Poll Below: Justified?
Wired Magazine’s excellent foreign policy blog “Danger Room”, had an article published on March 5 entitled: “Here’s Why the Government Thinks It Can Kill You Overseas.” Which needs no other justification other than its name to have one read it. Some excerpts by Spencer Ackerman:
Attorney General Eric Holder explained the administration’s reasoning for killing American citizens overseas — and only overseas — with drone strikes and other means during a Monday speech at Northwestern University. Holder claimed that the government can kill “a U.S. citizen who is a senior operational leader of al-Qaida or associated forces” provided the government — unilaterally — determines that citizen poses “an imminent threat of violent attack”; he can’t be captured; and “law of war principles,” like the use of proportional force and the minimization of collateral damage, apply.
“This is an indicator of our times,” Holder argued, “not a departure from our laws and our values.”