The assertion that the U.S. government would not use drones to kill Americans on their turf is an illusionary notion. Rand Paul’s thirteen-hour talkathon to block confirmation of President Obama’s nominee for director of the CIA was an unnecessary waste of time. Sen. John McCain’s “wacko bird” comment was at best entertaining. In face of America’s history of brutal, lethal force, both here and abroad, they, Congress, and the American people are not in touch with reality if they think it can’t happen here.
Paul’s filibuster was superfluous. U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder previously answered what Paul sought. Holder previously wrote a letter to Paul saying that under certain circumstances they could use military force to kill an American on U.S. soil but they had no predesigned intention to do so. It was an honest answer. Paul’s persistent question simply forced Holder again to answer essentially the same question to which he simply answered no.
The truth is that the government will use armed drones against Americans under certain circumstances, just as Holder explained to Paul.
Places in history like Dresden, Hiroshima, Go Gun Ri, My Lai, Kuwait’s “Highway of Death,” Iraq, and Afghanistan are evidence of just what the U.S. Military and an American is capable of doing to another human being. View this video, then ask yourself if these Americans are capable of killing an American as well.
An argument that also should be in consideration is the U.S. policy of torture and extraordinary renditions to black sites. If it served military or government purposes would it matter if the person was an American?
A government, military, and those who will use torture and brutal, lethal force against another human being will not have any qualms about employing it against you/me.
And, don’t ignore law enforcement’s history of excessive violence and use of deadly force. Or forget the outrageous civil rights violations Dr. Martin Luther King dedicated his life combating. Those violated were not Germans, Japanese, Vietnamese, Iraqis, or Afghans (though it should not matter), they were Americans brutally attacked and murdered by Americans.
The existential evidence should leave no doubt that U.S. citizens are vulnerable and not exempt from an attack by an armed unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), a drone. It’s an illusion for anyone to think otherwise, including John McCain who thinks it’s “a scenario that won’t happen and can’t happen” here. I bet at one time he thought that torture could not happen here either.