Reuters has a story out that should send chills down the spine of any freedom loving American, describing how Obama supposedly has a secret group of people close to him that tell him whom he can and cannot murder with a CIA drone.
From Reuters here:
American militants like Anwar al-Awlaki are placed on a kill or capture list by a secretive panel of senior government officials, which then informs the president of its decisions.
There is no public record of the operations or decisions of the panel, which is a subset of the White House’s National Security Council. Neither is there any law establishing its existence or setting out the rules by which it is supposed to operate.
The panel was behind the decision to add Awlaki, a U.S.-born militant preacher with alleged al Qaeda connections, to the target list. He was killed by a CIA drone strike in Yemen late last month.
The role of the president in ordering or ratifying a decision to target a citizen is fuzzy.
The White House is portraying the killing of Awlaki as a demonstration of President Barack Obama’s toughness toward militants who threaten the United States. But the process that led to Awlaki’s killing has drawn fierce criticism from both the political left and right.
In an ironic turn, Obama, who ran for president denouncing predecessor George W. Bush’s expansive use of executive power in his “war on terrorism,” is being attacked in some quarters for using similar tactics. They include secret legal justifications and undisclosed intelligence assessments.
Liberals criticized the drone attack on an American citizen as extra-judicial murder.
So a secret panel with no legal standing is to blame for the murder of a citizen of the United States without due process? Not a President, whose decisions to murder an American citizen are best described as fuzzy??!
I’m surprised Obama doesn’t have a murder czar.
What happened to liberals who wanted terrorists read their miranda rights and tried in public courts? That goes out the window with the anointed one, I suppose.