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Drone Strike to Kill U.S. Citizen on American Soil Legal?

Holy time warp Batman, according to news reports the United States Attorney General thinks it could use military force to kill an American on U.S. soil in an “extraordinary circumstance”; no we’re not talking about George W. Bush’s administration here, we’re talking about President Barrack Obama’s, but fortunately it has “no intention of doing so,” at least according to a letter from General Eric Holder.

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The letter was disclosed by Republican Tea Party (GOTP) Senator Rand Paul, who had asked whether the Justice Department believed the President had legal authority to order a targeted strike against an American citizen located within the United States.

According to Holder, while the President rejected the use of military force where “well-established law enforcement authorities in this country provide the best means for incapacitating a terrorist threat.” Theoretically, it’d be legal for the him to order such an attack under certain circumstances, he claimed.

“The question you have posed is therefore entirely hypothetical, unlikely to occur, and one we hope no president will ever have to confront. It is possible, I suppose, to imagine an extraordinary circumstance in which it would be necessary and appropriate under the Constitution and applicable laws of the United States for the President to authorize the military to use lethal force within the territory of the United States,” Holder wrote.

“For example, the president could conceivably have no choice but to authorize the military to use such force if necessary to protect the homeland in the circumstances like a catastrophic attack like the ones suffered on December 7, 1941, and September 11, 2001,” Holder continued, referring to the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor and the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon. Holder said he would “examine the particular facts and circumstances” if such an emergency were to arise.

On this issue the Attorney General needs his head thoroughly examined; there are no legitimate uses of drone strikes within the United States on its own citizen’s, period. There is no “theoretical” for which this would ever apply, period. Would the Attorney General also “theorize” there are legitimate times when the President would authorize the use of nuclear weapons by the government on American soil against its own?

Just as the Bush Administration was wrong on everything from failing to protect the United States against terrorists, to lying about WMDs in Iraq to approving water boarding and torturing of prisoners, so too is the Obama Administration wrong on this. Fix it Mr. President; if we’d wanted more of the same we’d have elected the other guy.

 
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Posted by on March 5, 2013 in War on Terror

 

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To Drone, or not to Drone …

Article 1, Section 9 of the Constitution

“The privilege of the writ of habeas corpus shall not be suspended, unless when in cases of rebellion or invasion the public safety may require it.”

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When citizens become operatives for terrorists organizations they are in “rebellion” against the United States; further, the “public safety” of the citizens requires action being taken – as habeas corpus may be suspended in these circumstances taking them out by drone is not in violation of the Constitution. In short, we don’t have to bring them to trial. And yes, I know the difference between incarcerating someone and executing them, but the point is, the government can suspend certain “rights” under a given set of circumstances, “rebellion”, “invasion” or interests of the “public safety” being those times.

These two “citizens” had American blood on their hands, and I have no issue with the President having them “removed” from the world stage, nor do I have issues with drone strikes against terrorist leaders in Pakistan or elsewhere, the alternatives are do nothing – not acceptable – or sending boots on the ground, placing American lives at risk. The individuals in question chose to rebel, they chose their fate when they did so, and I will not support sending US troops into harms way on foreign soil to “arrest” someone who’s chosen to side with terrorism, sorry, but when they make that choice they’re denouncing their citizenship in favor of 72 virgins, and the Constitution nor its protected rights no longer apply.

We are not talking about drone strikes against tin foil hat wearing tea party members, we’re talking about drone strikes against known terrorists, there’s a big whopping difference. And if the tea party’s worried about being “taken out” they should be more concerned with Karl Rove than President Obama.

War is ugly, and innocent civilians are going to die, that’s why the United States should never go running gleefully into making war on anyone; however, conversely, the rest of the world should think long and hard before it makes war on us, or before it allows terrorist groups to establish training bases or safe havens within their borders. 9-11 changed forever how the United States will turn a blind eye to such activity. You don’t want drones raining missiles from the sky into your villages? Take out the terrorists yourselves, or better yet, don’t let them in to begin with.

Of course in an effort to make everyone feel better, I suppose we could just carpet bomb the villages like we did in WWII and Vietnam.

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All-in-all, I think a drone strike is much more preferred.

 
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Posted by on February 7, 2013 in Constitution, War on Terror

 

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Ryan P. Hall, Nicolas S. Whitlock, Justin J. Wilkens and Julian S. Scholten

Four Florida-based airmen were killed Saturday during an aircraft accident in Djibouti, the Defense Department announced Monday.

The airmen were aboard a U-28 at the time of the accident, which occurred near Camp Lemonnier, according to the Pentagon.

The killed airmen include:

Capt. Ryan P. Hall, 30, of Colorado Springs, Colo. He was assigned to the 319th Special Operations Squadron at Hurlburt Field, Fla.


Capt. Nicholas S. Whitlock, 29, of Newnan, Ga. He was assigned to the 34th Special Operations Squadron at Hurlburt.


1st Lt. Justin J. Wilkens, 26, of Bend, Ore. He was assigned to the 34th Special Operations Squadron at Hurlburt.


Senior Airman Julian S. Scholten, 26, of Upper Marlboro, Md. He was assigned to the 25th Intelligence Squadron at Hurlburt.


