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Due Process Delivered by Drones

geotay Wrote: Feb 13, 2013 2:55 PM
You mean the folks dancing in the streets when they get news of deliberate attacks on known-to-be innocent civilians by al-Qaeda?

When President Obama approves a drone strike against someone he identifies as a terrorist, John Brennan explained at his confirmation hearing last week, the missile fired from that unmanned aircraft is delivering prevention, not punishment.

"We only take such actions as a last resort to save lives when there's no other alternative," said Brennan, the counterterrorism adviser Obama has picked to run the CIA.

A Justice Department white paper leaked a few days before Brennan's hearing likewise describes death by drone as an "act of national self-defense," part of an "armed conflict" with al-Qaida and its allies. Yet the white paper...