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Should the military fly drones over foreign countries to gain intelligence and kill suspected terrorists?

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Drones Poll Results

Yes

2,025,103 votes

65%

No

1,090,935 votes

35%

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3 Yes answers
3 No answers
0 overlapping answers

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Any military Drones flying over other countries needs to be approved by both the House and Senate Armed Services Committee including killing suspected terrorists. 7mons ago from a Republican in Turlock, CA.

Yes, with proper oversight and precautions in place to minimize targeting of civilians. 7mons ago from a Democrat in Sunnyvale, CA.

This is the "Future Way to Fight" when enemies bury themselves in the better defended foot hills/mountains/passes and our US troops can stay a little safer than adavancing into these areas-YES DO IT as best you can as War isn't a fair/friendly thing for civilians --never was-- never will be as in all prior Wars since caveman threw rocks logs etc. Mankind hasn't evolved sorry!. 7mons ago from a Libertarian in Florissant, MO.

Yes to intelligence. Yes to kill suspects only with very Gough certainty of identity and guilt and minimal flames of collateral damage (property and life). 7mons ago from a Democrat in Chicago, IL.

I believe that it would greatly depend on the circumstance and our relationship with the nation in question. If we have diplomatic relations with the nation, Congress should require it's consent to conduct bombings which can be seen as a declaration of war. 7mons ago from a Green in Mabelvale, AR.

If regulations are in place to minimize or eradicate war profiteering, I would support the use of Drones. 7mons ago from a Democrat in Potwin, KS.

Yes, but only in the wake of an attack on the USA and only until the future threat of such an attack is eliminated or neutralized. The President as Commander-in-Chief should have complete authority to direct the nation's response to an attack for up to 60 days, after which Congress must either grant approval for the country's military response or deny approval. The failure of Congress to decide on any further action shall automatically grant the President complete authority to carry on any conflict for another six months. Congress should be mandated by law to review any military conflict every six months and either approve, disapprove, or remain silent about the conflict. 7mons ago from a Democrat in Aiea, HI.

Yes, but only with the approval of the UN Security Council and/or regional organizations like NATO or the African Union that request/sanction the strike. 7mons ago from a Democrat in Garden City, MI.

Yes but it should have a more complex authorization process and better intelligence gathering. 7mons ago from a Libertarian in Newport News, VA.

Yes, but with far more oversight, accountability, and clearer standards for use. The practice should also stop until the administration answers for the killing of certain civilians and the mistaken bombings. 7mons ago from a Green in Grand Forks, ND.

Yes, but only when the U.S. can provide public FACUTAL evidence to the judicial system or general public that doing so keeps the general public safe. They should not be used to protect private sector interest. 7mons ago from a Democrat in Chicago, IL.

Yes, but each specific case must be decided by Congress. 7mons ago from a Republican in Troy, NY.

Yes, if they have permission from the countries, because we don't want to start anything with anyone. 7mons ago from a Republican in Oconomowoc, WI.

Yes it is our business to know what goes on that may or may not threaten our country but we should not just set a drone above enemy airspace to look for knowledge. That said, If we have reason to belive in troubles from the other countries then we should by all means take proper steps to eradicating the threat appropriately. 7mons ago from a Republican in Clarksville, TN.

We do not have the right without the congressional declaration of war, nor should we be killing terrorists without this declaration and a assessment of guilt and assessment of possible detention and/or rehab without killing. 7mons ago from a Republican in West Fargo, ND.

I support more oversight over this use of Drones. 7mons ago from a Democrat in Brookline, MA.

No, drone use causes far more collateral damage than intended by killing innocent civilians, along with inspiring fear and spite from other countries such as Pakistan. The US should abolish all investment into Drones. 7mons ago from a Libertarian in El Macero, CA.

No, the current drone policy creates more opposition to the U.S. than it eliminates. 7mons ago from a Democrat in Brunswick, ME.

With the permission of the foreign country and only for intelligence purposes. 7mons ago from a Democrat in Denver, CO.

Only in the case of imminent danger against the homeland should lethal force be made. 7mons ago from a Green in Tracy, CA.

Drones should be illegal; they are cheap technology. They can be used against us as easily as we use it against them. They can be used to poison reservoirs, spread poisonous gas, etc. 7mons ago from a Democrat in Seattle, WA.

I would need more information about this subject to make a decision . 7mons ago from a Republican in Worland, WY.

Yes to combat terrorism, but there needs to be complete transparency in their motives and reasoning. Also must be done with the permission of the country infiltrated. 7mons ago from a Democrat in Fort Sill, OK.

The problem is not the weapon but the targeting. "Signature Strikes" should not be allowed and better intelligence needs to be used in targeting decisions. 7mons ago from a Democrat in Washington, DC.

The problem with drone strikes is, while they save soldiers' lives, they claim innocents because of cowards who hide behind civilians. We need to better understand that, when it comes to terrorist groups like al-Qaeda, we are dealing with people who place little (in some cases no) value on human life and work to protect civilians accordingly. 7mons ago from a Democrat in Fort Erie, NY.

No, only to gather intelligence, but only with permission from the country in question. 7mons ago from a Green in Tucson, AZ.

At times. We need to weigh all options and consider all costs and benefits including how it will affect our geopolitical situation with the countries involved. 7mons ago from a Democrat in Nashville, TN.

Yes, but we also need to go back to Cold-War style assassinations. Terrorists need to die, but not their neighbors. 7mons ago from a Republican in Potwin, KS.

The military should fly Drones over foreign countries to gain intelligence but only act to kill known terrorists rather than those they merely suspect. 7mons ago from a Democrat in Riverdale, IL.

I believe that we should protect our country but innocence should not die in the process. 7mons ago from a Republican in Fort Erie, NY.

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