Originally Posted by aber61
So you are saying if the unmaned drone sees something going down from 5000 feet up to take action and fire a missle to take out the threat?
I also think due process comes into play for American citizens.
No, because the drones people are talking about are not the ones from the science fiction spy movies roving the sky automatically and autonomously with the ability to "see something going down from 5000 feet" and launch a missile on it's own. The drones of reality are not much more that large remote controlled (as in controlled by a human remotely) aircraft with cameras and weapons. The decision to take action and fire will still be made by a human, presumably someone in law enforcement. So while it's a bigger gun with a longer reach, it is still a lawman with a gun.
So again, if the police see someone that they reasonably believe is about to commit murder, and could stop it by shooting, should they? Or should they wait until the murder has been committed and just arrest them? Is this any different?