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  •  It will come down to how the airstrikes are used. (0+ / 0-)

    Sort of like the gun issue. If an airstrike targets and kills a US citizen stateside or in a country where the majority of people believe an arrest or capture could've been arranged, I think you would find public support for this to swing wildly negative.

    I do think it's ironic though that some people here who stridently oppose the airstrike policy because they're sure the gov will misuse it, are just fine with gun registration, confiscation, etc because they're sure the government won't misuse it.

    I see what you did there.

    by GoGoGoEverton on Tue Feb 05, 2013 at 08:34:48 AM PST

    •  I simply cannot agree with this mentality or (1+ / 0-)
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      It will come down to how the airstrikes are used
      Since when have our LEO been unable to capture people here? What eminent threat does any American pose?

      Has war been declared against the American People and I wasn't told?  Are the American People now the enemy?

      Can Whistleblowers be targeted for speaking? Or newspapers for publishing the crimes of our government? Will that be deemed an "eminent threat"?

      Those damn Occupiers won't leave. Send in the drones!

      USING MILITARY ASSETS to kill American Citizens on US soil is not acceptable, period.

      The people proposing these things should be considered traitors and arrested.  Men of Reason tried to warn us.

      That said, what will a firearm do against a Drone? Unless you hunt down and shoot the drone operator, you're dead in 20 minutes or less.  And I'm more inclined to believe they are computer controlled and directed these days, no operator needed.

      As for the cognitive dissonance here, it IS frightening.

      -7.62; -5.95 The scientists of today think deeply instead of clearly. One must be sane to think clearly, but one can think deeply and be quite insane.~Tesla

      by gerrilea on Tue Feb 05, 2013 at 10:36:14 AM PST

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      •  I'm not sure where we're disagreeing: (1+ / 0-)
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        Since when have our LEO been unable to capture people here? What eminent threat does any American pose?

        Has war been declared against the American People and I wasn't told?  Are the American People now the enemy?

        None, which is why if there was an airstrike here against a citizen, or even in a country where we have extradition agreements, people would go nuts.
        Can Whistleblowers be targeted for speaking? Or newspapers for publishing the crimes of our government? Will that be deemed an "eminent threat"?

        Those damn Occupiers won't leave. Send in the drones!

        Don't seem to be eminent threats.
        USING MILITARY ASSETS to kill American Citizens on US soil is not acceptable, period.
        The people proposing these things should be considered traitors and arrested.  Men of Reason tried to warn us.
        I agree.
        That said, what will a firearm do against a Drone? Unless you hunt down and shoot the drone operator, you're dead in 20 minutes or less.  And I'm more inclined to believe they are computer controlled and directed these days, no operator needed.
        I didn't bring up firearms in reference to defense against drones, I'm bringing up the fact that some (obv not you) completely trust the government to the point that they are willing to have the populace completely disarmed. But if an admin can take out an Al-Qaeda operative in the badlands of Yemen that happens to also be a US citizen and thinks that was legal, look out they're going to drone occupiers next?

        I see what you did there.

        by GoGoGoEverton on Tue Feb 05, 2013 at 10:43:00 AM PST

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        •  Okay, my bad....sorry... (1+ / 0-)
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          It sounded like you were saying it was okay to send in the drones and take Americans out.

          -7.62; -5.95 The scientists of today think deeply instead of clearly. One must be sane to think clearly, but one can think deeply and be quite insane.~Tesla

          by gerrilea on Tue Feb 05, 2013 at 10:49:53 AM PST

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