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Drone Lobbyist Objects to Word "Drone"

None1257 Wrote: Mar 25, 2013 12:05 PM
The relevant questions are. Do the use of drones sometimes kill non-combatants? If they do kill non-combatants, when is it acceptable to kill non-combatants and when is it not acceptable? When is it a war crime to kill non-combatants, and when is it not a war crime to kill non-combatants?
bigdog_137 Wrote: Mar 26, 2013 10:43 AM
1. Yes.
2. It is never "acceptable" to kill noncombatants.
3. It is illegal to deliberately target noncombatants or harm them deliberately.

The use of unmanned aerial vehicles in the United States' counterterrorism measures has come under intense scrutiny, most prominently during Sen. Rand Paul's marathon filibuster on March 6. Sen. Paul raised the issue with regard to the Obama Administration potentially using the tactic within the legal boundaries of the United States, and against American citizens abroad.

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