Congress is finally standing up to President Barack Obama on targeted killing. Almost a year after three American citizens were killed in US drone strikes, legislators are pushing the administration to explain why it believes it's legal to kill American terror suspects overseas.
Congress is considering two measures that would compel the Obama administration to show members of Congress what Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) calls Obama's "license to kill": internal memos outlining the legal justification for killing Americans overseas without charge or trial. Legislators have been asking administration officials to release the documents for nearly a year, raising the issue multiple times in hearings and letters. But the new proposals, including one from Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) first flagged by blogger Marcy Wheeler and another in a separate intelligence bill, aren't requests—they would mandate disclosure. That shift shows both Republicans and Democrats are growing impatient with the lack of transparency on targeted killings.
"We're not mere supplicants to the executive branch, we are a coequal branch of government," Cornyn said during discussion of his amendment in the Senate committee hearing last week. "So it is insufficient to say pretty please, Mr. President, pretty please, Mr. Attorney General, will you please tell us the legal authority by which you claim the authority to kill American citizens abroad?" (Cornyn also noted that just because he wants to see the memo doesn't mean he'd necessarily disagree with its contents.)
Originally posted by benrl
Americans SHOULD be marching to Washington on this issue alone...
Oh wait somethings on tv...
I always make it a point to watch a little bit, even if its just the nightly recaps. Ever since I was little and wanted to go to the 84 L.A. Olympics... I had an aunt that promised me "next time there in LA we will take you" Son of a .... taking advantage of a 5 year olds knowledge of the world...
They sure did crucify Bush on his murder tho sure shows the double standard of American politics and it's congress.
That sums it up best really Americans had more problems with "rendition" than they do of the current guy in the oval office on his murdering sprees.
Rep, Dem, it doesn't matter the outcry should be the same.
Originally posted by benrl
reply to post by mee30
Yep, and I routinely write my congressmen and house representatives, volunteered for the RP campaign making calls.
Keeping up with the nightly Olympic totals is hardly sitting on my ass like the standard couch potato...
It just kinda tickled me a bit to see you take a swipe at the TV while previously admitting to watching it... No biggy really, was more of a joke than anything else.... Let me buy you a beer.
Just saying if you really want to get nit picky, I actually don't have "tv" service, just internet, to which I now download an watch anything that interest me. Because I am critical of the level of television watching that takes place in America does that mean I can not watch anything on the "tv"? Its funny that you felt it necessary to look at my post history to deliver that tid bit of information.
Originally posted by Jean Paul Zodeaux
Oh yes you do need those stinking badges and we're the ones who issue those badges, see? If you want a license to kill, Mr. President, we may grant you one, but don't think for a single second that you alone get to kill without a license, that's Congress' job and if we're going to let you do it too then you're going to have to ask for our approval first. We don't mind you killing American's Mr. President. What we mind is that you're doing it without our consent.
edit on 31-7-2012 by Jean Paul Zodeaux because: (no reason given)