Who gets to make this call? The same people (CIA) who got WMD wrong in Iraq (and the politicians rubber stamped?) and who gets to define “imminent?” and how is “imminent” defined?

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Just like you, I do not want the US hit by terrorism.  I was there when the plane hit the Pentagon and for months thereafter I covered 9/11 for months.  I have see the heartbreaks.  I have covered many other acts of terrorism since then, before 9/11, and not just here at home but around the world.  Terrorists are evil.

But — is this (below) how America should be fighting terrorism? Read below and tell me what you think:

The Justice Department says the US

– can lawfully kill

– a US citizen

– overseas

– if it (who is “it?” Is “it” the same organization that said – got it wrong – there were WMD’s in Iraq when we went in?) determines that US citizen is a “senior, operational leader of Al Qaeda…” (and what level of proof? suspected? rumor? proof beyond a reasonable doubt? other? and what does it mean to be “senior?”  Who defines this?)

– and poses an imminent (what is imminent? within the hour? day? week? month? year? and who gets to define what is imminent? the “it” above gets to define it? the President?) threat to the United States?

Note that the Washington Post writes this about the Justice Department document authorizing the killings:


“…The document defines “imminent threat” expansively, saying it does not have to be based on intelligence about a specific attack because such actions are being “continually” planned by al-Qaeda. “In this context,” it says, “imminence must incorporate considerations of the relevant window of opportunity” as well as possible collateral damage to civilians.




It says that such determinations can be made by an “informed, high-level official of the U.S. government.”  CLICK HERE