Could Someone Provide the President with a Copy of the Constitution?

David Sirota

In his column, Sirota comments on the white paper of the U.S. Department of Justice issued in support of the newly found Presidential power to kill without due process of law —

As NBC News reports (emphasis added):

It refers, for example, to what it calls a “broader concept of imminence” than actual intelligence about any ongoing plot against the U.S. homeland.

The condition that an operational leader present an ‘imminent’ threat of violent attack against the United States does not require the United States to have clear evidence that a specific attack on U.S. persons and interests will take place in the immediate future,” the memo states.

This new claim that evidence is not required to kill someone is the true foundation of Too Big to Curtail. To really appreciate how extreme the whole concept is, understand that it is already blatantly illegal for a president to execute an American citizen without so much as a indictment. Indeed, if the constitutional notion of “due process” means anything at all, at minimum it means at least being formally charged with a single crime.

But in the new white paper, the Obama administration isn’t just laying waste to that most basic of ideas — it is going further and insisting that even within the extra-constitutional “kill list” deliberations inside the White House, the president doesn’t actually need evidence to order someone’s death.

Excerpt from David Sirota, “Who Can’t Be On Obama’s Kill List?”, SALON (February 5, 2013). Look for the complete article at http://www.salon.com

 

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