Saturday, February 9, 2013

Will U.S. Federal Judges Be Given the Authority On Who Can be Put On A Drone Kill List?

Lawmakers Propose Giving Federal Judges Role In Drone Strikes, But Hurdles Await -- Washington Post

A proposal to give federal ­judges a direct role in the nation’s drone campaign gained new momentum this week with a signal from senior lawmakers that they intend to consider creating a special court to oversee the selection of targets for lethal strikes.

But the idea — cited by Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), among others, as a way to impose new accountability on the drone program — faces significant legal and logistical hurdles, according to U.S. officials and legal experts.

Among the main obstacles is almost-certain opposition from the executive branch to a dilution of the president’s authority to protect the country against looming threats. Others include the difficulty of putting judges in a position to approve the killing of individuals — possibly including American citizens — even if they have not been convicted of a crime.

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My Comment: I doubt that the White House will agree to this proposal .... as to the logistical hurdles that will need to be over-comed in order to make such a special court work .... I just do not see that happening.

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