ACLU: Targeted Killing: “A Unique and Extraordinary Case”

A central premise of the case is that in our constitutional system of checks and balances, courts have a critical oversight role to play when the executive branch claims the authority — as both the Bush and Obama administrations have done — to kill people far from any battlefield, based on secret criteria. In rejecting that premise, the court has effectively granted the president the unreviewable authority to order the targeted killing of any American, anywhere, based on a unilateral determination that the person is a threat. No president should have that power. But the court’s decision today would grant that authority in all future cases, to all future presidents. And with America’s example to follow, will other countries be far behind?

via Blog of Rights: Official Blog of the American Civil Liberties Union » Targeted Killing: “A Unique and Extraordinary Case”.

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