US Sets Dangerous Precedent with Armed Drone Assassination

On September 30, 2011, the United States conducted an unprecedented armed attack to kill people who they believed to be instrumental Al-Qaeda operatives. The chief target of the armed drone assault was Anwar al-Awlaki, a Yemeni-American cleric.

Al-Awlaki, among others targeted and killed in teh attack, were US citizens. The US government conducted this assault, as far as the public is aware, without consultation or approval from the Yemeni government. This attack in an unprecedent violation of national sovereignty, the likes of which even the US has not carried out in recent years. The killings of these individuals demonstrates a complete disregard for national sovereignty, along with the indication that US citizenship no longer guarantees constitutional protections.

This is a deeply concerning series of events, and I would like your thoughts on whether or not the US’s actions were legitimate.

http://aljazeera.com/news/americas/2011/10/201110135827199493.html

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One response to “US Sets Dangerous Precedent with Armed Drone Assassination

  1. From a purely legal standpoint, the actions were not legitimate as far as I’m aware. I’m not sure how the US Justice Department has justified the killings. The question comes on whether or not it was better for the country to try and arrest him and hold trial as would be standard practice, a situation that would be more likely to warrant his escape. It was a swift and decisive move to go with the more certain plan of attack, a move that I personally think was warranted, and that I like seeing out of Obama. It is something for which the legal ramifications have to explored though, for future incidents like this. I would like to know more about it from a legal standpoint, I’m hoping the Justice Department issues a statement on their reasoning.

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