Romancing the Drone

  • Aired:  02/19/14
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The Obama administration explores the legal ramifications of aerial citizen reduction programs. (4:40)

[CHEERS AND APPLAUSE]>> Jon: MY NAME IS JON

STEWART.

WELCOME TO "THE DAILY SHOW".

MY GUEST TONIGHT -- THIS IS AGOOD ONE.

AMERICAN HUSTLE.

AMERICAN HUSTLE DIRECTOR DAVIDO. RUSSELL IS JOINING US

TONIGHT.

REALLY GOT A GOOD MOVIE.

WOW.

NOW, AS MANY OF YOU ARE AWARE,THE UNITED STATES -- WHERE WE

LIVE --[LAUGHTER]

HAS LONG BEEN AT THE FOREFRONTOF EXPLODABLE TECHNOLOGY HAVING

ADVANCED IN TWO SHORT CENTURIESFROM BARRELS LABELED TNT --

[LAUGHTER]-- TO TODAY'S FLYING TNT BARREL

DELIVERING UNMANNED AERIALVEHICLES.

AND YOU KNOW WHAT THEY SAY, IFYOU GOT 'EM, SMOKE 'EM.

>> THE UNITED STATES HAS BEENCONDUCTING TARGETED KILLINGS

OUTSIDE OF BATTLEFIELDS FOR 10.5YEARS. KILLING SOMETHING LIKE3,500 PEOPLE

425 STRIKES, 375 UNDERPRESIDENT OBAMA.

>> Jon: PRESIDENT OBAMA IS OURCOUNTRY'S ALL-TIME LEADER IN

OUTSIDE BATTLEFIELD SKY KILLINGOR BSK FOR THOSE OF YOU -- HE'S

LIKE BARRY BOMBS.

[LAUGHTER]

OF DRONE STRIKES, IF YOU WILL.

BUT THERE ARE LIMITS TO THISPRACTICE.

>> FOR THE RECORD, I DO NOTBELIEVE IT WOULD BE

CONSTITUTIONAL FOR THEGOVERNMENT TO TARGET AND KILL

ANY UNITED STATES CITIZEN WITH ADRONE OR WITH A SHOTGUN WITHOUT

DUE PROCESS.

>> Jon: WHAT A RELIEF.

[ LAUGHTER ]OF COURSE, THAT WAS IN MAY.

HOW DOES THAT STATEMENT HOLD UPIN FEBRUARY?

>> OFFICIALS CONFIRM THAT INDEEDTHE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION IS

TRYING TO DECIDE WHETHER IT CANLEGALLY LAUNCH A DRONE STRIKE

AGAINST AN AMERICAN CITIZEN WHOIS WORKING WITH AL QAEDA IN AN

UNNAMED FOREIGN COUNTRY.

>> Jon: THAT'S OUR DILEMMA.

IT'S NOT CONSTITUTIONAL TO KILL

AN AMERICAN WITHOUT DUE

PROCESS BUT THERE'S THISAMERICAN THAT WE WOULD REALLY

LIKE TO KILL.

BUT THE STANDARD AS SEEN ON TV.

THE STANDARD AS SEEN ON TV --YOU LIKE THAT?

[LAUGHTER]THE STANDARD AS SEEN ON TV DUE

PROCESS IS SUCH A PROCESS.

[LAUGHTER]LAWYERS AND THE BURDENS OF THE

PROOF AND TRANSPARENCY AND THECOURT DRAWINGS ALWAYS WITH THE

COURT DRAWINGS.

SURE EVERYBODY LOOKS LIKECHARLES MANSON WHEN YOU ARE

USING CRAYPAS.

WE KNOW HOW THE BUSHADMINISTRATION WOULD HANDLE A

SITUATION OF WANTING TO DOSOMETHING THAT THE CONSTITUTION

WOULD PROHIBIT.

FOR INSTANCE,.

>> WE DON'T TORTURE.

>> Jon: EXACTLY.

WE DON'T TORTURE.

[ APPLAUSE ]BUT WE WOULD ALSO REALLY LIKE TO

GET INFORMATION FROM THIS GUY BYSTRIPPING HIM NAKED AND GIVING

HIM A SENSATION THAT HE ISDROWNING WHILE A DOG IS BARKINGAT

HIM AND WE WOULD LIKE TO KEEPHIM AWAKE FOR A REALLY LONGTIME.

WHEN WE PUT IT THAT WAY ITSOUNDS LIKE TORTURE.

I KNOW.

>> SENIOR OFFICIALS IN THEUNITED STATES GOVERNMENT

SOLICITED INFORMATION ON HOW TOUSE AGGRESSIVE TECHNIQUES.

REDEFINING THE LAW TO CREATETHE APPEARANCE OF THEIR

LEGALITY AND AUTHORIZE THEIR USEAGAINST DETAINEES.

>> Jon: HMMMM.

IS THERE A SNAPPIER WAY TO PUTTHAT.

>> ENHANCED INTERROGATIONTECHNIQUES.

>> Jon: THANK YOU.

TORTURE, IT WASN'T A MORAL

ISSUE, IT WAS A BRANDING ISSUE.

[LAUGHTER]THEIR PRISONERS WERE TORTURED

BUT THEIR DECISION-MAKING NEVERWAS.

BUT THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATIONWON'T SAY WE'RE NOT DOING A

TARGETED ASSASSINATION OF ANAMERICAN WITHOUT DUE PROCESS

WHEN THEY COULD SAY WE'RECONDUCTING AN AERIAL CITIZEN

REDUCTION PROGRAM.

[LAUGHTER]BUT THEY WON'T DO THAT BECAUSE

THEY CONSIDER THEMSELVES ABOVETHAT KIND OF SIMPLISTIC

CHICANERY BUT THEY'LL GET THERE.

THEY WILL KILL THAT DUDE BECAUSEULTIMATELY WHAT WE LEARNED IS

THE DIFFERENCE BETWEENADMINISTRATIONS IS NOT

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