Obama: Judge, Jury and Executioner

You may be an American, but that doesn’t mean you have a right to due process.

A confidential Justice Department memo concludes that the U.S. government can order the killing of American citizens if they are believed to be “senior operational leaders” of al-Qaida or “an associated force” — even if there is no intelligence indicating they are engaged in an active plot to attack the U.S.

The 16-page memo, a copy of which was obtained by NBC News, provides new details about the legal reasoning behind one of the Obama administration’s most secretive and controversial polices: its dramatically increased use of drone strikes against al-Qaida suspects, including those aimed at American citizens, such as the September 2011 strike in Yemen that killed alleged al-Qaida operatives Anwar al-Awlaki and Samir Khan. Both were U.S. citizens who had never been indicted by the U.S. government nor charged with any crimes.

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5 Responses to Obama: Judge, Jury and Executioner

  1. Jim22 says:

    From the National Journal: “When Can the U.S. Kill Americans? The White House Won’t Say.

    Sen. Ron Wyden has spent two years demanding that the Obama administration share its legal opinions justifying the targeted assassinations of suspected American terrorists abroad. After all, as a member of the Intelligence Committee, the Oregon Democrat is entitled (and cleared) to know. How can his panel provide oversight if officials won’t say what legal authority they have, let alone in which countries it applies? The White House has spent those two years stonewalling. “The administration’s position is basically, ‘Trust us,’” Wyden tells National Journal. “Nowhere in the charge to the committee does oversight get defined as trusting the executive branch of the United States.”


  2. Jim22 says:

    Then from FOX News from 2012: “FBI director: Have to check whether targeted killing rule is outside US only”

    FBI Director Robert Mueller on Wednesday said he would have to go back and check with the Department of Justice whether Attorney General Eric Holder’s “three criteria” for the targeted killing of Americans also applied to Americans inside the U.S.


  3. RJ says:

    IMHO if an “american” goes to a foreign war zone and picks up arms and fights against Americans Soldiers legally in said war zone then he gets what ever finds him be it a bullet or a hellfire missle on his ass.

    Problem is what the hell happens when our own govt declares our home soil as said war zone. Now we gotta problem.

  4. While all of this is going on, Barack Obama, the one who cares so much about children and then uses them for props (Sandy Hook) for gun control has also done this over the weekend.

    With the stroke of his pen, Barack Obama agrees that foreign countries can have child soldiers and then get American foreign aid, undoing what the previous administration signed into law.


  5. Jim22 says:


    Thanks for coming by and participating. There is so much bad news that we here are unable to notice it all. You bring us another angle that I have not seen here before.