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But his new policy complicates that idea

The U.S. government is stuck between a rock and a hard place when it comes to an American citizen who is plotting attacks against other Americans from overseas. 
 
According to ABC News, the American citizen is now a member of al-Qaeda. The Obama administration wants to solve the problem by killing him with a drone strike, but there are some complications that come with that idea.
 
First of all, the CIA drones, which have been keeping an eye on him, can't complete the objective because he's a U.S. citizen and the Justice Department must have a case against him in order to do so. But there currently is no case. 
 
Further complicating the task is the fact that he is in a country that refuses U.S. military action on its soil. 
 
Furthermore, President Barack Obama's new policy says American suspected terrorists overseas can only be killed by the military -- not the CIA. 
 
Obama's new guidelines, which were laid out last year in a speech, say that lethal force must only be used "to prevent or stop attacks against U.S. persons, and even then, only when capture is not feasible and no other reasonable alternatives exist to address the threat effectively." In addition, the person must also pose "a continuing, imminent threat to U.S. persons."
 

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This puts some decision-making troubles on the U.S. Department of Defense's (DOD) plate. It's currently deciding whether the man is dangerous enough to justify killing an American without charging him with a crime or trying him. It also has to consider the potential international repercussions of launching the drone strike in a country that has been resistant to U.S. action.
 
The American suspected terrorist has been described as an al-Qaeda facilitator who has been responsible for lethal attacks against U.S. citizens overseas. Reports say he continues to plan attacks against the U.S. citizens using "improvised explosive devices."
 
The suspected terrorist is protected and in a pretty remote location, which makes any attempts for capture by the U.S. military risky.
 
Obama came under fire last year for his drone polices. Some Americans felt the killings were unconstitutional, while other Americans defended the President's stance, arguing the Constitution no longer applies when it comes to terrorism.
 
Meanwhile, the DOD is working on fully autonomous drones that use technologies like facial recognition to kill its targets. For instance, Boeing launched a test flight for its autonomous Phantom Eye drone back in 2012.

Source: ABC News



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my fearless leaders
By chromal on 2/10/2014 12:13:40 PM , Rating: 3
There are people in Detroit who have killed more than this man, and yet we want to spend hundreds of thousands of dollars on ordinance and mission support to violate his constitutional rights?

US GVT = INSANE.




RE: my fearless leaders
By BSMonitor on 2/10/2014 2:01:42 PM , Rating: 2
People in Detroit no longer threaten the 1%'s financial hoards.. They aren't worth wasting prison space on.. They took care of the auto union in the early 80s without drones..


RE: my fearless leaders
By Spuke on 2/10/2014 7:13:45 PM , Rating: 2
It isn't the governments job to enforce laws. That's what the police is for. It IS there job to provide for the common defense.


RE: my fearless leaders
By Spuke on 2/10/2014 7:13:59 PM , Rating: 1
fuck me... their


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