While few people mourn the passing of figures such as al-Awlaki, who was accused of being a leader in al-Qaeda, they should mourn the passing of basic constitutional protections afforded to all citizens. So a president can now kill a citizen without publicly naming him as a target, stating the basis for his killing, or even acknowledging his own responsibility for the killing once it has been carried out. Even if one assumes citizens would be killed only outside the country, it would mean that a mere suspect's life could become dispensable the minute he steps a foot over one of our borders.
At the same time, the government has expanded the definition of terrorism and material support for terrorism, which in turn further expands the scope of possible targets. When confronted on the lack of knowledge of who is on this list and the basis for the killing, the Obama administration simply says citizens must trust their president. It is the very definition of authoritarian power — and Americans appear to have developed a taste for it.These are important issues and I'm glad someone on the left is continuing to beat the drums. You can count on Justin Raimondo and others at Antiwar.com to call it out but it's good to know there are a few on the left who haven't completely sold out.
Here's C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot:"