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The use of combat drones overseas divides Congress, but not in the usual partisan way.

Supporters of the “war on terror” in both parties tend to support the use of unmanned aircraft that often try to assassinate terrorism suspects. But libertarian Republicans have teamed up with civil liberties-backing Democrats to oppose the drones.

Now, the partisan trenches have been crossed by Rep. Dennis Kucinich, D – Ohio, and Rep. Ron Paul, R – Texas, in order to force the administration to release its legal justification.

The two mavericks who are leaving Congress at year’s end have introduced a resolution of inquiry — legislation that is used to compel specific documents from the administration, and must be considered by the committee of jurisdiction, or on the House floor, within 14 legislative days.

Since the legislation was introduced on November 28, it could come before the House this year, which means that the administration will be forced to turn over the legal justification it uses for the strikes, including any memos from the Office of Legal Counsel.


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ford_prefect42
Dec. 12th, 2012 04:26 am (UTC)
I am afraid that I simply do not see the issue with the use of drones.

I may have problems with some of the *specific* uses to which the drones have been put, but I consider that that is where any problems lie. I don't see any reason to have a problem with the use of drones to carry out an order that I wouldn't have a problem ordering a pilot to carry out.
madman101
Dec. 12th, 2012 05:52 am (UTC)
awesome!
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