February 6, 2013

Here's How to Avoid Death-by-Drone

Clint Watts, Selected Wisdom

AP Photo

The much anticipated Department of Justice memo authorizing the use of drones to target Americans….scratch that. A white paper from the Department of Justice outlined what might be the U.S. government’s position with regards to the killing of Americans via the use of unmanned drones. Twitter erupted with claims that this memo provided the President unprecedented powers to kill any American, anywhere, for any reason. Well, I read the memo, and I’m fairly certain that is not what it said. (I think @blakehounshell was the first to point this out.) However, in reading this memo, which may or may not exactly detail U.S. policy, I did identify four important points for Americans if they want to avoid getting a warhead to the forehead.

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TAGGED: Terrorism, Drones


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