FAA to Allow Unmanned Drones (to kill you)

The Federal Aviation Administration has taken the first concrete step toward allowing drones to fly alongside passenger airplanes in the United States.

As required by a law signed by President Obama in February, the FAA is moving forward with a plan to integrate unmanned aircraft into the national airspace by 2015.  …

Proponents of the plan envision drones being used to help dust crops, fight forest fires, sell houses, shoot movies and assist local police in chasing suspects.

via Chicago Tribune.

Now that Eric Holder and the FBI Chief are talking about how the U.S. Government has the right to take your life away from you without even giving you a trial, this is really just the next logical step.  What a better way to kill U.S. citizens than with UAVs?

2012, meet 1984.

So Now What That the G-8’s Gone?

Yesterday’s news:

The White House abruptly announced Monday that it had scuttled plans to hold the upcoming G-8 economic summit in Chicago, and would instead host world leaders at the presidential retreat at Camp David in Maryland.  …

A spokeswoman for Emanuel said the Chicago mayor was informed about the location change in a Monday phone call from a White House official.  …

The summits have become a target for large, and sometimes violent, protests in recent years, making security costs a concern for host cities.  …  But Joe Iosbaker of the United National Antiwar Committee in Chicago said protests would still go on during the NATO summit.

via The Washington Post.

This Iosbaker fellow received more than a passing mention in this article here yesterday about the G-8.  It seems he’s quite the professional rabble-rouser.

I would be curious if Eric Holder thinks that the “Government” could order his execution for creating violence on U.S. soil.

Holder: Your Government Can Kill You

He said the legal right to kill U.S. citizens overseas without benefit of a trial was based in Congress’ authorization to use all necessary and appropriate force against the perpetrators of 9/11 or those who helped them and the president’s power “to protect the nation from any imminent threat of violent attack.”

That authority is “not limited to the battlefields in Afghanistan,” Holder said, adding that “We are at war with a stateless enemy, prone to shifting operations from country to country.”

via Chicago Tribune.

This is just about the craziest thing I have read in weeks.

Never before has a presidential administration been so completely inconsiderate of the Constitution.  A United States Citizen’s rights do not simply vanish because they leave the country.  In fact, our courts have held that you are still subject to U.S. laws even when out of the country. When the criminal laws apply so do the protective laws.

The Constitution provides:

In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury of the State and district wherein the crime shall have been committed, which district shall have been previously ascertained by law, and to be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation; to be confronted with the witnesses against him; to have compulsory process for obtaining witnesses in his favor, and to have the Assistance of Counsel for his defence.

The Sixth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution

I don’t care what Congress passes; if you want to change the Constitution then you have amend it.  There’s a procedure for that.

Until that procedure is followed, the 6th Amendment still applies.

Obama and Holder and just plain wrong, very very wrong on this issue.

Obama Offers Legal Backing for Targeted Killings

The Obama administration on Monday plans to outline how U.S. laws empower the government to kill Americans overseas who engage in terrorism against their home country, a source familiar with the matter said, months after a drone strike killed a U.S.-born cleric who plotted attacks from Yemen.  …

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder plans to address the issue and the underpinning legal principles for using lethal force during remarks at Northwestern University School of Law on Monday afternoon in Chicago, the source said Sunday on condition of anonymity.

via Chicago Tribune.

What?!  This is just crazy.  The only way to handle this is the stop this insanity and issue a new policy that simply states, “The United States government does not — will not — knowingly kill any American citizen without a conviction of a capital crime at a trial by jury.”

Look at this another way, would the U.S. allow a foreign government to kill a foreign citizen on U.S. soil?  Of course not.  The notion is absurd.

There are so many legal problems with this that books will be written on the topic.