A question I wish Rand Paul would raise now
His flibuster got the White House, rather reluctantly it would seem, to state that a President does not have "authority to use a weaponized drone to kill an American not engaged in combat on an American soil."
Nice to know. Further question: do situations like Waco or Ruby Ridge constitute citizens having "engaged in combat"?
At Waco, the government deployed an M-1 Abrams and armored personnel carriers, military aircraft, and even a battlefield robot (which kept breaking down).
UPDATE: the "incident commander" had an Abrams. The building was broken up and gassed by Combat Engineering Vehicles, while APCs contributed CS gas projectiles.
Do Waco and Ruby Ridge situations constitute "engaging in combat"?
I don't think so. Ruby Ridge was the result of entrapment by the government.
Waco was not a federal issue, unless one is to believe that unregistered automatic weapons were involved and I've never seen anything conclusive about that.
The issue of child abuse at Waco was a State, not federal, issue.
So no. I'd say they were issues of self-defense rather than engaging in armed combat against the government.
Posted by: CDR D at March 7, 2013 04:48 PM
Won't the feds just show up, wait until a shot is fired, then claim shots were fired at federal officials which makes it a federal matter?
(Me? Cynical? Nah.)
Posted by: wrangler5 at March 7, 2013 08:41 PM
I don't remember a M1 being involved, the vehicle I remember smashing into the compound was a M728 Combat Engineer Vehicle. The M728 is based on the M60 series.
Posted by: Jim K at March 8, 2013 08:47 AM
Does the term "weaponized drone" include armed Federal agents?
Posted by: Tom in Seattle at March 8, 2013 10:17 AM
Jim K is correct that the M728 is built up from the M60. I don't know about other vehicles being used there.
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