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Should Obama use a drone or special operations personnel to take out a terrorist?

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Since we have changed our tactics, we have become very successful against terrorist groups worldwide, so yes we should keep it up. That being said, we must always continue the debate on legality, morality, and ethics if we are to remain a nation led by the rule of law.

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DLR84
If it was Bush you would be bashing him. - Disgusting Liberal double standard.
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You read in your own perceptions too much. I was in Afghanistan in 2001 to 2004, we were attempting to fight criminals through conventional warfare, it was a failure. Bush was guilty of distracting needed resources into a second war we all knew was not justified, even then we had enough intelligence at hand to make that determination, but we are soldiers and carried on with the mission at hand. It wasn't until 2009 that we began the "RICO" style of following the money and the leadership that we began to see increased results. Now the FBI, CIA, and various other groups along with our SO forces are winning the fight.
Chose your own politics I'm merely stating the facts.
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I agree with you Caluvox. I only have a problem when drones are used to take out American citizens without out due process. That scares me and others, that some high ranking servant can decide who is guilty and kill them without trial. That is not who we are. As far as taking out the enemy, drones are a fantastic help and save American life's.
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Agreed Red, That was why I mentioned the second part of my answer.
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Stars cal!
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wickedpissah

Yes.

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candybar

Yup.

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If it can be proven that a threat is eminent then all necessary steps should be taken to protect America and its citizens.

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Without a trial if they are American?
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If it can be proven that a threat is eminent, yes.
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I agree with that Adolf. But that memo that was released didn't say that.
Is it right to kill a citizen because they might be a terrorist?
My opinion is yes, kill them if they are proven to be plotting an attack or are in the midst of attacking. But to have some high ranking servant make that decision without due process is illegal. And this only applies to a citizen of the US, which affords him special rights, whether we agree or not.
It should scare everyone. Left, right or in the middle. We are either a nation of laws or there is no law. Can't pick and choose like recent administrations have been doing, not just Obama.
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I am aware of the memo but the question I answered did not make mention of said memo. For the record I am completely against the vagueness of this memo and potential for unnecessary killing of humans
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'Merica

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Not if they are an American and not in the act of carrying out an assault or terrorist act. We do have rights in this country. If we allowed that who's to say who is a terrorist or not? They "could" say someone who protest or belongs to the Tea Party or the NAACP is one.

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Notice the Libs think its fine now, if it was Bush the media & Liberals would be totally bashing him.
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Well Obama can do no wrong don't cha know?
They do forget that some day another president might consider them a terrorist.
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I notice DL that you shut up after accusing cal of being a "disgusting liberal" and had your butt handed to you.
If an American citizen is in an al Qaida camp, let him kiss his @ss goodbye.
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Tea Party, Terrorist. Quite similar.
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lurch you are somewhat mis guided with your tea party remark. Each time we kill one with a drone that's lost integration about other terrorist or terrorist acts.
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Lurch, another president might say liberal= terrorist. Do you really think any high ranking servant should be judge,jury and executioner of an American citizen? Then why hasn't the movie theater mass shooter guy been killed yet? We all know he is guilty.
Less we all forget, we do have a Constitution our servants swear to defend. We all have the right to a trial and all that goes with it. All citizens that is.
Enemy combatants that are not citizens...bomb away.
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Boo did that guy in a terrorist camp have the constitutional right to a trial? I am only talking about those who are not in the act of a terrorist attack. If he is just in the camp, he could be there for other reasons. A trial by jury would figure that out as is all citizens right. To have a high ranking servant make that decision, is illegal.
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Kind of late to ask, isn't it?
I mean, we've already been doing it for years.

And if they're an American on foreign soil ... they aren't subject to the same Constitutional protections as on American soil. Sorry, but that has been a fact since we've been a nation.

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Really? I didn't know that you are not an American if you are not in America. Hmmmm. What would you be then?
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The Constitution does not apply outside American territory.
The same way Mexican law does not apply outside Mexico.

That's why embassies and military bases are deemed to be part of the territory of the country that owns them - rather than part of the country that they are in.

Exampe: an American arrested in (say) Canada is subject to Canadian law. You can't claim a 2nd Amendment right in Canada, just because you're an American citizen.
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yes i think so

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