Sources: Sen. Rand Paul [PDF], [Press Release], Sen. Wyden, et al.
quote: ...considering her husband's 112-mile daily round-trip commute to his job as a pharmacist
quote: I'm not an American, so I'm not that well-versed in US law. Can someone explain exactly what the issue is, as this article makes it sound like some Orwellian Big Brother nightmare! All the talk over Obama's "regime" and killing Americans without a trial sounds like sensationalism to make this sound worse than it is. An American pointing a gun at a cop is likely to get killed without a trial, for example.
quote: To modify your analogy, that's like you're sitting in your home, but the cop decides that you're a menace to society and now takes matters into his own hands, busts down your door and sprays you with cold lead, leaving you bleeding and dead.
quote: A drone strike would be the authorization of execution without trial.
quote: You are correct this is a bunch of nonsense over nothing. All it does is allow special government authorities to use a drone in the U.S. if absolutely necessary.
quote: An American pointing a gun at a cop is likely to get killed without a trial, for example.
quote: That seems rather curious. The Constitution is unequivocal in that Congress alone has the power to authorize the use of deadly military force. Article 1, Section 8 of the U.S. Constitution, the foundation of the U.S. government, clearly grants Congress the power
quote: The Fourth Amendment (Amendment IV) to the United States Constitution is the part of the Bill of Rights which guards against unreasonable searches and seizures, along with requiring any warrant to be judicially sanctioned and supported by probable cause. It was adopted as a response to the abuse of the writ of assistance, which is a type of general search warrant, in the American Revolution. Search and seizure (including arrest) should be limited in scope according to specific information supplied to the issuing court, usually by a law enforcement officer, who has sworn by it. The Fourth Amendment applies to the states by way of the Due Process Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment.
quote: An American pointing a gun at a cop is likely to get killed without a trial, for example
quote: Not at all, but that falls under "defense" and doesnt need to be talked about before hand or authorized like this. The president makes a call and sends the air force. This actually happened on 911, but too late to stop anything. Why is there a need to pre-determine drone strikes on US soil? Something isnt right.
quote: A country like Yemen is obviously a different overall situation than the US. There is no allied police force, FBI, etc in Yemen to go to as first options like there is in the US.
quote: Take Timothy McVeigh...if the authorities had known about his plot while he was sitting at his house with the truck loaded up, they wouldn't have used a drone strike, they would have gone in with a bunch of FBI, SWAT, or whatever. But once the truck was rolling, if one way to stop it for sure was a drone strike, then a drone strike would be an option.
quote: What happened in Waco wasn't right, and there was fallout from it if you don't recall.
quote: If congress authorizes the use of military action to protect our borders (an example), then the President is certainly within his rights to authorize action, including drone strikes.
quote: Now that he doesnt have to worry about winning an election, he has nothing stopping him from over teh line crap like this. WFT... WTF!
quote: I really never imagined he would be THIS bad.
quote: You were also right 5 years ago when you were all over Obama for being shitty on the economy and I was saying give him a chance, and the benefit of the doubt, he hasn't affected anything yet... You were totally right. I couldn't be less let down by the horrible job he has done on it...
quote: I didn't vote for Messiah, but a lot of you did.
quote: ....the fact is Obama is President
quote: Sounds as if we need to invade to put a democratic government in place.
quote: Holder goes on to point to Pearl Harbor and the terrorist attacks of 9/11/2001 as examples of the kinds of threats that might require Americans to be ordered killed by the President.
quote: Use of drone strikes in the U.S. would only be used when other tactics aren't sufficient. It's not like they are going to use these in downtown Los Angeles or NYC.
quote: All resources should be used on terrorists in all countries - period.