The government’s use of drone aircraft to attack and kill Americans overseas who are alleged to be terrorists raises critical legal issues, Rep. Bob Goodlatte, R-Roanoke County, says.
Goodlatte is chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, which has set hearings for Wednesday on drone attacks.
” The Committee has a constitutional duty to examine the Obama administration’s targeted killing of alleged American terrorists overseas,” Goodlatte said.
“The Obama administration’s decision to impose the ultimate penalty on American terrorists abroad stands in stark contrast of its criticism of the previous administration’s detainee policy,” he added. “It also raises serious questions about the role of due process during wartime when the enemy may be a U.S. citizen. The Committee must explore these issues and ensure Americans’ constitutional rights are protected at all times.”