Here's the paper: http://msnbcmedia.msn.com/i/msnbc/se...hite_Paper.pdf
@KDude See the bold above. The fact that there are unelected beaurocrats who will be implementing makes the legal position even worst.What do you call a country where an unelected bureaucrat has the ability to order the execution of its citizens? Answer: President Barack Obama’s America.
That rationale is explained in a 16-page Justice Department “white paper” (.pdf) NBC obtained and published late Monday summarizing the Obama administration’s legal justification of extrajudicial killings of Americans outside the United States. In short,*the administration claims it “is a lawful act of national defense” to kill Americans who pose “an imminent threat of a violent attack against the United States,” according to the undated memo, which could not be independently verified. An “informed, high-level official” is responsible for ordering kills — usually by drones — and that no judicial oversight of the decision is ever allowed.
But some military scholars suggested the Obama administration’s analysis was legally flawed and is not congressionally authorized, as the administration maintains. And civil rights groups likened the memo to those written under the George W. Bush administration that provided the legal justification for torture — despite the Bush administration never asserting a legal basis for extrajudicial killings of Americans suspected of being terrorists.
“The parallels to the Bush administration torture memos are chilling. Those were unchecked legal justifications drawn up to justify torture,” said Vincent Warren, the Center for Constitutional Rights’ executive director. “These are unchecked justifications drawn up to justify extrajudicial killing.”