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Published: Tuesday, March 12 2013 12:00 a.m. MDT

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JoeBlow
Far East USA, SC

Is there really not a distinction to be made between a Terrorist, American or not, in a foreign country targeting Americans and a bad guy sitting in a US Cafe?

The question is not about drones, it is about whether the US can use the military to kill Americans.
What difference does the weapon make?

I much prefer the drone strike on Awlaki than risking American lives in an attempt to capture him. His being an American makes no difference to me.

I wish we had the foresight to take out Hussein that way.

And I can assure you that the American in a US cafe will be easily taken into custody and tried. I am also confident that is how it would be handled.

Maudine
SLC, UT

Since Washington acquiesced to Hamilton in 1794 and sent military forces to put down the Whiskey Rebellion it has been accepted fact that the government can use deadly force against citizens who pose a threat to other citizens or the US. This is true whether on the local, state, or federal level. The entire Civil War was an exercise in deadly force being used against citizens to protect the country.

If Congress is so concerned about drones, they need to do their job and pass legislation prohibiting their use. They won't because they recognize the value and potential drones have of stopping a terrorist attack while preserving innocent lives. To be angry that Obama utilizes all available resources while preserving those resources for future presidents to use is sophomoric and hypocritical.

As for this idea that Obama may decide to attack unarmed citizens who pose no threat - give me a break. If you truly believe he is sociopathic enough to do that, follow proper procedures to have him removed from office. But don't insult his intelligence or ours by pretending that putting something in writing is some kind of magic guarantee.

Tolstoy
salt lake, UT

What I cannot understand is why people like Paul and this author do not seem to understand we already have laws against the use of deadly force against people in the US that do not present a threat to others. All Paul accomplished is to get written confirmation of what most of us learned in crammer school, but even with this the author continues to push unfounded fear mongering .

John C. C.
Payson, UT

What scares me is not that a some President may use deadly force against a U.S. citizen turned terrorist, but that some citizens act like terrorists, forming militias to protect a deviant 2nd amendment interpretation which they love more than the Constitution itself.

radically_independent
Orem, Utah

Lets see Senator Ryan.... you are upset about drones.... but not airborne attacks from helicopters, airplanes or perhaps even cruise missiles. You don't care if they use snipper guns like at Ruby Ridge. Nor are you concerned about heavy armor dumping gas into a compound resulting in the burning down of the compound with citizens inside.... nope. The game changer is drones.

Hopefully enough people saw Ryans stunt as just another ploy to spread fear where if there were a problem already, this doesn't change the game much. If the government had an agenda to take you out.... you would be taken out. Its just the government doesn't have such a hair brained agenda - not even Obama.

lost in DC
West Jordan, UT

BO also said
there would be no lobbysits in his administration - turned out to be a lie
Obamacre would REDUCE healthcare costs by $2500 per year per family - another lie
that his would be an open and transparent administration - another lie - see the article about him classifying MORE public information

Holder had a hard time figuring out why the house repubs wanted to know about his fast and furious guns being used by Mexican cartels to kill US and Mexican citizens.

And despite the dishonesty of this administration, people still comment that BO would never lie to us or do such dastardly deeds as kill a US citizen in the US without due process.

what is due process to a Chicago politician?

Or, as aptly put by an Obamacare supporter in the house, "what does the constitution have to do with it?" the constitution matters NOTHING to the demonrats and chicago cabal currently mismanaging the country.

Irony Guy
Bountiful, Utah

Slippery slopes can be fun.

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