Secret Document Just Released Proves Obama Can Kill Americans With Drone Strikes


After a brief holiday last week, I returned to some heavy reading courtesy of the federal government. Some of the materials that I read were gratifying, and one was terrifying.

In one week, the Supreme Court told the police that if they want to examine the contents of our cellphones, whether at traffic stops or serious crime scenes, they need to get a warrant. The court told small-business owners that they needn’t pay for government-mandated insurance policies that provide for abortions for their employees because the government is without authority to command them to do so. It told the president that he cannot wait until Saturday morning, when the Senate is not in session, to appoint high-level officials whose jobs require Senate confirmation–and then claim that they do not require Senate confirmation because the Senate was in recess. And it told selfless parents who stay home to care for their disabled children that the government may not force them to join health-care labor unions and pay union dues against their will.

Buried in these opinions was a legal memorandum sent to the president on July 16, 2010, nearly four years ago, and released last week, after two years of litigation aimed at obtaining it.

The Obama administration had successfully resisted the efforts of The New York Times and others to induce a judge to order the release of the memo by claiming that it contained state secrets. The judge who reviewed the memo concluded that it was merely a legal opinion, and yet she referred to herself as being in “Alice in Wonderland”: The laws are public, and the judicial opinions interpreting them are public, so how could a legal opinion be secret? Notwithstanding her dilemma, she accepted the government’s absurd claims, and the Times appealed.

Then the government shot itself in the foot when it surreptitiously released a portion of its secret memo to NBC News. This infuriated the panel of federal appellate judges hearing the Times’ appeal, and they ordered the entire memo released. Either it is secret or it is not, the court thundered — and the government, which is bound by the transparency commanded by the First Amendment, cannot pick and choose which parts of its work to reveal to its favorite reporters and which to conceal from the rest of us.

Last week, the administration released the memo. It consists of 40 highly blacked-out pages, the conclusion of which is that the president can order the CIA to kill Americans who are present in foreign countries and who, in the opinion of high-level government officials, pose a threat to Americans and may be difficult to arrest.

The memorandum acknowledges that it is unprecedented in its scope and novel in its conclusion, and requires predicting what courts will do if they review it. Lawyers often predict for their clients what courts will do, and thus from their predictions, extrapolate advice for their clients. But history has recorded no memo before this one that has advised a president in writing that he is free to kill an American who is not engaging in violence. The logic of the memorandum states that Americans overseas who join organizations that promote acts of terror are the equivalent of enemy soldiers in uniform in wartime. It follows, the memo argues, that because Congress has authorized the president to kill foreign terrorists when they are in foreign lands, he can kill Americans there as well.

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  1. Edwardkoziol says:

    So far the only good thing that Obutthole done is kill that american terrorist over in some camel humping country.He wipes out the good by giving 5 terrorists for 1 deserter.

  2. If you as an American leave this country and then join a group that is anti American, and only wants harm to come to your fellow countrymen then guess what, KABOOM your deceased! It's no different when Americans betrayed the US during the Cold War and defected to Russia, thereby giving them secrets and anything else they had, that was potentially harmful to Americans, KABOOM baby, kaaaaaboooom!

  3. Shavager says:

    PEOPLE, PEOPLE–the Earl Warren Supreme Court gave presidential administrations AND future Congress' the declaratory SHOT across the bow of the Federal Government in Reid v Covert 354 US 1, 1957 when it DECLARED: "NO agreement with a foreign nation can CONFER POWER on the Congress, OR ON ANY OTHER BRANCH OF GOVERNMENT, WHICH IS FREE FROM THE RESTRAINTS OF THE CONSTITUTION." The Supreme Court has regularly and UNIFORMLY recognized the SUPREMACY of the U.S. Constitution over any TREATY. The Court went on to say: "At the beginning we REJECT the idea that when the United States acts AGAINST CITIZENS ABROAD it can do so free of the Bill of Rights. The United States is ENTIRELY A CREATURE OF THE CONSTITUTION. Its POWER AND AUTHORITY HAVE NO OTHER SOURCE. It can ONLY act in accordance with ALL the limitations imposed by the Constitution. When the government reaches out to PUNISH a citizen who is abroad, the SHIELD which the Bill of Rights and other parts of the Constitution provide to protect him SHOULD NOT BE STRIPPED AWAY just because he happens to be in another land." Even abroad, EVERY U.S. Citizen is GUARANTEED his Constitutional RIGHTS vs. actions by the Federal government. ONLY IF, a Citizen should be physically engaged in ARMED conflict against American Military personnel, can he be considered a "legal target" since he has voluntarily given up his citizenship by taking arms against America.

  4. Raymond says:

    The signs of the end times are everywhere…

    As we witness such things as the spread of globalism, the building of a one-world church, the increase of wickedness, the breakdown of the traditional family, the destruction of that priceless bastion of liberty called America, the normalization of homosexuality, the callous murder of babies, the filthy pop culture, the breathtaking increase in governmental surveillance, we become fearful, uncertain, frustrated, angry, and discouraged, but this is because our minds and hearts are too focused on things of this world rather than things above. Too often we have the same short view that “conservative” unbelievers have rather than the long view that comes from the light of Bible prophecy…

    The devil is the god of this world, and his handiwork is evident everywhere, but he is not God and he is not in control of the times and the seasons.

    “Daniel answered and said, Blessed be the name of God for ever and ever: for wisdom and might are his: And he changeth the times and the seasons: he removeth kings, and setteth up kings: he giveth wisdom unto the wise, and knowledge to them that know understanding” (Dan. 2:20-21).

    We should stand in the confidence that the present evil is exceedingly temporary and will soon be cut down.

    Please visit my Bible prophecy website at:

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