Support grows for U.S. "drone court" to review lethal strikes

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cyke1 wrote:

If they are inside US boarders then can just arrest them, if they are outside the country and found to be helping terrorists. IMO they are not US citizens anymore and should be dealt with like any other terrorist should be. either a missile or a bullet to the head. No trail or anything. Save the tax payer $.

Feb 08, 2013 7:47pm EST  --  Report as abuse
artvet2 wrote:

Where in the law of the land does the President have the right to decide on his own who lives and who dies? This man Obama swears he will not water board a terrorist, but he will easily launch a missile to kill him AND his family – oops, sorry, collateral damage! Please explain leftist liberals.

Feb 08, 2013 7:58pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Bagehot wrote:

1. How much clearance does the WH give the court to make its case. includes clerks? interns?
2. What if the court says no and the POTUS does the hit anyway? what exactly would they do about it?
3.what if another court (e.g. the hague) wants to overrule the yanks? does the drone just circle around the terr while it’s sorted out?
the aclu guy is right: another layer of law is unnecessary.

sometimes it’s better to ask forgiveness than permission. sometimes it’s better to ask for neither.

Feb 08, 2013 8:02pm EST  --  Report as abuse
ARJTurgot2 wrote:

England expects every man to stand around and talk about it. Really, our allies need to step up or shut up.

Feb 08, 2013 8:52pm EST  --  Report as abuse
McBob08 wrote:

Drone attacks are terrorism, no matter where they take place. Despite the American Government’s constant investment in foreign terrorism over the past 65 years, terrorism is not in line with the values of America. Thus, the only legislation that would bring drone attacks into line with American values is one that utterly bans any use of drones for anything except surveillance. Unmanned drones carrying missiles is terrorism, plain and simple. All a person has to do is have one anonymous person report them as a suspected terrorist, and they could be the subject of a drone attack. In fact, all they have to do is be adjacent to someone suspected of being an insurgent and they could get killed in the splash damage that is being the dubious logic of calling a missile a “surgical strike”.

Feb 08, 2013 10:44pm EST  --  Report as abuse
McBob08 wrote:

@artvet2: Simple; Obama isn’t a liberal leftist. He’s a complete conservative. He’s just not totally insane, so he looks leftist to the right-wing fringe extremists who are screaming in the media.

Feb 08, 2013 10:51pm EST  --  Report as abuse
StigTW wrote:

The opener says it all ‘approve suspected militants for targeting’, no proof no sentencing no justice just assassination. I suppose Justice is something only in American Hollywood movies… a sick system.

Feb 08, 2013 11:15pm EST  --  Report as abuse
ochun005 wrote:

Creating courts to legitimize the government’s right to kill people who are afforded no rights to defend themselves against said action? We’ve come a long way…

Feb 08, 2013 11:35pm EST  --  Report as abuse
randburg100 wrote:

“in a confidential and top-secret way, make the case that this American citizen is an enemy combatant, and at least that would be … some check on the activities of the executive.”

I note it doesn’t say WHERE the american citizen is…so all you gun nuts in the US…just wait until obamamamamamamamama uses this on YOU! The US is turning out to be a truly frightening place – I am waiting for the country’s borders to be sealed a la North Korea….that’s next.

Get out….while you still can…..there’s a whole world out there….might have to get used to no 1 gallon buckets of fizzy pop & 5lb burgers..but you’ll adapt…..oh & leave the 500 machine guns behind..they’re not needed in the real world…

Feb 09, 2013 1:32am EST  --  Report as abuse
ralphos wrote:

That is because the CIA Army Air Force and Marines is not good enough.
ROFLMAO A court the beacon of horse sht.

Feb 09, 2013 2:13am EST  --  Report as abuse
zeddd wrote:

Liberty has never come from the government. Liberty has always come from the subjects of it. The history of liberty is the history of resistance. The history of liberty is a history of limitations of governmental power, not the increase of it.
Woodrow Wilson, Speech, New York, September 9, 1912

Feb 09, 2013 2:59am EST  --  Report as abuse
NeilMcGowan wrote:

Drone Court??

