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US Officials Debate Launching Drone Strike On American Citizen


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By Russell Brandom on February 10, 2014 09:00 am

An American member of al-Qaeda has been identified and located in a hostile nation, and according to a new report by the Associated Press, the Obama administration is struggling with the legal implications of killing him. According to the report, the CIA has determined the suspect is actively plotting attacks in a nation that refuses US military action on its soil, but is waiting on a Justice Department review before taking any action. The Pentagon has already approved the use of lethal force.

The idea of a drone strike on an American citizen has faced challenges before, both from Congress and from federal judges, under claims that the program would circumvent the constitutional right to due process. In May, the president issued new oversight for drone strikes and a higher standard for the use of lethal force, both of which will be tested in the current case. The case also mirrors a 2009 strike against cleric Anwar al-Awlaki, the only previous American citizen to have been targeted and killed by drone strike.

http://www.theverge.com/2014/2/10/5397306/us-officials-struggle-with-possible-drone-strike-on-american-citizen

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as i see it this so called citizen is part of a group of hot heads that has declared war on the usa and the west... so the USA should be able to give him the same as he wishes to give to them

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At the End, the Decision will be that Safety for the Country will always come First - meaning Lives of Millions of People is more valuable than that of One Terrorist's .. I do not think they are waiting for any Legal Green lights .. Maybe they have not yet Pin-Pointed the Exact Location of the said Terrorist at this Point. I will bet that when they gather Enough Intel to get the Exact Position, they will Go in and Eliminate the Target because they will never want to make a Mistake ... Strike First and Appologise later is the tune that will be Played later by the Diplomats .. Cheers ..

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