Thursday, February 07, 2013
Drone strikes on Americans and constitutional authority
Just to clear up the whole drone/civilian issue: I don't care about killing US ex-patriots who're plotting against the US. it's not about the civilians. It's about the questionable constitutional authority of the executive branch to do that without due process.
Once you start tugging at strings of the constitutional fabric that underpins the country, then at some point the whole thing comes unraveled and then what does the term "constitutionality" even mean?
Do these people deserve to be killed? Yes, kill them! And I understand that they are in Yemen or where ever and cannot be arrested and tried....I get that, but I want to know under what constitutional authority the executive branch assumes the unilateral authority to execute American civilians with little more than a second-hand intelligence report about suspicious activities and acquaintances. No civilian panel of judges or jurors is involved to confer evidence-based guilt in absentia.....as a libertarian, I sort of have a problem with that.