Editor’s Note: In June 2012, Civil Beat sent 10 questions to each of the candidates registered to run for the U.S. Senate in the Aug. 11 primary. Eight of the 11 responded, including Ed Case. The questions and answers are reproduced below in full. Read responses by Mazie Hirono and Linda Lingle to see how Case’s positions compare to those of his main competitors. Click on each topic listed below to read Civil Beat’s question and Case’s response.
Health Care Policy
1. President Obama has significantly increased the use of drones to assassinate terrorist targets. The policy has been criticized for denying due process rights for at least one American living abroad, and for the collateral killing of civilians. Do you support this policy — why or why not?
Any actions in the conduct of our national defense must preserve the constitutional rights of Americans citizens, comply with international treaties to which we’ve agreed, and seek to avoid harm to innocent civilians. I support President Obama’s drone policy with those limitations, especially to minimize harm to our own service members and civilians and to provide an invaluable option in achieving the mission of our troops and others in our defense. Of course, it is the constitutional duty of the U. S. Congress and of each U. S. Senator to exercise effective and independent oversight over the executive branch and President Obama and future Presidents in the evolution of this and other defense policies, and I will