The Targeted Killing Memo: A Weak Brief Begging For A Court Case

Feb 7, 2013 Full story: www.theatlantic.com
The Obama Administration finally offers up its legal justifications for drone strikes, describing a shaky policy that already is being challenged in federal court.

It comes years too late for U.S. born Anwar Al-Awlaki and his teenage son, born in Denver, who both were killed by U.S. drone strikes in 2011. And it comes years too early for any Supreme Court review. But it seems to me that there are at least two ways to view the Justice Department's newly leaked "White Paper," which at long last identifies some of the legal justifications for the extrajudicial killings abroad of certain American terror suspects.

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“Yeah, but...”

Since: Sep 11

MILKY WAY

#3 Feb 7, 2013
Seems to me this leaked memo is in the same category as that used by President Bush to establish that water-boarding is not torture.

Now, we have a President seeking to establish a legal premise for killing American citizens.

At this juncture, the memos appear to be limited to targeted Americans overseas. How long before the President tries to apply the same tenets to citizens in the U.S.?

It seems to me that a citizen who can be killed can also be captured and tried in a court of law. That is our right, regardless of where we happen to be. Infringement of the inalianable right to life is a crime, tanatamount to treason. Any President who targets and kills American citizens anywhere without providing an opportunity for the citizen to face his accusers in a court of law should be impeached.

“Open your eyes”

Since: Sep 09

Central Florida

#4 Feb 7, 2013
SirPrize wrote:
Seems to me this leaked memo is in the same category as that used by President Bush to establish that water-boarding is not torture.
Now, we have a President seeking to establish a legal premise for killing American citizens.
At this juncture, the memos appear to be limited to targeted Americans overseas. How long before the President tries to apply the same tenets to citizens in the U.S.?
It seems to me that a citizen who can be killed can also be captured and tried in a court of law. That is our right, regardless of where we happen to be. Infringement of the inalianable right to life is a crime, tanatamount to treason. Any President who targets and kills American citizens anywhere without providing an opportunity for the citizen to face his accusers in a court of law should be impeached.
Ding ding ding.

Pat Sajak, tell him what he won.

“Obama Shames the USA”

Since: Apr 09

Location hidden

#5 Feb 7, 2013
People that thought Benghazi was old news are complete and utter liars who are self delusional mental cases. Including Obama himself. Obama shouldn't have killed Chris Stevens.

Since: Mar 11

Minnesota's North Coast

#6 Feb 7, 2013
Ninthman wrote:
People that thought Benghazi was old news are complete and utter liars who are self delusional mental cases. Including Obama himself. Obama shouldn't have killed Chris Stevens.
Did hte Panetta hearings not go as you had hoped? and now you're pouting?

Little bird gonna come and poop on that lower lip of yours...

what a tool!

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