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  •  There's such a thing as administrative due process (2+ / 0-)
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    Eric Nelson, Liberal Thinking

    The due process in certain situations may not require a hearing.  If it requires a hearing, that hearing may not necessarily have to be a judicial hearing.

    The argument here is that using drone strikes on suspected terrorists outside the US is analogous to using drone strikes on enemy solders from a country at war with us, and the due process in that case does not require a judicial hearing to approve every military action.

    •  Yes (0+ / 0-)

      This is why I think they should move all drone strikes to the military and why Congress should establish the geographical limits to the war zones. By doing that, they move the program from the status of an illegal loose cannon to a much more defensible position. It comes back under control of the American people.

      I got the strong impression from the speech that the Administration views it this way. The President made a distinction between the tribal areas of Pakistan, where "the writ of the Pakistani government" doesn't apply and other areas where we can expect the relevant government to apprehend and turn over people we show are trying to harm the U.S.

      We ought to follow up on this concept. We need to get some bounds on where the government can secretly operate a drone and use it to kill people (whether our citizens or not). Or, as I say here, no bombing Colorado, okay?

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