The CIA Shouldn't Pursue Drone Program

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After 9/11 George W. Bush signed documents that gave the C.I.A the right to kill or capture any terrorist anywhere in the world. They could use lethal force against anyone that was a suspect to a national security threat calling it “anticipatory” self-defense and being released of its legal constraints by classifying terrorism as an act of war rather than a crime. This was a glove’s off response to the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001. America’s emotions were running high. They were hurt, angry, and out for revenge. According to the September 2001 Gallup poll, George Bush’s approval rating was 90% throughout the nation. Needless to say, the nation backed this guerrilla counter attack. The United States announced a war on terrorism, using different weapons and tactics to help destroy Al Qaeda and other terrorist groups. The MQ-1 Predator drone would make it’s appearance and change the way we fight terrorism forever. Jane Mayer, a distinguished writer for The New Yorker, explains, “The Predator program is described by many in the intelligence world as America’s single most effective weapon against Al Qaeda.” (2009). The C.I.A had its hand on a weapon that was less expensive than putting soldiers on the ground, no risk of soldier death, cameras that made pinpoint accuracy possible, and the ability to kill anyone they wish with a push of a button. This was an ideal weapon that would be used to dismantle high profile terrorist leaders. But what happens when such a secretive organization, like the C.I.A, is in control of such a powerful weapon with the authority to do whatever it takes to kill the bad guys? This gives them power to decide whether someone lives or dies based on intelligence they acquire. There is no du...

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...hting Al Qaeda, but rather put in front of the public eye. The only way to do that is to hand the program over to the Department of Defense.

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Roth, K. (April 4, 2013). What Rules Should Govern US Drone Attacks. The New York Review of Books, volume 60, number 6. Retrieved February 1, 2013, from

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