How does the US respond to an alleged terrorist threat in the continental US? It is quite simple—we just launch terrorist attacks on our own. To hell with international laws—none of that applies to the most powerful and sophisticated army in the world.
Those who have power do what they want and according to the Huff Post;
“There have been nine drone strikes reported in Yemen in the past two weeks – an uptick apparently connected to the Al Qaeda threat that shut down U.S. embassies across the Middle East and Africa.”
The Huff Post article looks into compensation payments to innocent bystanders of these drone attacks. Again from the Huff Post:
“But CIA director John Brennan during his confirmation process in February that the U.S. does offer condolence payments to the families of civilians killed in U.S. strikes. (Both the military and CIA fly drones over Yemen.)”
The real question is why this country needs to lash out at people and kill them randomly? Yes terrorists, such as Al Qaeda do that, yet we give off the appearance the US is above doing that. But the US is not—far from it—the US is one of the most militaristic and terrorists nations around today. Nothing this country does is peaceful and there is no attempt at diplomacy or peaceful resolution of any national questions. The US is like a beehive of hornets that just reacts to being hit with a stick. No intelligent solutions are sought. Jut naked aggression—and apparently the logic is “we will do this because we can.”