John Brennan and the case for drones

  • Article by: EDITORIAL , Chicago Tribune
  • Updated: February 9, 2013 - 6:45 PM

We need drones now more than ever.

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omnipresentFeb. 9, 13 6:52 PM

From the article: "[The memo] requires that 'an informed, high-level' American official determine that the targeted terrorist 'poses an imminent threat of violent attack against the United States.' It requires that officials determine that the target cannot be captured." What's the memo definition of "imminent"? What are the criteria for determining that the target cannot be captured? Where in our foundational documents is the High Office of Investigator-Prosecutor-Judge-Jury-Executioner authorized?

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monkeyplanetFeb. 10, 13 8:46 AM

Editorials like this are just evidence of creeping fascism in America. Notice the unspoken assumption is that everyone identified as a "terrorist" by a faceless "US official" is deemed automatically guilty. No need for a judge or a jury. We've already killed one US citizen and his 16-year-old son in this manner. Moreover, drone warfare is being practiced in a number of countries where the US has only a limited military presence - not just in Iraq or Afghanistan. I wonder how soon American citizens will start being killed on American soil?

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pumiceFeb. 10, 13 9:38 AM

Re: "I wonder how soon American citizens will start being killed on American soil [by drones]?" My knee-jerk reaction is to reply "Never." But when a topic is not discussed openly, honestly, and thoroughly--as is the case with drones--we are left with nothing but knee-jerk reactions. There's no basis for informed opinion: "Trust us--drones are effective. Discussion over."

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hawkeye56379Feb. 10, 1310:08 AM

"Where in our foundational documents is the High Office of Investigator-Prosecutor-Judge-Jury-Executioner authorized?"-------- It isn't. But it's easy enough to find where the position of Commander-in-Chief of the military is authorized. This is not law enforcement as you seem to think, it's the use of military force against al Qaeda.

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obstakesFeb. 10, 1310:25 AM

I understand and support the advantages this technology brings to hunting down foreign leaders of our enemy. But, when an American citizen is targeted and killed without due process, NOWHERE does the POTUS have the authority. Every free American should be against the intentional targeting of an American citizen,without due process, period. If you allow this adminisration license to kill citizens, the next one may be more aggressive and decide it is ok to kill Americans here at home and then claim national security when questioned. If you think it couldn't happen here, you trust the strangers who are running it now more than I do.

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firefight41Feb. 10, 1310:57 AM

Where in our foundational documents is the High Office of Investigator-Prosecutor-Judge-Jury-Executioner authorized?"-------- It isn't. But it's easy enough to find where the position of Commander-in-Chief of the military is authorized. This is not law enforcement as you seem to think, it's the use of military force against al Qaeda. *********** When did the CIA become part of the military?

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firefight41Feb. 10, 1310:59 AM

Just do not use drones to target Americans, and that includes Americans that are suspected of being al Qaeda.

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davehougFeb. 10, 13 3:01 PM

Drones save innocent lives because every other option kills more innocents. Ground troops and fire fights demolish whole neighborhoods, NOT stopping bad guys gets girls killed for going to school and worse.

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hawkeye56379Feb. 10, 1310:40 PM

Firefight41: The drones are operated by Air Force personnel that are very much a part of the military.

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firefight41Feb. 11, 1312:33 PM

White wash it all you want, this administration is authorizing the murdering of Americans.

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