Obama to "Clarify" His Position on Killing Americans With Drone Strikes
May 20, 2013 11:22 AM
Thursday speech may shed light on where he stands on warrantless killings on U.S. soil
I am your judge, executioner, jury, executioner, jailer, and if necessary, your executioner.
" -Judge Dredd
President Barack Obama's (D) Attorney General,
defiantly defended the federal government's "right" to target American citizens with drone strikes. He argued in recent publications that it might be necessary to kill Americans on U.S. soil with warrantless drone death strikes to prevent "terrorism".
Some Americans felt such killings were unconstitutional, while other Americans defended the President's stance, arguing
the Constitution no longer applies
in an age of terrorism.
But amidst a slew of other growing controversies including the
U.S. Internal Revenue Service
(IRS) targeting the President's political adversaries and the
seizures of Associated Press phone records
, the President's drone policies have come under considerable scrutiny.
President Obama promises to be "transparent" about drone death strikes on American citizens.
[Image Source: AP]
trying to cover up
drone deathstrike policy
, President Obama will reportedly look to address those controversies this week and attempt to live up to his promises of "transparency". In a Thursday speech he is expected to "clarify" his position on warrantless drone death strikes on American citizens, according to
The Washington Post
The President is under fire both from conservatives and members of his own party over his drone policies.
The administration is expected to push for
dramatically expanded drone use
in the Middle East
as it pulls its remaining troops out of Afghanistan by 2014. Meanwhile
, as well, even as some states have
passed laws limiting federal drone use
The speech on drone policy was expected to be delivered earlier this month but the other controversies delayed it, according to sources.
Armed Reaper drones are currently being used over the U.S. [Image Source: The Real Revo]
In the meantime the U.S. Department of Defense continues work to
develop fully autonomous drones
capable of killing human targets
using facial recognition
and other technologies,
removing the human hand
from the loop. The DoD
has thus far rejected
pleas from robotics ethicists
even some military experts
-- to sign treaties forbidding fully autonomous killing drones.
A fleet of fully autonomous armed drones could prove a powerful tool for Presidents in decades to come. With a press of a button they could instantly
schedule the warrantless death sentence
of the President's domestic adversaries (the "terrorists", ostensibly) without the kind of pesky ethical/moral struggles that even elite U.S. troops might have with such policies.
The Washington Post
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