Here’s something to keep you up at night.
The US apparently has something called the “presidential international assassination program”. Initially conceived while Bush was in power, the Obama administration completed the idea and very quietly put it into practice. Essentially, this plan puts Americans suspected of encouraging “terror” on “death lists”, and at least two citizens have already been confirmed to have been taken out by the CIA.
Haven’t heard about it? Don’t be surprised. According to the Director of National Intelligence, this program didn’t have to be revealed because it was within the rights of the Government’s Executive Branch. Not to mention that it can’t be challenged because “there are circumstances in which the executive’s decision to kill U.S. citizens overseas is constitutionally committed to the political branches and judicially unreviewable.”
I find this to be rather disturbing news. Makes me wonder how far the American government can go with programs like this, where people don’t have the power to challenge it because it’s “judicially unreviewable”. Seriously, America? That’s where you’re going to leave it? What happened to due process? There are rules in place for a reason, and I think programs like this are on a dangerous slope. Ok, maybe there is a situation that requires such force–I don’t presume to have all the information behind this situation–but it’s alarming all the same.