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Obama outlines rules for armed drone strikes

• Reuters

* The United States will not use lethal force when it is possible to capture a terrorist.

* Lethal force may only be used to prevent or stop attacks against U.S. persons, never as a form of punishment or in lieu of prosecution.

* There must be a legal basis for using lethal force.

* The United States will only use lethal force against a target that poses a continuing, imminent threat to U.S. persons.

* There must be near certainty that a terrorist is present at the site of the strike and that non-combatants will not be injured or killed.

* There must be a judgment that the host government cannot or will not effectively address the threat.

* Decisions to capture or use force against terrorists are made at the most senior levels of the U.S. government, and senior national security officials will review the legality of proposed actions.

* If the United States considers an operation against a U.S. citizen, the Justice Department will review whether the action is consistent with U.S. laws and rights.

* Appropriate members of Congress will continue to be provided with updates when the use of lethal force has been approved, and congressional committees will be informed when action has been taken.

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Comment by Ed Price
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It's on the people who act so slowly. Why? Because the people could put pressure on their senators and congressmen to stop Obama. Congress could stop Obama in short order if they were really representing the people.

Comment by TL Winslow
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Gee, why don't I feel safe? Where does it prevent Dear Leader Obama from targeting drones at U.S. citizens who have been declared rebels for opposing his declaration of martial law? The real question is where did he get the power to do what he wants with drones to anybody on the planet in the first place?

Scope Obama's shady partly-covered up past now in your browser and be prepared for when things start moving fast.


Comment by Ed Price
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This is Constitutionally illegal, just like the spirit of the income tax, and the U.S. military bases around the world. Simply arm our borders and keep the foreigners out if you want to protect us from terrorism. If U.S. persons go abroad, it should be at their own risk.

America has been a warring nation from its inception. The other side is that it might be one of the best nations to live in... at least in some ways. What does that tell you about our human nature?

Notice the Obama family above? No sons. Maybe his line will die out. Oh, but of course. There are loads like him to take his place.

Comment by Powell Gammill
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Code Pink activist Medea Benjamin heckles Obama
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