Here is a must read article by Judge Andrew Napolitano. Where he questions the legality of the President extra judicially being able to simply make a decision to execute someone and if this person is an American Citizen.
This isn’t just a merely academic worry, because with NDAA and other recent laws which attempt to repeal both Habeus Corpus but also Posse Comitatus. These are attempts at a serious rollback of rights and protections guaranteed by the Constitution and Bill of Rights. Legally, this treads more than a slippery slope. No one could argue against the needing to kill a Hitler in a open and declared war, but what about shadow wars or wars which no actual declaration has been stated or authorized by the Congress?
So this is a real issue, with Drones killing people and those near them. Please give it due thought.
Peace, Love & Apple Pie would necessitate a respect and compliance with the truest form of our Constitution and ways of life. Our President ought not be enabled with something that could be wielded in a harsh form without checks and balances, but more importantly with full conflict of our ways of life and laws.
Please also know many of the issues we would have a problem with whether President would be Bush, Obama or anyone else. These are universal issues at place that supercede that.
This Article is available at the Tenth Amendment Center, here is a brief exerpt.
By Judge Andrew Napolitano
Can the president kill an American simply because the person is dangerous and his arrest would be impractical? Can the president be judge, jury and executioner of an American in a foreign country because he believes that would keep America safe? Can Congress authorize the president to do this?
Earlier this week, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder attempted to justify presidential killing in a speech at Northwestern University law school. In it, he recognized the requirement of the Fifth Amendment for due process. He argued that the president may substitute the traditionally understood due process – a public jury trial – with the president’s own novel version of it; that would be a secret deliberation about killing. Without mentioning the name of the American the president recently ordered killed, Holder suggested that the president’s careful consideration of the case of New Mexico-born Anwar al-Awlaki constituted a substituted form of due process.
(For More, please click on the above or this link)
Can the President Kill You? – Tenth Amendment Center.