This was the enemy, served up in the latest chart from the intelligence agencies: 15 Qaeda suspects in Yemen with Western ties. The mug shots and brief biographies resembled a high school yearbook layout. Several were Americans. Two were teenagers, including a girl who looked even younger than her 17 years.Can you believe it? American citizens who have not been convicted of a crime, being sought and executed without being afforded that chance of a trial. Whether are not they are terrorists, is not the point rather they are American citizens who should be given due process.
President Obama, overseeing the regular Tuesday counter terrorism meeting of two dozen security officials in the White House Situation Room, took a moment to study the faces. It was Jan. 19, 2010, the end of a first year in office punctuated by terrorist plots and culminating in a brush with catastrophe over Detroit on Christmas Day, a reminder that a successful attack could derail his presidency. Yet he faced adversaries without uniforms, often indistinguishable from the civilians around them.
- New York Times
During a CBS 60 Minutes interview on January 29, 2012, the United States Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta revealed that Obama himself personally approves the policy of killing American citizens suspected of terrorism without trial on a case by case basis. Including 17-year old kids.
In the LRC Blog, Bill Anderson wrote,
In the USA, it is illegal to impose executions on people under 18, something that most Democrats would support, I suppose. Yet, their vaunted president, Barack Obama, has declared that a 17-year-old girl is to be gunned down if American spies can find her.
- LRC Blog's Bill Anderson
The White House has continually asserted it has the right to kill anyone (or what some would call state-sponsored assassinations) anywhere in the world without having to provide any shed of evidence or even go through any legal process. All the President and his administration has to do is merely suggest that the target is a terrorist and it doesn’t matter whether they are an American citizen or not.
Is this George Orwell's 1984? No, it is much worse the anything dreamed up by Orwell. Whose to say that you are I aren't on the list, simply because President Obama doesn't like us?
Can the president legally do this? In a word: No.
The president cannot lawfully order the killing of anyone, except according to the Constitution and federal law. Under the Constitution, he can only order killing using the military when the U.S. has been attacked, or when an attack is so imminent and certain that delay would cost innocent American lives, or in pursuit of a congressional declaration of war. Under federal law, he can only order killing using civilians when a person has been sentenced lawfully to death by a federal court and the jury verdict and the death sentence have been upheld on appeal. If he uses the military to kill, federal law requires public reports of its use to Congress and congressional approval after 180 days.
My name is Kevin, and that's what I think. What do you think? Agree? Disagree?
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