Could someone inform the WH this is simply not progress:
The Obama administration’s decision to authorize the killing by the Central Intelligence Agency of a terrorism suspect who is an American citizen has set off a debate over the legal and political limits of drone missile strikes, a mainstay of the campaign against terrorism.
The notion that the government can, in effect, execute one of its own citizens far from a combat zone, with no judicial process and based on secret intelligence, makes some legal authorities deeply uneasy.
To eavesdrop on the terrorism suspect who was added to the target list, the American-born radical cleric Anwar al-Awlaki, who is hiding in Yemen, intelligence agencies would have to get a court warrant. But designating him for death, as C.I.A. officials did early this year with the approval of the National Security Council, required no judicial review.
Love the strong words from the Times- “uneasy.” Assassinating citizens makes “some people uneasy.” You know what makes me uneasy- taking a sip from the milk container a day after the expiration and it tastes a little sour. Or cleaning up dog vomit.
The fact that we are ordering the assassination of own citizens makes me furious, even if it is someone who has done the things al-Awlaki is alleged to have done.