Here are some interesting quotes from an MSNBC article titled Legal experts fear implications of White House drone memo:
Legal experts expressed grave reservations Tuesday about an Obama administration memo concluding that the United States can order the killing of American citizens believed to be affiliated with al-Qaida — with one saying the White House was acting as “judge, jury and executioner.”
The memo, made public Monday, provides detail about the administration’s controversial expansion of drone strikes against al-Qaida suspects abroad, including those aimed at American citizens.
Among them were Anwar al-Awlaki and Samir Khan, who were killed by an American strike in September 2011 in Yemen. Both men were U.S. citizens who had not been charged with a crime.
Attorney General Eric Holder, in a talk at Northwestern University Law School in March, endorsed the constitutionality of targeted killings of Americans provided that the government determines such an individual poses “an imminent threat of violent attack.”
But the memo obtained by NBC News refers to a broader definition of imminence and specifically says the government is not required to have “clear evidence that a specific attack on U.S. persons and interests will take place in the immediate future.”
So for all my Obama-lovin’ pals out there: Remind me again, what was it that you hated so much about George W. Bush? Didn’t it have something to do with pre-emptive strikes against foreigners who hadn’t actually attacked the United States? Is it okay with you if we kill Americans who haven’t actually attacked the United States?
If it is okay with you, then remind me again … what was it you hated so much about George W. Bush? Shouldn’t you all be marching down some big-city street right now, wearing Grim Reaper costumes and carrying pictures of Obama drawn to look like Hitler?