Obama’s government is now far beyond the bounds of legality and the Constitution, and way past Iran-Contra or Watergate or F&F:
The federal government twice (5th & 14th Amendments) is prevented from taking life, liberty or property without Due Process, yet the president has (and immaturely brags about) his own personal “Kill List” that illegally includes American citizens.
Yoo only told Bush he could waterboard enemy combatants taken on the field of combat and he was relentlessly attacked, and CIA officers who followed his legal opinion were threatened with jail; Obama now has given himself permission to assassinate Americans – and anyone else he wants to…. Where are the attacks?
You may think this is ONLY to go after Taliban overseas. Really? Read the information hitting the media yesterday and today. There is NOTHING in the DoJ opinion that would, for example, preclude the president (this one or the next or any future president, of either party) from deploying drones to, say, Chicago or Phoenix, and killing “imminent” enemies in gangs or groups the president doesn’t like, without any semblance of Due Process: “He was moving product for al Qaeda… I said so, and no, I DON’T need to prove it to anyone.”
The memo authorizes the president, on his own whim, to assassinate any American if the risk of capture is “too great.” Try capturing an alleged member of MS13 in Chicago or Los Angeles.
The memo says Obama’s target for assassination must be in a foreign country: Canada – across the lake from Detroit? Mexico? Britain – the shoe bomber and others were identified there…?
Once this starts does ANYONE think we will not see a slippery slope leading to DOMESTIC assassinations based on some Administration argument about imminent danger? Can you spell “naive”??
Even the ACLU – not often quoted on this blog – states that this insane DoJ memo “redefines the word imminence in a way that deprives the word of its ordinary meaning” (emphasis mine).
The target for presidential assassination – for this is exactly what we are discussing – must be a member of Al Qaida – “or an associated force.” Wow… So if DoJ … SAYS… with NO EVIDENCE and no WARRANT and NO DUE PROCESS… that some guy in some gang – moved product for al Qaida and thereby is “associated,” then the president gets to assassinate him without Constitutionally-declared Due Process. And collateral damage? Bummer, huh? And, yeah, I know many don’t care if some gangbanger gets whacked, but that’s not America.
And who defines “gang” once Obama tells us he is just assassinating “gang members”? How about the NRA? After a hellfire strike assassinating an NRA officer, Obama just has to say “the guy was associated with al Qaeda.” No proof. No Due Process. No warrant. No probable cause. NO LEGAL LEGITIMACY.
Basically the president has, through his own DoJ, given himself an unfettered, illegal, unconstitutional license to assassinate anyone he pleases, anywhere in the world, for any reason – or no reason at all.
Here is the Deputy Legal Director of the ACLU:
“This is a chilling document. Basically, it argues that the government has the right to carry out the extrajudicial killing of an American citizen. … It recognizes some limits on the authority it sets out, but the limits are elastic and vaguely defined, and it’s easy to see how they could be manipulated.”
Obama, and his DoJ, with this memo, have become enemies of the State. They are in blatant violation not only of the spirit, but also the letter, of the law of the land: the US Constitution.
THIS is an outlaw regime, period. Obama MUST BE STOPPED.
Why the military continues to refuse their ONLY Constitutional duty – to protect the Constitution – is completely beyond me.
This president has just authorized himself to assassinate anyone in the world he chooses, without any semblance of Due Process – meaning he hasn’t got to prove to ANYONE at ANYTIME, ANYTHING about the person HE alone decides to assassinate.
If that’s not outside the Law of the Land, if that’s not precluded by OUR Constitution, the document has NO MEANING.
And if the military does not point this out and rein-in this out-of-control tyrant, THEN THEIR OATH HAS NO MEANING.
Obama must be stopped NOW. And if the military isn’t going to do their job soon there is little doubt armed rebellion will follow.
We don’t DO dictators in America
And we do NOT accept despots killing American citizens at their whim.