[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.
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.