Monday, February 06, 2006

Can the President Order a Hit...?

I guess questions such as this are becoming more relevant as London and Syria burn, the Danes are being cut into pieces and we have an ever growing number of "enemy within"...

"...A Justice Department official suggested that in certain circumstances, the president might have the power to order the killing of terrorist suspects inside the United States. Steven Bradbury, acting head of the department's Office of Legal Counsel, went to a closed-door Senate intelligence committee meeting last week to defend President George W. Bush's surveillance program. During the briefing, said administration and Capitol Hill officials (who declined to be identified because the session was private), California Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein asked Bradbury questions about the extent of presidential powers to fight Al Qaeda; could Bush, for instance, order the killing of a Qaeda suspect known to be on U.S. soil? Bradbury replied that he believed Bush could indeed do this, at least in certain circumstances." (source)

This power may sound sinister but may be necessary-- having the ability to shoot down a plane (such as Flight 93) which was intent on attack is definitely a President's charge.

"University of Chicago law professor Cass Sunstein says the post-9/11 congressional resolution authorizing the use of military force against Al Qaeda empowered the president to kill 9/11 perpetrators, or people who assisted their plot, whether they were overseas or inside the United States." (source)

These questions will not be for Bush alone --so hatred of him and his Administration must be suspended from these discussions. This is a growing problem that the next President will have to deal with also (and most likely on a larger scale). Last week Al-Zawahiri joined Osama is claiming more American attacks are on the horizon...

If someone is about to blow up an office building -can a sniper go take him out? If someone is "holed up with a dirty bomb" can he be executed? Some

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