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Drone use must be restricted

On Wednesday, I was fortunate to have attended Medea Benjamin's talk on drone warfare at the Pratt Library. It's time Americans began to understand and speak out against the misuse of this technology. There is no basic problem with unmanned aerial vehicles, but their deployment and purpose needs far more oversight. How fortuitous President Barack Obama has begun the conversation ("Setting limits on drones," May 24).

Mercifully, the CIA "fly-boys" are to be relieved of their drone duties. Killing alleged enemy combatants belongs in the hands of the military. The CIA never should have been given this "black-ops" toy to play with in the first place.

I've studied the drone phenomena for some time. The technology can be useful and of value in war, but the collateral damage (i.e. civilians accidentally targeted) is unacceptable. This has been a powerful al-Qaida recruiting tool.

You are correct to state that "the U.S. Constitution has taken some hard hits," but in actuality it has been ignored. Article One, Sec 8 states the authority to go to war lies with Congress, not the President. And when it comes to fighting terrorism, it might be wise to examine why America is so hated in certain areas. Instead of "supporting democracy, addressing chronic poverty … improving education and nurturing entrepreneurship..." we need to look at ourselves and ask what we have done to antagonize so many who wish to destroy us.

Rosalind Heid, Baltimore

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