- Feel the unchecked executive power!
Salon’s Glenn Greenwald reacts to today’s reports confirming, via anonymous administration sources, that the Obama administration has authorized the CIA to assassinate the American-born cleric Anwar al-Awlaki (emphasis Greenwald’s):
… in Barack Obama’s America, the way guilt is determined for American citizens—and a death penalty imposed—is that the President, like the King he thinks he is, secretly decrees someone’s guilt as a Terrorist… this American citizen will now be murdered by the CIA because Barack Obama has ordered that it be done. What kind of person could possibly justify this or think that this is a legitimate government power?
The full Hamdi Court held that at least some due process was required before Americans could be imprisoned as “enemy combatants.” Yet now, Barack Obama is claiming the right not merely to imprison, but to assassinate far from any battlefield, American citizens with no due process of any kind.