|Drone State? (Photo credit: Truthout.org)|
Civil libertarians, much to our collective pain and anguish, have thus far failed to convince majorities of the US population that our legal rights should be protected in a perceived crisis. Emergency rule is The Rule and frankly, most Americans either don’t seem to care or aren’t paying enough attention.
Our most cherished values -- due process, respect for the rule of law (not of men) and adherence to constitutional norms -- have withered in the face of the national security state and its executive power excesses. These problems were not campaign issues in 2012 because both major parties essentially agree that there can be virtually no restriction on presidential powers when it comes to the Glorious And Infinite War On Terror -- not least any pesky outside (read: judicial) oversight pertaining to extrajudicial assassinations of persons outside of declared war zones, even if those persons happen to be 16 year old US citizens from Denver. | Privacy SOS
Facing the possibility that President Obama might not win a second term, his administration accelerated work in the weeks before the election to develop explicit rules for the targeted killing of terrorists by unmanned drones, so that a new president would inherit clear standards and procedures, according to two administration officials.
The matter may have lost some urgency after Nov. 6. But with more than 300 drone strikes and some 2,500 people killed by the Central Intelligence Agency and the military since Mr. Obama first took office, the administration is still pushing to make the rules formal and resolve internal uncertainty and disagreement about exactly when lethal action is justified.
- Obama 'drone-warfare rulebook' condemned by human rights groups (guardian.co.uk)
- Obama's drone assassination rules decried by rights groups (rawstory.com)
- White House Drafting A Rule Book For The 'Kill List' (theatlanticwire.com)
- Why Obama's Killer Drones Violate International Law (counterpunch.org)
- NYT: White House Presses For Drone Rule Book (huffingtonpost.com)
- Fearing Loss to Romney, Obama Officials Pushed to Codify Rules for 'Kill List' (commondreams.org)