March 4, 2013
In a new op-ed published on the legal news site Jurist, Amos Guiora, Professor of Law at the University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law, argues that the U.S. policy of targeting suspected terrorists with drones should be subject to a strict scrutiny standard similar to a legal proceeding.
“Rather than relying on the executive branch to make decisions in a ‘closed world’ devoid of oversight and review, the intelligence information justifying the proposed action must be submitted to a court that would ascertain the information's admissibility,” Guiora writes.
Guiora concludes that this approach would yield “A drone policy predicated on the rule of law and morality rather than the deeply troubling paradigm established by the Obama administration in the DOJ white paper.”
Jurist is an on-line legal news service hosted by the University of Pittsburgh School of Law.