Tuesday, March 12

Democrats demand full legal basis for drone strikes…finally

"In a letter sent Monday, Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA) said a leaked Department of Justice memo showed an 'increasing devolution of accountability, transparency, and Constitutional protections in U.S. counterterrorism operations.'" …
"The House Democrats were particularly concerned that the memo appeared to have no defined geographic boundaries, did not identify officials with the authority to approve so-called 'kill-lists,' provided a vague definition of feasible, and used a broad definition of 'imminent threat.'
"'The executive branch's claim of authority to deprive citizens of life, and to do so without explaining the legal bases for doing so, sets a dangerous precedent and is a model of behavior that the United States would not want other nations to emulate,' the letter stated."
House Democrats demand Obama release ‘full legal basis’ for drone strikes (The Raw Story)