The Intercept has obtained a cache of secret documents detailing the inner workings of the U.S. military’s assassination
International law is suddenly very popular in Washington. President Obama responded to Russian military intervention in the Crimea by accusing Russia of a "breach of international law." Unfortunately, during the last five years, no world leader has done more to undermine international law than Barack Obama.
President Obama's declaration that "America is at a crossroads" in the fight against terror, a fight that is increasingly turning inwards, setting its sights on homegrown extremists, should give every American pause.
It may be that the time has come to create a "non-political" and "independent" attorney general, one who would serve the interests of the public by upholding the rule of law rather than justifying the whims of the president.
America's moral leadership is gone; we have subverted our own liberties -- we have panicked in an unmanly manner. Taken together, these failures and transgressions are a heavy load on the collective national psyche. We are now a people whose timidity in acknowledging their failings is fear by another name.
Expediency is never a justification for unconstitutional and immoral actions. It has proved incredibly easy to assassinate someone (and his family) half a world away. And that is what makes this new style of warfare so attractive... and so dangerous.
Under international law, in an armed conflict the United States can kill members of the armed forces of the enemy, or civilians while they directly participate in hostilities. In Afghanistan, the United States is still clearly in an armed conflict. But where else does the law of armed conflict apply?
So what does the future hold? Unless President Obama changes course -- and drastically so -- freedom as we have known it will become extinct.
Another problem for the second term frequently cited by many critics of the program, including those who support the limited