[RIGHT][COLOR=#AAAAAA]Khaled Abdullah / Reuters file[/RIGHT][LEFT]Tribesmen examine the rubble of a building in southeastern Yemen where American teenager Abdulrahmen al-Awlaki and six suspected al-Qaida militants were killed in a U.S. drone strike on Oct. 14, 2011. Al-Awlaki, 16, was the son of Anwar al-Awlaki, who died in a similar strike two weeks earlier.[/LEFT]
By Michael Isikoff
National Investigative Correspondent, NBC News
A confidential Justice Department memo concludes that the U.S. government can order the killing of American citizens if they are believed to be “senior operational leaders” of al-Qaida or “an associated force” – even if there is no intelligence indicating they are engaged in an active plot to attack the U.S.
The 16-page memo, a copy of which was obtained by NBC News, provides new details about the legal reasoning behind one of the Obama administration’s most secretive and controversial polices: its dramatically increased use of drone strikes against al-Qaida suspects, including those aimed at American citizens, such as the September 2011 strike in Yemen that killed alleged al-Qaida operatives Anwar al-Awlaki and Samir Khan. Both were U.S. citizens who had never been indicted by the U.S. government nor charged with any crimes.
EXCLUSIVE: Justice Department memo reveals legal case for drone strikes on Americans - Open Channel
The Obama administration thinks that we should have drone strikes in America. Can anyone see any problem with this? Under Obama privacy has become a joke. Everyday it seems this nation is becoming a police state with Homeland Security wanting to monitor transportation to any activities they choose. Warrants mean nothing now. There is not even a pretext anymore of having to get them.
What next? There is already talk of confiscation of weapons or restrictions so severe no one can legally own one.