Snowden: Valid Drone Strike Target or No? And Why?
So, we have a man who broke our highest levels of security, and did (as variously stated by current and former Defense and Intelligence people) untold and massive damage to the security of the United States.
We have a man who fled the United States, went to China, and now cannot be located (some word today he may be in Russia).
By any definition used throughout the "War on Terror", this man could be classified as an enemy combatant and an onging threat to the security fo the United States due to hsi former clearence level and what ELSE he might know or know how to access.
As such, the intellectual question should be asked.....is Snowden a valid target for a U.S. Drone Strike?
As we've discussed previously, his citizenship (for those in favor of drone strikes) and his lack of public trail and finding of guilt are irrelevant to this question. Only his actions and his potential future actions/what he might be planning to do going forward in terms of damaging the U.S. should be considered.
So, assuming he is in a country who will exploit him and/or refuse to extradite him back to the United States......drone strike yes? Or Drone strike no?