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Letter: Due process doesn’t apply in drone attacks

Due process doesn’t apply in drone attacks

This is a response to Cathleen Krahe’s call for “due process” in drone strikes (“Senseless drone killings,” letters, Feb. 22, The Aspen Times).

First, the notion of due process has no application to targeting in war. Second, the law of war (specifically, the 1977 Additional Protocol I to the Geneva Conventions and Army Field Manual 27-10) does require that an attacker (1) ensure the target is a legitimate military objective and (2) consider whether the probable losses in lives will be disproportionate to the military advantage anticipated.

Presented with the opportunity to take out an al Qaeda bomb maker in a wedding convoy, I take it Ms. Krahe would want to give the bomb maker “notice and an opportunity to be heard” before unleashing the drone strike. I wonder what the victims of the next car bombing would think about that.

Ted Hess

Brigadier general, U.S. Marine Corps (Ret.)

Glenwood Springs


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