Obama Makes a Mockery of Due Process, DOJ Memo Justifies Targeted Killing

Imagine that you live in a country that is run by a powerful handful of people that can order the death of any of its citizens, at any time, for any given reason without ever pressing charges against that citizen or bringing him or her to justice.

Imagine that this country you live in has apologists picked by the democratically elected president telling you and your family that what the president decides to do, should be done, whether you like it or not. They claim that his decisions should be supported by you, whether you think that what he’s doing is right or not, or even if what he chooses to do doesn’t represent you or your loved ones in the slightest.

This country is the United States of America, and the handful of people ruling our resources and citizens have a hit list of Americans and non-Americans they can kill at any given time, for any given reason, without due process.

The president’s apologists also want you to believe that that’s okay, he knows exactly what he’s doing and you shouldn’t be afraid.

According to a Washington Post report, President Obama’s hit list, which goes by the title “disposition matrix,” included at least three Americans. During President George W. Bush’s administration, an intelligence official claimed that he “did not know of any American who was approved for targeted killing.” Under Obama, at least three American names are known to have been part of the hit list.

According to Attorney General Eric Holder’s 5-page memo released on May 22, 2013, the targeted killing of Americans is permitted only overseas. He justified the killing of an American by saying that if it doesn’t happen on American soil, it’s okay. According to The Guardian’s Glenn Greenwald, the allegations regarding the existence of the hit list alone are not what’s really shocking about the entire story, but the fact that this administration has maintained it under a veil of absolute secrecy, is.

Obama’s underlings reportedly come up with the names for proposed preliminary lists from which Obama picks the finalists. He then uses the names he picks to fill his official hit list with. The process is carried out entirely within the Executive branch, without any type of oversight from the other branches.

The day President Obama picks the final names is known as “Terror Tuesday,” according to Greenwald. The fact that there are no public records of these decisions and that the Obama administration has chosen to refuse to disclose any document regarding this process, has caused some discomfort among Obama supporters, but not enough to stir an uproar from the left.

Anybody who doubts the president’s assassination powers must recall the killing of 16-year-old Abdulrahman al-Awlaki, Anwar Awlaki’s son. Both were Americans. Both were killed in separate drone strikes. President Obama made a mockery of due process by taking their lives.

To this day, the administration won’t release details concerning the death of the teen.

During the Bush administration, leading Democratic lawyers led opposing voices against the president’s unwillingness to disclose details concerning warrantless eavesdropping and legalized authorized torture methods. Now, the same lawyers side with Obama and find his decision to maintain details concerning his assassination powers from the public the right thing to do. They now also write 16-page memos justifying Obama’s targeting of anybody, especially Americans, for assassination without due process.

Obama and his apologists are trying to convince the American public that the government’s decision to target somebody is enough to prove an alleged terrorist is guilty, without formally accusing the culprit of any crimes.

President Obama acts as the accuser, prosecutor, judge, jury, and executioner when he alone adds a name to the hit list simply because of a secret accusation that was not formally carried out or investigated by anyone other than members of the Executive branch.

By relying on the idea that the entire world is a battlefield, the executive power is given carte blanche to act as it pleases, targeting individuals that might not even have anything to do with powerful terrorist organizations.

Regardless of where you stand on the political spectrum, you probably agree that nobody should have such power in his or her hands alone. That’s what our system of checks and balances is for and that’s why the decision-making process in this case should not be an exclusive task of the executive branch.

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