By: Steven Wittenberg
Drone technology is here to stay. They are the Obama administration’s instrument of choice for high-level officials to execute “lawful . . . lethal operations in a foreign country” aimed at enemy combatants (who can be U.S. citizens) who happen to be an “operational leader.” To qualify, there must be an “imminent threat,” capture must not practical, and the slaying must be consistent with the laws of war. “Imminent” is a self-defense term, which demands that the official must “know, in a detailed manner, who poses such a threat, in what circumstances, and how and when such persons can be targeted.” At the intersection of intelligence gathering and the decision to strike are the so-called “kill lists,” which are maintained to ensure the targets satisfy all the conditions of a lawful targeted killing.
As a vestige of President Obama’s grand strategy to … Read the rest