The drone issue isn't new. But it's amusing to watch conservatives get riled up when one of them notices and finally talks/rants about it.
There are a few new points regarding drones. (1) Drone strikes in the US against killing a US citizen. (2) The expansion of drone usage under the current president (ie. the new drone base being setup in Africa)
Who operates most of the drones that kill people, is it the AF or CIA? Can a CIA operated drone operate within the US?
Time to stop the war.....on businesses and individual success!
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(1) Drone strikes in the US against killing a US citizen.
Not going to happen on US soil, especially in the fashion it's happening in the rest of the world. One of the points Rand Paul fails to mention is that the drone campaign affects people in the rest of the world far more than it does Americans on US soil.
(2) The expansion of drone usage under the current president (ie. the new drone base being setup in Africa)
Drone attacks have been rising for a while. As I pointed out above, it's been controversial since at least 2011, and there's a reason neither side talked about it much during the 2012 election- they both know that this is the future of warfare, for the reasons I've already posted about (cost, fewer American soldiers in harms way, etc).
Who operates most of the drones that kill people, is it the AF or CIA?
I agree there needs to be better transparency about the use of drones in general.
Can a CIA operated drone operate within the US?
For surveillance on US soil, probably. For killing on US soil, absolutely not (and the administration has stated that it's illegal).
The bigger issue that should be alarming Americans is what happens once your local police and local gov't get their hands on drones, not to mention consumer varieties in the hands of private citizens.
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