Now, it’s our President who does the assassinating

I’m just curious what you all think about this new authority to assassinate American citizens that our President has apparently bestowed upon himself. Generally speaking, I’m a supporter of the President, but this is seriously fucked up.

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  1. Posted April 7, 2010 at 10:48 pm | Permalink

    I know it’s probably as unconstitutional as hell, but somewhere, I suspect, Garfield, Lincoln, Kennedy and McKinley are rooting for him.

  2. Edward
    Posted April 8, 2010 at 8:12 am | Permalink

    I think it’s going to be hard for him to go back to a career teaching Constitutional law after this.

  3. Troy Eid
    Posted April 8, 2010 at 8:27 am | Permalink

    The President’s plans to assassinate US citizens appear more aspirational, perhaps, than operational. This looks like just a case of a meth addicted knucklehead trying to talk tough in order to impress his friends.

  4. Kim
    Posted April 8, 2010 at 8:43 am | Permalink

    And this meth addicted knucklehead of which you speak would be our President?

  5. mSS
    Posted April 8, 2010 at 9:05 am | Permalink

    Wow, I didn’t realize Glenn Greenwald was such a racist.

  6. Robert
    Posted April 8, 2010 at 9:21 am | Permalink

    Just for laughs, he should put Erykah Badu on that hitlist…

    …ok, well maybe not JUST for laughs.

  7. elviscostello
    Posted April 8, 2010 at 10:53 am | Permalink

    Mark, How would you handle this? It’s an American born person, who turned against his country, participates in attacks on Americans and wants the gestruction of the country. Sounds treasonous to me…

  8. elviscostello
    Posted April 8, 2010 at 10:53 am | Permalink

    oops, destruction…

  9. Independent Jones
    Posted April 8, 2010 at 11:00 am | Permalink

    Is this sarcasm…or a joke? I don’t want to sound dumb, but is this real? If it is….then what makes him any different than these Teabag nuts?

  10. fleurs
    Posted April 8, 2010 at 11:12 am | Permalink

    the aclu filed a freedom of information act lawsuit, seeking an explanation of the program’s legal basis, and how it would work (or has worked, eek):

  11. Posted April 8, 2010 at 11:21 am | Permalink

    elviscostello: “It’s an American born person, who turned against his country, participates in attacks on Americans and wants the [d]estruction of the country. Sounds treasonous to me…”

    Are you referring to Dick Cheney, Barack Obama, or Anwar al-Awlaki? In any case, charge him with a crime and try him (in absentia if he doesn’t show up/flees).

  12. mSS
    Posted April 8, 2010 at 12:32 pm | Permalink

    “what makes him any different than these Teabag nuts?”

    Obama or Anwar al-Awlaki?

  13. Chris Peters
    Posted April 8, 2010 at 1:02 pm | Permalink

    Our country has handled traitors since its founding. And, most of the time, it’s done so within the constraints of the Constitution. With all due respect to Obama, this is bullshit. If he’s that horrible, he can be tried in absentia. There’s no excuse for a system in which the President, without evidence, can pronounce someone a traitor and have that person executed. That is un-American.

  14. Oliva
    Posted April 8, 2010 at 1:34 pm | Permalink

    Disturbing. But (responding to a comment) there are plenty of things to distinguish the Obama administration from the Teabaggers–more than one could list on a blustery afternoon. Strange, too, that “un-American” (per Chris Peters’s comment) doesn’t even make sense anymore. Whatever were those “American” qualities done fell out over the first years of the new century, and their present weakness is celebrated by nincompoops on cable TV and at book signings and such. Or if this is the real America, yikes.

    (I know I mention this now and then, but before 9/11 U.S. publishers steered away from “America” as this country’s name–as a Brazilian novelist wrote, “I also live in America.” Then 9/11 happened, “America the Beautiful” started getting sung more, the prez and others really played up the more lyrical name, and voila. We’re America now. It might do us some good to go back to that clunky name “United States of America”–at least until we ascend from the present grotesquerie we’ve managed to become. While I’m cranky, might as well mention I really don’t like the Teabaggers taking over “Tea Party,” which used to be a very nice little celebration of warm tastiness with milk and honey or sugar.)

  15. Robert
    Posted April 8, 2010 at 1:36 pm | Permalink

    He’s a genius, so it’s ok.

  16. Chelsea
    Posted April 8, 2010 at 5:38 pm | Permalink

    Wow. Finally, politix gets exciting. :-D

  17. Lacy
    Posted April 8, 2010 at 10:20 pm | Permalink

    I’m trying but I can’t figure out how this is even remotely okay. I few years ago I would’ve thought it was impeachable. I’m really dumbfounded. Maybe I need to start watching 24.

  18. Ytown
    Posted April 9, 2010 at 8:39 am | Permalink

    Well, finally a few of you are truly honest and are outraged at Obama’s decision to publicly announce that he has authorized the killing of a American citizen who is also a Muslim cleric. This is wrong on so many levels!!
    First, he is announcing his decision to allow the assination to the world, how stupid. This is not the way to gain the trust of Muslim nations, while at the same time trying to appease Muslims by ordering that the term “Radical Islam” no longer be used by the US government.WTF?
    Next, this is an American citizen!!!!! Try him in a court of law and convict him of treason! The Obama administration is willing to try admitted terrorists in NYC, but not an American?

    At least Mark and a few others are willing to admit, on ocassion, that Obama is fallible. Where is the outrage?

  19. Brackinald Achery
    Posted April 9, 2010 at 9:33 am | Permalink

    That’s what happens when you don’t hold government to the bounds of a strict reading of the Constitution. They promise you the world in free money and risk-free safety if you’ll only give them the power, then they ALWAYS become tyrannical once they have it. Expecting otherwise is like expecting a baby alligator to stay a cute fun pet forever.

  20. Unimpressed
    Posted July 21, 2010 at 12:24 am | Permalink

    Beck just brought this subject to light yesterday. I’d venture to say most Americans do not even know about this “Executive” decision. I agree with others that even this cleric as a U.S. Citizen has the right to a trial by law. Most disturbing is this unbridled power by the president. You or I could be next on the list…those who disagree with him or his policies could be labled as “terrorists” and so no one would be immune. This president is mad with power and he continues to take the country and, dare I say, the world by storm. It’s time to look at him as the person he is and not who we wish him to be. He is drunk with power. Absolute power corrupts absolutely!

  21. Gray2Hairs
    Posted July 21, 2010 at 4:11 pm | Permalink

    I guess the fear is that since the administration seeks openly to destroy any and all critics, it would be a small leap to believe all of those people are possible hitlist fodder. Is anyone actually surprised at this “revelation”? Obama’s Whitehouse staff has espoused this conduct since the 60’s. I have the document put out by Homeland Security that identified people who support single concept organizations like the NRA and Planned Parenthood plus all returning veterans as potential terrorists. The administration has continued to use that list to target those Americans for close inspection for activities the Administration doesn’t like…why not just say death to all who oppose the Presidient and make it happen?

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