No, I’d settle for the HAGUE COURT and let’s see Barry O’Bomber, Diane Feinstein and John Brennan tried there for crimes against humanity – as soon as possible.

Feb 09, 2013 4:57am EST  --  Report as abuse
NeilMcGowan wrote:

No wonder the United States is the most hated country in the world.

You deserve everything that has been done to you. Everything.

Feb 09, 2013 4:59am EST  --  Report as abuse
NorthStarMan wrote:

A court will only get in the way and endanger allied lives.Drones are great, especially when dealing with terrorists. No manpower required on the ground, so no US/NATO casualties, instant execution to blow these guys to their alleged paradise where 24 virgins are waiting.

Feb 09, 2013 8:15am EST  --  Report as abuse
JamVee wrote:

The US is in a WAR, and enemies must be killed! It’s all pretty simple! We already have too many rules governing how we can fight our enemies, AND THEY HAVE NO RULES!

All the other countries that don’t like our methods, let them send their own armies, or, if they already participate, then send a lot more of their soldiers.

Feb 09, 2013 8:37am EST  --  Report as abuse
usagadfly wrote:

If drones are legal, why not use them inside the borders of the USA? All of our other laws, such as the “Internal” Revenue Service, operate disregarding borders. If we let them take our guns, we should let them take our lives for whatever reason they might have.

Trust the Government. They would never do wrong or make a mistake. Wink wink.

Feb 09, 2013 5:39pm EST  --  Report as abuse
xyz2055 wrote:

Long live the drones! These people attacked our country without provocation and killed thousands of innocent American’s simply going about their daily lives. Their were women and children on those jets. What about their rights? And they continue to kill innocent people around the world We need to take care and be mindful of collateral damage in these attacks. But currently it isn’t safe to be a terrorist in these third world middle eastern countries. And that’s a good thing! JamVee has it right. We are at war. Drones have proven to be our most effective attack against these cockroaches.

Feb 09, 2013 8:58pm EST  --  Report as abuse
xcanada2 wrote:

We romp around the world killing hundreds of thousands of people in trumped up wars. starving people to death with our sanctions, creating disfigured babies from our depleted uranium shells, melting people with our white phosphorus. And all we need is a few thousand of our own killed ever 10-20 years to keep the whole process going, poring our dollars into the pockets of the war mongers.

To be clear, I find drone killers, operators sitting around in air-conditioned rooms sipping Coke, with zero risk to themselves, to be unmanly, and unworthy of my county. To me, it is inhuman.

As regards being a leftist, I could not bring myself to vote for an assassin.

Feb 09, 2013 9:40pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Cyberblunt wrote:

Terrorist deserves the worst! We have lost some many freedoms and now they are killing our people tho they are lost with no review by any other branch. This is the price of freedom every citizen has to be tried by there peers no matter how lost. I think that persons State should be involved in that trial.

Feb 09, 2013 9:45pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Cyberblunt wrote:

Terrorist deserves the worst! We have lost some many freedoms and now they are killing our people tho they are lost with no review by any other branch. This is the price of freedom every citizen has to be tried by there peers no matter how lost. I think that persons State should be involved in that trial.

Feb 09, 2013 9:45pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Gigimoderate wrote:

If you are a terrorist in the US or aboard and you have killed or are planning to kill Innocent Americans then yes…..I support our President!

Feb 10, 2013 12:08am EST  --  Report as abuse
TheNewWorld wrote:


Maybe I think you are planning to kill Innocent Americans because you belong to a political group that does not agree with me. I think I better send a drone over to kill you. Anyone in favor of the Executive branch having authority to kill American citizens with no trial, and without answering to anyone, needs to take a long look at the history of the 1900s.

Feb 10, 2013 9:17pm EST  --  Report as abuse
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