Originally Posted by La literatura
Why is an executive order against assassination necessary/useful?
The theory behind it is that if we have a public policy against assassination then our enemies will be less likely to target our leaders. I think it's baloney and I suspect that in practice, we've always been willing to assassinate if the stakes were high enough. It probably dialed down the likelihood that some senior level bureaucrat in the CIA would order an assassination without the President's approval though.