Skip to comments.U.S. to offer legal backing for "targeted killing" (Americans overseas): source
Posted on 03/04/2012 4:51:14 PM PST by Libloather
U.S. to offer legal backing for "targeted killing": source
By Jeremy Pelofsky
WASHINGTON | Sun Mar 4, 2012 7:23pm EST
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Obama administration on Monday plans to outline how U.S. laws empower the government to kill Americans overseas who engage in terrorism against their home country, a source familiar with the matter said, months after a drone strike killed a U.S.-born cleric who plotted attacks from Yemen.
Civil liberties groups have been pressuring the administration to offer justification for what has been described as a top-secret "targeted kill" program in which Americans who have joined al Qaeda or other militants are deemed legitimate targets to be killed overseas.
Attorney General Eric Holder plans to address the issue and the underpinning legal principles for using lethal force during remarks at Northwestern University School of Law on Monday afternoon in Chicago, the source said Sunday on condition of anonymity.
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Sounds conspiratorial, doesn't it. Just wait!
Imagine if George W. Bush had done this. Oh the furore.
Anybody who popped out of mom’s vj in the USA, then was schlepped off to Yemen for the rest of his life and took up arms with the Taliban, IS NOT ‘AMERICAN’ BY ANYBODY’S STREACH OF THE IMAGINATION.
Sorry ‘bout that.
While I care about terrorism, I do not like the idea of an ‘administration’ determining what “terrorism” is.
Especially with the ‘stockpiling food = domestic terror’ crap the DHS has spewed lately.
Maybe not by YOUR definition...
but I bring you back to the ‘first they came after the...’
See how that attitude can bite you?
Realistically, this idea applies to members of the Obama administration as well, does it not?
As an enemy of the 0bama regime, I have to ask:
Who decides who will be eliminated? Emperor Hussein I ?
Who are you going to complain to if you favorite uncle gets zapped for being a terrorist? I’d think all the information would be highly classified.
Technically, Andrew Breibart wasn’t actually overseas ... but that’s a mere technicality.
Ok, so who is the reciprocal agreement with? Iran? N. Korea? Mexico? China? Russia? This is a very slick slope indeed.
Hey, I agree with you wholeheartedly and was not referring to “citizens” fitting the description you’ve just laid out. My fear is that it will be applied to “ordinary” citizens who simply disagree with this or any future administration.