February 18, 2014
Last week the Obama administration anonymously leaked (under terms of anonymity obligingly offered by the Associated Press) the information that it has decided to assassinate another American citizen without charge or trial.
Four safely unnamed officials reassured the public of all the soul-searching, hand-wringing and gratifyingly intense West-Wing-style backroom drama which the Administration had undergone in the course of its decision to kill this newest, as-yet-unnamed American, setting itself (we are told) some genuinely difficult hoops to jump through, which, once jumped, would of course give it the legal authority to kill an American citizen without the mere formality of actual charges or a trial.
“One U.S. official” (unnamed) “said the Defense Department was divided over whether the man is dangerous enough to merit the potential domestic fallout“ – quite the P.R. brouhaha – “of killing an American without charging him with a crime or trying him.” However, the article continued, “Another of the U.S. officials” (also unnamed) “said the Pentagon did ultimately decide to recommend lethal action.”
So that’s that, then.