Incompetence. It seems like the current administration just can’t amass enough of it lately.
Eric Holder, Attorney General, stated earlier this week that the President has legal authority to authorize the killing of US citizens. Umm… say what?
“The administration is asserting the authority to kill any American whom the president declares to be an enemy of the state,” said Jameel Jaffer, a national security attorney with the ACLU. “That’s a breathtaking assertion.” ((http://articles.latimes.com/2012/mar/05/world/la-fg-holder-awlaki-20120306))
For the record, the only other administration that said anything even remotely similar was President Abraham Lincoln’s during the civil war. And even then, he said it should be under combat situations only.
Generally, due process guarantees the following (this list is not exhaustive):
- Right to a fair and public trial conducted in a competent manner
- Right to be present at the trial
- Right to an impartial jury
- Right to be heard in one’s own defense
- Laws must be written so that a reasonable person can understand what is criminal behavior
But, according to the Obama administration, if you’re labeled as a terrorist, you have no rights. Even if you are an American citizen. We’re going to send a drone over to turn you into a pink mist. Silly terrorist, you should have known better!
So if you’re an American citizen and you’re suspected of being a terrorist, you get no fair trial. The government doesn’t have to prove beyond a reasonable doubt your guilt to an impartial jury of your peers. None of that. You simply get a welcoming party consisting of shrapnel and explosives.
But wait, none of this applies to me, because I live here in the US. I’m safe, right? Well, according to FBI Director Robert Mueller, he’s “not certain if that was addressed or not.” See for yourself:
Wow. Will nobody stand up to an executive branch who is asserting powers that it doesn’t possess?
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