Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Killing Americans on American Soil With Drones

Let’s look at Paul’s comments just before his 13 hour spectacle of a filibuster where he attacked the Obama administrations comments about the usage of drones on American soil: 
“The U.S. Attorney General’s refusal to rule out the possibility of drone strikes on American citizens and on American soil is more than frightening — it is an affront the Constitutional due process rights of all Americans.” 
Those are words directly from Rand Paul’s own website
Now let’s take a look at his comments yesterday regarding the usage of drones on American soil against Americans: 
“Here’s the distinction: I have never argued against any technology being used when you have an imminent threat, an act of crime going on.  If someone comes out of a liquor store with a weapon and $50 in cash, I don’t care if a drone kills him or a policeman kills him.” 
Paul supporters, you can spin those comments any which way you want, but what he just advocated was using drones to kill an American on American soil without trial... 
...In fact, he used one of the very same arguments I have used—drones are controlled by people.  They’re not artificial intelligence operating outside the bounds of human control.  How is it any different if a police officer uses a gun to shoot and kill an armed suspect or a specialized drone to do the same thing?  Either way, the armed suspect is dead.
For the record, my personal opinion is that drone usage is wrong in either scenario. I am a fan of due process. Apparently, some folks are not.

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