The crash does not appear to be the result of hostile fire, Staff Sgt. Ryan Whitney of the 1st Special Operations Wing said Monday. “But that won’t be completely determined until there is a thorough investigation.”

Whitney said there is no way to know at this point how long an investigation will take.

According to Whitney, Hall was a U-28A pilot on his seventh deployment. He was commissioned through ROTC at The Citadel in 2004. He had been assigned to the 319th SOS since 2007 and had 1,300 combat flight hours.

Whitlock was also a U-28A pilot, Whitney said. He was commissioned in 2006 through the Officer Training School. Whitlock had been with the 319th since 2008 and had logged 800 combat flight hours.

Wilkens, a combat systems operator assigned to the 34th Special Operations Squadron, was on his third deployment. He joined the Air Force in 2009 after graduating from the Air Force Academy. He had 400 combat hours.

Scholten was a mission’s system operator assigned to the 25th Intelligence Squadron. He enlisted in 2007 and had more than 900 combat hours, Whitney said. This was his third deployment.

The airmen were the only people aboard the aircraft when it crashed at about 8 p.m. local time during a routine flight, according to a statement from U.S. Africa Command. More details on what caused the accident were not immediately available.

The accident is under investigation.

Capt Hall, Capt Whitlock, 1LT Wilkins and Senior Airman Scholten are the 1,896th, 1,897th, 1,898th and 1,899th Americans to die supporting operations in Afghanistan … ich hatt’ einen Kameraden

 
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Posted by on March 14, 2012 in War on Terror

 

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Paris S. Pough

A sailor assigned to the USS Carl Vinson, home-ported in San Diego, died during a port visit in the United Arab Emirates, the Department of Defense announced Sunday.

Petty Officer First Class Paris S. Pough, a 40-year-old hull technician from Columbus Ga., died on Friday in Dubai, according to a statement.

Details of Pough’s death were not immediately available.

PO Pough is the 1,895th American to die supporting operations in Afghanistan … ich hatt’ einen Kameraden

 
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Posted by on March 13, 2012 in War on Terror

 

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Jerry D. Reed II

A soldier with the Germany-based 172nd Separate Infantry Brigade died in Afghanistan on Thursday, the Department of Defense reported.

Sgt. Jerry D. Reed II, 30, of Russellville, Ark., died in Paktika province, according to a press release. The cause of his death was not provided. Reed was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 28th Infantry Regiment, based in Grafenwöhr.

The 172nd deployed to eastern Afghanistan in summer 2011 for a 12-month tour.

SGT Reed is the 4,496th American to die in support of operations in Iraq … ich hatt’ einen Kameraden

 
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Posted by on February 20, 2012 in War on Terror

 

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Cesar Cortez

A 32nd Army Air and Missile Defense Command soldier died in a vehicle accident Saturday, 11 Feb 12, in the Kingdom of Bahrain. The cause of the accident is currently under investigation.

The Fort Bliss Soldier was PFC Cesar Cortez, 24, of Oceanside, Calif. He served as a network switching systems operator-maintainer with the Headquarters and Headquarters Battery, 5th Battalion, 52nd Air Defense Artillery Regiment, 11th Air Defense Artillery Brigade. He deployed to Bahrain in December 2011 in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

Cortez joined the Army in March 2011 and arrived to Fort Bliss in October 2011.

Cortez’s awards and decorations include the National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, and the Army Service Ribbon.

He is survived by his parents and brother.

PFC Cortez is the 4,495th American to die in support of operations in Iraq … ich hatt’ einen Kameraden

 
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Posted by on February 15, 2012 in War on Terror

 

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Osbrany Montes De Oca

A New Jersey family is in mourning after getting word one of their Marine sons was killed in Afghanistan.

It happened in the most dangerous part of Afghanistan, the Helmand Province, where hundreds of Americans have lost their lives.

Family members said 20-year-old Lance Cpl. Osbrany Montes De Oca had just walked off base when a sniper bullet hit him in the back, killing him.

“He was a great guy. He was a hero,” said Frankin, his 15-year-old brother.

The Montes De Oca family lives in North Arlington, within sight of the World Trade Center.

“He was such a nice kid growing up, friendly. And fighting for our country,” said neighbor Linda Tromans.

Tromans knew the brothers their entire lives. She told CBS 2′s Don Dahler that she knew something was wrong last Friday.

“When I seen the Marine Corps knock on the door ’cause they don’t come to say hello, I knew something happened,” she said.

“He was the best man I knew,” Frankin said.

Osbrany and his identical twin, Osmany, enlisted in the Marines shortly after graduating from North Arlington High School a little more than a year ago.

Osbrany played lacrosse and football there. Their older brother enlisted a short time after.

Unlike in the movie “Saving Private Ryan,” brothers and sisters who are enlisted do not automatically get discharged if they lose a sibling in combat.

However, a family friend told Dahler that the Corps gave the two brothers still in active duty the option to not go back to war. They declined, saying, more than ever, they want to get back in the fight.

Montes de Oca is the 42nd service member from New Jersey to be killed in Afghanistan.

Lance Cpl. Montes De Oca is the 1,894th American to die in Afghanistan … ich hatt’ einen Kameraden

 
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Posted by on February 15, 2012 in War on Terror

 

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