I find this dripping with irony. If you thought wire taps were bad…Obama just took it to the next fucking level.
Martin H. Simon / Getty Images Obama has declared he has authority to eliminate U.S. citizens if they are terrorist suspects. Conor Friedersdorf on the frightening consequences of unchecked executive power to kill.
Director of National Intelligence Dennis C. Blair revealed something stunning last week: The Obama administration believes it is empowered to assassinate American citizens. “We take direct action against terrorists in the intelligence community,” Admiral Blair told Congress. “If we think direct action will involve killing an American, we get specific permission to do that.”
WOW. Not sure where I fall on this. On one hand, it shows me the administration is taking the terrorists seriously, and on the other it makes me fearful of “witch hunts”. As in “he doesnt agree with the government so he must be a terrorist shoot him” type stuff.