Archive: 04/2013

Drone Assassination

America’s New High-Tech Means of Global Dominance

by Hendrik Van den Berg
UNL Professor of Economics

Even though the U.S. military and the CIA have been using drones for surveillance and bombing for over a decade, the issue of drone assassinations became front-page news this year. In early March of 2013, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder was called to testify before Congress about targeting U.S. citizens within our borders with drone strikes. Documentation was acquired by various news media suggesting that not only does the U.S. government claim to have a right to launch drone strikes against foreigners on foreign territory, but President Obama has legal memos that justify using drones to kill Americans in an “extraordinary circumstance.” The precise definition of “extraordinary” was classified information, however.

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