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Administration leaves open use of drones in U.S.

Letter to the editor

Sen. Rand Paul wrote a letter to Mr. John Brennan asking if “the president has the power to authorize lethal force, such as a drone strike, against a U.S. citizen on U.S. soil, and without trial.” The U.S. attorney general answered the question, and not Mr. Brennan (who was running for the position of CIA director and was a known drone advocate).

Have you seen the letter from the U.S. attorney General to Sen. Paul? When you eliminate the political “bull” and legal wording, the letter says that the Executive Branch of the federal government “should not attack on American soil, but, we can.”

If the federal government thinks your local law enforcement is not acting, in its opinion, aggressive enough, it can intercede and launch its attack drones. Could that have happened when the southern Californian police did not seek aggressively the renegade veteran and rogue ex-LAPD officer who received the beneficiary of a drone attack? It took over 72 hours before the local law enforcement could find him. EDWARD SCHWEIKERT

Albany