I lied a few posts down. I do link to blogs. Sorry about that.
But this is really, extraordinarily important. I cannot stress that enough. Any source, any voice raised against this awful, awful decision has to be aired.
To recap: The President has asserted an executive right to order the assassination of an American citizen. Furthermore, he has asserted that the government can not and astonishingly, should not be compelled by the courts to provide explanation for the assassination.
Again, the man on the list is probably a really, really bad guy. Again, he may certainly need a killing. But this is a precedent, begun by Bush with torture and now, carried inevitably, with horror, to murder.
From the link:
After eight years of executive lawlessness, after the fraudulent justification of the Iraq War, the spectacle of Abu Graib, and the horrors of CIA torture sites, President Obama has the audacity to ask us to trust him on this one.
Yeats speaks to my feelings on this one.
The darkness drops again; but now I know
That twenty centuries of stony sleep
Were vexed to nightmare by a rocking cradle,
And what rough beast, its hour come round at last,
Slouches towards Bethlehem to be born?
For those interested, here's the original WaPo story.