Originally Posted by patteeu
This isn't really true. The fact that the Obama administration refuses to establish a rigorous process that protects the due process rights of Americans with serious limits on this practice doesn't mean that the Al-Awlaki termination couldn't fit within such a process.
For example, lets say that the process required a court order based on compelling evidence that the target is involved in ongoing terrorist acts against this country and is located in a place that American forces cannot reasonably apprehend him without some specified risk of danger to themselves. The Al-Awlaki case would easily pass this test. It's the hypothetical marginal cases where this memo creates real concern.
How about we actually do this.
This is my concern. We are allowing the executive branch to play jury, judge, and executioner.