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Wyden Statement on DOJ Memo on the Killing of Americans During Counterterrorism Operations

Posted on February 6th, 2013 at 9:40 by John Sinteur in category: News -- Write a comment


“As I and ten other senators told the President yesterday, if individual Americans choose to take up arms against the United States, there will clearly be some circumstances in which the President has the authority to use lethal force against those Americans, just as President Lincoln had the authority to use force against the Confederate Army during the Civil War. At the same time, it is vitally important for Congress and the American public to have a full understanding of how the executive branch interprets this authority, so that Congress and the public can decide whether the President’s power to deliberately kill American citizens is subject to appropriate limitations and safeguards. Every American has the right to know when their government believes that it is allowed to kill them.

  1. There are times (often) when I think that Senator Wyden is one of the few US Representatives or Senators who truly represent their constituents, and not some big business/industry/special interest… Unfortunately, his is a pretty lonely voice in that increasingly insular body. 🙁

  2. The practicalities of this are interesting. How does a person get to know that their government wants to kill him or her? An email? A suppertime visit giving a 30-minutes warning? (Obviously, prime-time EST would be popular – the chase will surely be televised).

    More seriously, what happens when other countries or “non-state” actors get in on the killing devices? Is my neighbour’s quadrocopter going to be seen as a credible threat and will I get bombed because of it?

  3. “Is my neighbour’s quadrocopter going to be seen as a credible threat and will I get bombed because of it?” – no problem – we have that covered – see the subsection entitled “collateral damage”; addendum C regarding “gender” closes the prior gap that only designated male citizens as “insurgents/terrorists”. We do appreciate your concern regarding our possible liability.

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