From Sott.net, an article by Joe Quinn, seems to cover the situation accurately. “Go figure” INDEED!
How many Americans are aware that their government has claimed the authority to arbitrarily kill their fellow citizens when it chooses, and that it can do so ‘legally’, without any evidence that the citizen in question posed any threat to anyone, let alone the US government or its ‘interests’?
How many Americans are aware that the US government has responded to court cases brought by the ACLU questioning the US government’s authority to engage in targeted assassinations of US citizens by saying that this is a political question and that US courts and judges have no say in the matter (“There exists no appropriate judicial forum to evaluate these constitutional considerations“)? I’d wager not many. But that’s precisely what the US government has done, according to a leaked unsigned and undated Justice Department white paper, obtained by NBC News. You can read the white paper here. The actual legal justification as defined by Justice Department lawyers in 2010 is being kept secret by the government, but the ‘white paper’ explains that, not only has the government decided that targeted assassinations without due process are legal, but that no evidence of any imminent threat from a target is necessary for the target to be deemed an imminent threat. (Go figure).
Post linked here.
- We need judicial oversight of targeted assassinations: Guest opinion (oregonlive.com)
- U.S. hides behind tortured definitions in targeted assassination policy: Leonard Pitts Jr. (oregonlive.com)
- ‘Kill List’ Document Outlines When US Can Target Its Own Citizens in Drone Strikes (commondreams.org)
- Chilling legal memo from Obama DOJ justifies assassination of US citizens (loonwatch.com)
- Just don’t call it a double standard because that would be totally wrong (digbysblog.blogspot.com)
- Waterboarding Bad, Assassination Good (nationalreview.com)