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President Obama now defending his administration's controversial drone program.
He says the air strikes are necessary for national security.
For the record.
I do not believe it would be constitutional for the government.
To target and kill any US citizen.
Where they -- -- or -- they shot got without due process.
Nor should any president deploy armed drones over US -- But when a US citizen goes abroad to wage war against America.
And is actively plotting to kill US citizens.
Neither the United States nor our partners are in a position to capture him before he carries out a plot.
His citizenship should know more serve as a shield than a sniper shooting down on an innocent crowd should be protected from a swat team.
-- retired US colonel Martha -- -- was the first female pilot to fly in combat she's also.
The former chief of current operations at US Africa command -- to see you.
Good to -- -- him so -- only tell you also worked on drone targeting talk about this for me how unnecessary.
Our drones in the landscape of this modern day war.
Well -- absolutely necessary and as I've said before if we decide it's legal and it is good strategy to use lethal force.
Against the senior elements of terrorist organizations.
Then you have a list of tools that you can pick.
And remotely piloted aircraft which I prefer to call our PA's -- that are drones is a great tool to provide persistence.
Oversight precision with a very minimal collateral damage and so it isn't a great tool.
In the war on terror which I still believe is going on despite the speech yesterday.
And the legal justification is interesting but several years late.
And and getting back to that speech yesterday as you say why now what what do you think is the president's main reason.
For the restructuring that did drone program in sort of re.
Re setting -- -- hitting that reset button why now.
I well I I don't know it is not as -- but -- certainly concerned in general the tone of the speeches is almost declaring that.
You know there is no war on terrorism anymore and the -- -- -- the first time we've heard this back when I was in the military.
In 2007 time frame the administration directed that we could no longer use the term global war on terrorism.
All the way down the military -- -- and we can use it in any in any of our awards -- performance reports funding request there was no such thing as you lot anymore.
Instead it was overseas contingency operations and this is at the height of the Iraq in the Afghanistan war.
And at a time when al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula.
And al-Qaeda in the Islamic -- -- were on growing their war chests and their capabilities.
Training thousands of firefighters across Africa and into the Middle East.
Can -- conduct operations against America and its allies in his interest.
And so it is a little disturbing to me.
And someone that -- that participated in been a part of this effort.
That he appeared to be declaring -- and we're going back to more of we agreed and I Illini upset.
Free -- -- outlet at a time when in fact that threat is changing it's actually I was say metastasized.
But certainly not diminished.
And we're gonna get into banned that -- given with Mike Baker a little bit later but let me get back to this because deemed to need economic -- that you are passionate.
And concerned that the president is not calling it a war on terror.
With that in mind I would believe that many of our viewers agree with your position on that a lot of our viewers -- -- though are concerned about the drone program.
So why is through how old you know both are important.
Sure absolutely again and if if we agree that is legal for us to use lethal force which.
Again -- president put out the legal argument many years late yesterday.
But I do believe it is legal by domestic and international law to use lethal force against terrorists abroad that are trying to kill Americans so if you decide it's legal.
And you decide it's good policy to use lethal force.
Then you have to choose -- tool.
You want to manned fighter aircraft you -- -- cruise missile you want descendants of special forces and seals.
Or do you wanna capability in a remotely piloted aircraft that takes over 200 people by the way to keep -- -- for 24 hours.
So that -- all the intelligence comes together sometimes at a moment's notice.
That you actually have oversight from operators intelligence analyst the chain of command and lawyers watching her -- -- met -- can use lethal force with a very small warhead.
Precision and valley and the ability to minimize any casualties is a great -- into -- -- much -- how -- -- -- thank you so much.
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