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Drone Double Standard

RichardsKY Wrote: Feb 07, 2013 8:29 AM
Seems to me these drone killings are, pure and simple, assassinations. Assassinations using precisely aimed bombs instead of guns. And, have we given any thought to the bystanders who lose their lives in the process?
Jay Wye Wrote: Feb 07, 2013 11:23 AM
it's not "assassination" to kill in war,and we ARE fighting a war against these terrorists.
Awlaki was one of those terrorists.

In any war,it's OK to kill the enemy Generals who send out the actual soldiers,the planners,and to kill the recruiters and trainers back at camp.

An unsigned and undated Justice Department white paper, obtained by NBC News, reports The New York Times, " the most detailed analysis yet to come into public view regarding the Obama legal team's views about the lawfulness of killing, without a trial, an American citizen who executive branch officials decide is an operational leader of Al Qaeda or one of its allies."

The proviso is they must pose "an imminent threat of violent attack against the United States." If "an informed, high-level official" of the government decides they are a threat, the paper says, and if capture is not feasible, they...