Graham: Courts Should Not Get Involved in Drone War

Also touched on sequestration, Hagel nomination and Benghazi attack.

Appearing on Fox News Sunday, Sen. Lindsey Graham said he does not believe that the courts should get involved with drone attacks involving the war on terror. "The worst thing in the world would be for the courts to decide who the targets are in the war on terror," Graham told host Chris Wallace.

The issue was raised last week when Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul criticized Pres. Obama's use of drones against American citizens who had joined Al-Qaeda.

Graham said that Americans who side with Al-Qaeda should be treated as the enemy, particularly in a time of war.

See the entire interview here.

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JoSCh February 18, 2013 at 04:49 PM
I'm ok with designating any and all Al Qaida members as enemy combatants. I get the slippery slope argument, but I don't believe we're in any real danger of sliding down it. Nether Graham nor Obama are tyrants. Quit being hysterical. Can I see this "list" with OWS and Tea Party classified as domestic terrorist organizations?
Tom Utley February 18, 2013 at 06:54 PM
LOL, you don't see the slippery slope argument JoSCh, but if George W Bush was still president (he is, in a way) then you would be screaming bloody murder. Who decides if a person joined Al Quaeda? Do you even know what Al Quaeda is? Who gets to make that determination? Are you seriously OK with the King.... er, I mean, President, pointing out an individual and saying "off with his head" without any due process or trial by jury or any of the common law protections that we are all guaranteed in this country?
JoSCh February 18, 2013 at 09:55 PM
I supported President Bush as well on most things, and I don't support President Obama on everything. In the case of all the enemy combatants that we know have been killed by drone strikes, they decided themselves that they were Al Qaida. I believe I do, yes. But I bet you have some super secret intel that the gov't is hiding from us. No, I clearly didn't say that, your hysteria is showing again. There hasn't been a drone strike in this country. People that clearly disavowed America are no longer protected by our laws, and certainly not when they're having meetings with senior Al Qaida leaders in Yemen.
Tom Utley February 20, 2013 at 02:33 PM
JoSCh, you do realize, don't you, that this same exact argument has been made by every single murderous government throughout history? "This person has disavowed our great empire, he must be crucified!!!" This is why we have system of law and due process: so that a jury of your peers can evaluate the case and determine if what the tyrant says is true or not. We used to make fun of countries who didn't do this. Now we are one.
JoSCh February 20, 2013 at 04:19 PM
So you think that we killed Anwar al-Awlaki because he disavowed us, and not because he was an Al Qaida leader? Death by missile != crucifixion, not even close really. I'm curious if you're ABLE to write a post about Obama/gov't without resorting to hysterical hyperbole. Are you this way in real life? Is every pothole the Grand Canyon? Every minor success a watershed moment in human history?


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