I have a question for Senator Paul. If the president is notified that an airliner with 200 passengers on board has been hijacked by Muslim extremists who plan to fly it into a packed football stadium then does he have the authority to order that airplane shot down?
The question in effect becomes — which do you prefer, 200 people dead or 3000 people dead?
Damned if you do and damned if you don’t.
I don’t think the constitution gives you a guide to this.
Something beyond that document has to prevail.
I doubt they’d use a drone to bring down a passenger jet. A fighter jet would be more appropriate.
And I’d argue yes, the President does have the authority. If I were President and that situation presented itself, I’d give the order to shoot it down without batting an eye.
You didn't watch any of the filibuster, did you? I watched only three hours of the thirteen, and he addressed that specific scenario *multiple* times.
My opinion is Hell yes. Even if I was on that Plane. GW made the call on 9/11 after the tower attacks and I thought it was right then I would think it was right if Nero did it.
That is a world appart from Jose in Tupilo that is pissed at Nero and calls him a Muzzie loving Half Breed that should be tried for treason.