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The director of national intelligence affirmed rather bluntly today that the U.S. intelligence community has authority to target American citizens for assassination if they present a direct terrorist threat to the United States.

"We take direct actions against terrorists in the intelligence community; if … we think that direct action will involve killing an American, we get specific permission to do that," Director of National Intelligence Dennis Blair told the House Intelligence Committee.

Rep. Peter Hoekstra D-Mich., addressed the issue at today's hearing.

"The targeting of Americans -- it's a very sensitive issue, but again there's been more information in the public domain than what has been shared with this committee," he said.

"There is no clarity." Hoekstra said. "What is the legal framework?"

"Whether that American is involved in a group that is trying to attack us, whether that American has -- is a threat to other Americans. Those are the factors involved." Blair explained. "We don't target people for free speech. We target them for taking action that threatens Americans."

According to U.S. officials, only a handful of Americans would be eligible for targeting by U.S. intelligence or military operations. The legal guidance is determined by the National Security Council and the Justice Department.
License to Kill? Intelligence Chief Says U.S. Can Take Out American Terrorists - ABC News

Collateral damage on the battle-field? Understandable.
If an American terrorist actually has a gun to somebody's head, okay. Buy-bye then...

But the idea of saying that you can take out an American, without a trial, in a strategic strike like those that take out al Qaeda leaders is just beyond repugnant.
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Take 'em out. The sooner the better.
Matter of fact allow ordinary citizens to ALL carry guns while traveling (by train, plane, or automobile) and maybe the sheet heads will think twice before making that suicide pact.
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This is how radically extreme our country is getting. Not to mention, completely irresponsible and un-American. Our laws were designed to protect the innocent more than prosecute the guilty. And the only thing you need to prove guilt these days, is an "accusation". Well, lets just bring back the Spanish Inquisition?

We just seem to keep coming up with more bull**** reason's to fight this mythical enemy that goes under the moniker of, "The Terrorist". Yet, we won't even consider that average law abiding citizens of other country's just may get radicalized against us, because they're sick of our bombs, interferrence and occupation of their country.

Bin Laden stated why he attacked us. It was because of our military was on Saudi soil and our un-conditional support for Israel.

As long as we occupy other nations against their will, people will turn to al Qaeda as response to our tyranny.
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"There is no clarity." Hoekstra said. "What is the legal framework?"
That's the problem right here...

The term "threat" is subjective...A 90 year old lady who still hates Rosa Parks could be considered a "threat" in the eyes of a radical moron...

...which is why you should never elect a radical moron or someone who appoints radical morons...They take the subjectiveness of the term to extremes...

What SHOULD happen is to define to term BEFOREHAND by "what/if" statements...That way everyone knows where the line is drawn...
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This is how radically extreme our country is getting. Not to mention, completely irresponsible and un-American. Our laws were designed to protect the innocent more than prosecute the guilty. And the only thing you need to prove guilt these days, is an "accusation". Well, lets just bring back the Spanish Inquisition?

We just seem to keep coming up with more bull**** reason's to fight this mythical enemy that goes under the moniker of, "The Terrorist". Yet, we won't even consider that average law abiding citizens of other country's just may get radicalized against us, because they're sick of our bombs, interferrence and occupation of their country.

Bin Laden stated why he attacked us. It was because of our military was on Saudi soil and our un-conditional support for Israel.

As long as we occupy other nations against their will, people will turn to al Qaeda as response to our tyranny.
You know, Billo there are many reasons throughout history why men go to war and most of them are not very good. In fact the protection of the innocent when it does occur seems almost incidental. Usually it has been more about trade or natural resources.
But why-ever we are at war; we are at war. You have to pick a side. And it better be our side.
As bad as you think our policies are they are heaven compared to the other guy's.
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Collateral damage on the battle-field? Understandable.
If an American terrorist actually has a gun to somebody's head, okay. Buy-bye then...

But the idea of saying that you can take out an American, without a trial, in a strategic strike like those that take out al Qaeda leaders is just beyond repugnant.
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Sounds fair to me. Any who threatens this country needs to know that it may cost them their life to do so.
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Collateral damage on the battle-field? Understandable.
If an American terrorist actually has a gun to somebody's head, okay. Buy-bye then...

But the idea of saying that you can take out an American, without a trial, in a strategic strike like those that take out al Qaeda leaders is just beyond repugnant.
was this policy in placed under Bush, or is this the change everyone was hoping for?
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Sounds fair to me. Any who threatens this country needs to know that it may cost them their life to do so.
That's a little odd, because the 2 country's were at war with, didn't threaten us.
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