When President Obama came forward with the news Thursday that a US “counterterrorism operation” had accidentally killed an American and an Italian hostage in January, he also revealed that two Americans associated with Al Qaeda had also recently been killed accidentally.The revelations have once again sparked questions about the circumstances under which the United States can intentionally use targeted lethal force against American citizens abroad.Ahmed Farouq and Adam Gadahn were both Americans who officials say were senior members of Al Qaeda.
Mr. Farouq was killed in the same strike in which Giovanni Lo Porto and Warren Weinstein, the American hostage, died.
What Mr. Obama did not share was that the counterterrorism operations that killed all these Americans involved drone strikes – a fact that American officials relayed in unattributed remarks.
Where is the rule of law present here?
No courts, no legal representation, just a machine that kills whoever is in its path.
Sounds like something out of an old Arnold Schwarzenegger movie.
Apparently the President can order these strikes on foreigners and Americans guilty or innocent with impunity.
Does this sound like something the home of the brave and land of the free should condone?