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Drone Double Standard

SdAufKla Wrote: Feb 07, 2013 8:28 PM
Good point on the hypocrisy. BTW: Treating the terrorists like combatants instead of like criminals only creates a sovereign authority out of thin air - a sovereign power that they can claim is the legitimacy for their "war" against Western ideology. They should all be treated like the criminal SOB's that they are. Treating them like soldiers is an insult to soldiers.

An unsigned and undated Justice Department white paper, obtained by NBC News, reports The New York Times, "...is 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...