a U.S. citizen lawful in other circumstances, including an operation against...(Read Full Article)