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  •  transparency is the key... (5+ / 0-)
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    there must be a means for congress to set limits for the use of these tools, there must be some way for average citizens to understand the scope and scale of the actions, such that they can meaningfully consent to them.  

    where the rights and civil liberties of citizens are infringed by this technology, there must be full transparency.  the citizens must know how, for example, their privacy is compromised and be able to hold those that wield the tools accountable should they misuse it.  history shows us that far too often the classification system is used to hide abuses and mistakes, we must not allow that to continue.  

    clearly all of the co-equal branches of government need to be able to check and balance each other on this issue, and with the executive branch hiding the details behind a wall of secrecy, that cannot happen.  further, the program needs to be harmonized with international human rights law as there is significant evidence that the technology as it is now being implemented does not meet the standards of treaties and agreements that we are bound by legally.

    i'm part of the 99% - america's largest minority

    by joe shikspack on Mon Nov 26, 2012 at 07:29:12 AM PST

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    •  As opposed to any other tool of war? (1+ / 0-)
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      Why are drones so special?

    •  What should the role of Congress be? (0+ / 0-)

      Are you saying Congress should pass a law defining the scope of permissible use?  Or should Congress also be additionally consulted for each instance of use?  Should there be a mechanism, similar to that for wiretapping, in which an agent or adminstrator of the program is required to obtain approval from a judge?

      What agency or agencies should administer the program?  

      •  there is a role for congress and the courts... (1+ / 0-)
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        congress needs to tend to its role of oversight of the cia and the military, certainly that would extend to setting the scope of permissible use.  congress and the courts would also have a role in determining when treaties or human rights law is broken and punishing infractions where required.  the courts need to be involved where there is a punitive action taken against an individual.  

        i'm part of the 99% - america's largest minority

        by joe shikspack on Mon Nov 26, 2012 at 10:22:49 AM PST

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    •  The issue in my mind is that the program (3+ / 0-)
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      is so lawless by its nature that it can't bear scrutiny.  That's why it's all so secret.  

      The Administration has bent over backward to present the program as a model of traditional due process, sensitive consideration of human rights, etc.   They don't seem to see the absurdity of these claims in the context of a program whose whole purpose is to plot and commit murder of anyone they please in secret, so they doth protest too much.  

      I think we had a right to expect of a a President who in another lifetime was a professor of constitutional law that he might notice the antipathy of "Just trust us" to the whole idea of rule of law, whose very premise is that leaders who say that comprise a recipe for failure and tyranny.  Really, haven't they read ANY history?  

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