It would be a far stretch to think that the Obama administration is actually mulling over the logistics of using drones to strike American citizens. Wouldn’t it?
More likely they have put this out to intimidate Teaparty types from speaking out against the regime.
I do, however know for a fact that this administration fears Teaparty patriots more than they do Islāmic terrorists. In threat classifications “Big Sis” ranks these good God-fearing Americans on the same level as those savage killers who brought down the World Trade Centers.
That alone should give any red-blooded American pause.
At Tuesday’s press conference, Jay Carney was asked about this NBC story:
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 abroad, 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.
But Carney said strikes against Americans overseas are sometimes “necessary to mitigate ongoing attacks.” The operations are “fully consistent with our Constitution,” he said.
“[The strikes] are legal, they are ethical and they are wise.”