Thursday April 24, 2014
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We have military drones. Drones can kill people. One job of the military is to kill people. It should, of course, be the right people.
Question: Who makes the decision?
• On a battle field, the guy with the gun.
• Off the battlefield the Commander In Chief or whoever has the authority to push the button.
Question: Can the target be an American?
Question: Does 5th Amendment due process apply?
• If the person is within the U. S. and can be therefore be arrested and afforded all of his rights, of course it does.
• If the person is not in the United States, U. S. laws obviously do not apply.
Question for you: Do you really think that any American President, even the one we have now, is likely to order a strike on someone who has not fully earned that strike?
Another question for you: Having answered that question, why do you think all the huff-and-puff stuff is going on in Congress at the moment?
And a third question for you: If we turn war into a matter of civil rights legislation how do you think it will help us?
And the envelope please....
On the other hand, "drone killings" might be a good idea.
Killing the drones, I mean.
We do have drones in our society, you know.
Drones killing drones?
A quiet southern afternoon. Outside a sprawling mansion a sound fills the air.
Charlie: "Hey, Bo. What's that noise outside?"
"I dunno. Let's go look."
Charlie: "What is that?"
"I dunno. Wow! That's loud! That's noise pollution. I gotta write this down. I'm writing a new edition of The In...."
"Al? Hey, Bo? You okay? Medic! Medic!"
Would they let us do that?
Who would qualify as a drone...?
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