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Secrecy of Memo On Drone Killing is Upheld

Posted Thursday, January 3, 2013, at 10:21 AM

Here is a link to an article on a legal service I get that I found interesting. We have probably all seen videos of drones bombing the vehicles of suspected terrorists in Mid-East countries. Some of these suspected terrorists are United States Citizens.

Interested parties are trying (thus far unsuccessfully) to find out about the process by which our government identifies these citizens as terrorists and decides to kill them. Here is the link. What do you think about this?

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/01/03/us/jud...


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You are welcome. I had the same reaction. And I have no problem whatsoever with the use of drones in wartime to kill the enemy, and I am not "pro-terrorist" by any stretch. On the other hand, the government makes lots of mistakes and we usually do not resort to killing citizens unless they have had a trial, been convicted of a capital offense, and have exhausted their (usually mandatory) appeals.

-- Posted by JP Greer on Thu, Jan 3, 2013, at 9:16 PM

Also, thanks for bringing this link to people's attention.

-- Posted by Guy Fawkes on Thu, Jan 3, 2013, at 7:44 PM

The mere fact that the government is bombing and killing people that they have decided are terrorist without any oversight is very chilling. Bombing in Yemen and Pakistan without declarations of war isnt much better.

-- Posted by Guy Fawkes on Thu, Jan 3, 2013, at 7:42 PM


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Description: JP's take on legal (and other) issues which interest him. Biography: Born in Spencer Iowa, February 6, 1957; Graduated Spencer High School 1975; University of Iowa (B.B.A. 1979); Creighton University School of Law (J.D. 1984); American Jurisprudence Award: Debtor/Creditor Relations; Assistant State Attorney, Florida, 12th Judicial Circuit, 1986-89; Assistant Clay County Iowa Attorney, 1989-93; Iowa State Bar Association: Volunteer Lawyers, 1993- ; American Citizenship Committee, 1994-98; Bridge the Gap Committee 1991-94; Criminal Justice Act Panel Member, 2002- ; National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, 2004- ; Iowa Association for Justice, 2004- ; American Bar Association, 1984- ; Florida Bar Association, 1986- .