Drone Strikes and American Citizens

The public debate about drone strikes is largely focusing on whether the President should be able to kill Americans overseas using drone strikes.

I think that using a drone, or a spec ops team, or a cruise missile strike, should be legal, IF there has been some sort of judicial review of the case against the target.

Removing life or liberty should be done via due process of law, whether the suspect is in the US, or in some other country. I do not think it is unreasonable to require that government make a case before taking action against somebody, and IF that person has been judged to have committed a crime, exact appropriate punishment, up to and including taking their life. That could be a trial in absentia.

I have the same basic issue with the prisoners in the American Gulag at Gitmo. Either try them, or let them go, but no detention forever.

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