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Unconstitutional Uses of Drones Must Stop

June 20, 2012
Rep. Ron Paul

Last week I joined several of my colleagues in sending a letter to President Obama requesting clarification of his criteria for the lethal use of drones overseas. Administration officials assure us that a “high degree of confidence” is required that the person targeted by a drone is a terrorist.  However, press reports have suggested that mere “patterns of behavior” and other vague criteria are actually being used to decide who to target in a drone strike. I am concerned that an already troublingly low threshold for execution on foreign soil may be even lower than we imagined.

The use of drones overseas may have become so convenient, operated as they are from a great distance, that far more “collateral damage” has become acceptable. Collateral damage is a polite way of saying killing innocent civilians. Is the ease of drone use a slippery slope to disregard for justice, and if so what might that mean for us as they become more widely used on American soil against American citizens?

This dramatic increase in the use of drones and the lowered threshold for their use to kill foreigners has tremendous implications for our national security. At home, some claim the use of drones reduces risk to American service members. But this can be true only in the most shortsighted sense. Internationally the expanded use of drones is wildly unpopular and in fact creates more enemies than it eliminates.

Earlier this month a former top terrorism official at the CIA warned that President Barack Obama’s expanded use of drones may actually be creating terrorist “safe havens.” Robert Grenier, who headed the CIA’s counter-terrorism center from 2004 to 2006, told a British newspaper that, “[the drone program] needs to be targeted much more finely. We have been seduced by them and the unintended consequences of our actions are going to outweigh the intended consequences.”

And now… the rest of the story. …..

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  1. June 24, 2012 2:14 am

    Hope Ron Paul see my point here but today after seen a TV news of how far heroin has penetrated our schools in all kind of neighbourhood, and after also reading about the Guzman family as being among the richest in the world, Guzman is head of the Sinaloa rug Cartel, well Ron Paul I hope you forgive me but I also wrote the President that it is time we use those drones close to home helping Mexico solve the problem. Those people have very big lux palaces?????Fast and Furious or whatever they call it at first about during Bush time could use those drone effiiently ,Originally it was a worthless effort just to pacify angry people, Obama took it seriously. But I also located research of that time from a Mexican Investigative reporter that covered that period nd I heard Bush and Fox, then President of Mexico, were close friends and Fox was a member of the Cartel Board.
    I think it deserve a close investigation, Mr. Issa wants to know if it is just a “???” effort on Obama part. Is Mr. Issa worried about what they might find?
    WE may find who got those 27 trillions in drug money conveniently lost when that 09/11 plane hid the computer data bank.

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