WASHINGTON – The Obama administration’s top Pentagon lawyer on Wednesday said that American citizens who join Al Qaeda can be targeted for killing and that courts should have no role in reviewing executive branch decisions about whether someone has met such criteria.
“Belligerents who also happen to be U.S. citizens do not enjoy immunity where non-citizen belligerents are valid military objectives,” said Jeh C. Johnson, the Defense Department general counsel, in a speech at Yale Law School…
Ask yourself: who defines al Qaeda? What, exactly, is al Qaeda? How many steps of separation need to exist between yourself and a “non-citizen belligerent” for you to be considered in the safe zone? Who defines “belligerents”? Taking into account that we have targeted assassinations of ‘terrorists’ going on in at least 7 countries right now, while technically at war with no-one (land invasions do not count as war – a war requires two sides, and you don’t just get to make the other side up when you get there), what are “valid military objectives”?
And that, my friends, is life in these United States of America, today, the 25th of February, in the year of our Lord 2012.
In light of this situation, I can only suggest you listen to this song again. Then either go back to bed or pick up a pitchfork, depending upon your wont.