Originally Posted by Direckshun
How about we actually do this.
This is my concern. We are allowing the executive branch to play jury, judge, and executioner.
I don't think we need to go all the way to a court order, but a rigorous review of some sort ought to be required. I'm not against requiring a court order as long as we have a court that can be trusted with sensitive national security information and is tasked with being ready to evaluate these issues when needed.. I don't want the President to have to run down to the regular District Court looking for whatever judge happens to be milling around for something like this.
The process should be able to identify targets in advance so that a trigger can be pulled with some degree of speed though. I don't want a process that has to be initiated only after a specific target and a specific opportunity to take that target out arises. Maybe a two pronged process would work. A court order to get a target on the list and an internal review process involving a specified high ranking official (or small group) to pull the trigger when the opportunity presents itself.
"Well, it is one thing for Bill Clinton to say, I feel your pain. It is another thing for Barack Obama to say I feel your pain that I have caused." - George Will