Paul, Kucinich Demand Holder Provide Legal Justification for Drone Deaths

By:  Joe Wolverton, II, J.D.
12/12/2012
       
Paul, Kucinich Demand Holder Provide Legal Justification for Drone Deaths

Representatives Ron Paul and Dennis Kucinich have proposed a resolution demanding the Obama administration turn over documents providing legal justification for the thousands of deaths caused by drone strikes.

Drone-fired missiles continue winnowing the list of suspected enemies of the United States.

On December 6, a U.S. drone strike in North Waziristan, Pakistan, reportedly killed suspected al-Qaeda leader Khalid bin Abdul Rahman al Husainan.

According to a U.S. intelligence source cited by The Long War Journal, “al Husainan was killed in a recent drone strike in Pakistan's tribal areas. The US launched a drone strike in the Mir Ali area of North Waziristan on Dec. 6, as well as two strikes in in the Wana area of South Waziristan on Nov. 29 and Dec. 1. One intelligence official said al Husainan may have been moved to Afghanistan after being wounded in a drone strike.”

NBC News reported that al-Hussainan, aka Abu-Zaid al Kuwaiti, was killed while eating breakfast. Reportedly, the 46-year-old “cleric” was seen as part of the “very top tier" of remaining al-Qaeda leadership.

Three days after killing al Husainan, the United States killed another al-Qaeda commander in a drone strike in North Waziristan.

A shower of missiles lit up a compound in the village of Tapi near Miramshah in North Waziristan, according to Reuters. The Express Tribune reported that an alleged al-Qaeda commander known as Mohammad Ahmed al Mansoor and three members of his family were killed in the attack.

As described by The Long War Journal, “Al Mansoor was a midlevel al Qaeda commander and was "one of many Pakistanis who are filling out leadership positions in al Qaeda.”

While there is likely much to despise about the men targeted and summarily executed by the government of the United States, two irrefutable facts should trouble constitutionalists: First, neither man was ever charged with any crime, no attempt was ever made to apprehend them, and neither was afforded the opportunity to answer the accusations made against them. Neither was afforded even the most perfunctory level of due process that the Constitution guarantees to “all persons.”

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Photos: Reps. Ron Paul and Dennis Kucinich

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