Can the president and other military and intelligence officers ignore the US Constitution and execute Americans without formal charges or a trial? According to a Justice Department white paper leaked in early February, the answer is yes, they can. As long as an “informed, high-level official” thinks you are a threat and capture is not likely, he can kill you as if you were an enemy combatant.
The implications of this should shock every American. Former New Jersey Superior Court judge Andrew Napolitano says the Justice Department’s premises are “bereft of any appreciation for the values of the Declaration of Independence and the supremacy of the Constitution, and its rationale could be used to justify any breaking of the law by any informed, high-level official of the US government.” [Our emphasis.]
In addition, the paper’s language is so vague, convoluted, and contradictory that high-level officials can make it mean whatever they want it to mean. The president and “informed, high-level officials” are playing God with Predator drones and Hellfire missles.
“This is the power claimed by kings and tyrants,” writes Napolitano. “It is the power we have arguably fought countless wars to prevent. Now it is here.” This is exactly the kind of government overreach that Obama campaigned on ending. Why isn’t the media all over this? Why is Congress just shrugging its shoulders?
What is to limit Obama’s execution of kill list? His own judgment…that’s about it. This is not the first time a leader has contravened the law to make a massive power grab, then asked the people to simply trust him.
Thousands of years of human history show that once men gain this kind of power, things never end well. As John Adams warned in 1792, “There is danger from all men. The only maxim of a free government ought to be to trust no man living with power to endanger the public.”
The Constitution is designed to prevent any president from gaining this kind of power. That’s why you have to break the Constitution to do it. It is designed to protect Americans’ freedom from “high-level officials.” Our forefathers had a deep understanding of human nature. They knew it had to be restrained by a supreme law of the land.
Now the Obama administration has pushed aside America’s supreme law in the name of making us safer, and replaced that law with Obama’s personal judgment. History shows that the result will be anarchy or tyranny.
[by Robert Morley, writing in the April 2013 issue of The Philadelphia Trumpet]
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NORM ‘n’ AL, Minneapolis