In the past when a government killed someone it used to be called an assassination.
The U.S. government now uses the term: targeted killings.
At John Brennan’s, CIA conformation hearing on Feb 8, Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) used an even more obstructive term: targeted lethal force.
What comes to mind is George Orwell’s 1984, and the Ministry of Truth, where the whole point is to obscure the truth.
The current administration is hiding – hiding behind watered down words. There is no reason to hide unless the administration is afraid that what they are doing is wrong.
Mirriam-Webster’s dictionary describes assassination as an act: “To murder (a usually prominent person) by sudden or secret attack often for political reasons.”
This is exactly what the president is doing with drone attacks – murder: sudden and secret.
In an article by Charles Krauthammer on the Fox News website, he uses the argument that we are at war with Al Qaeda and terrorism, therefore these ‘targeted killings’ are not assassinations, but acts of war.
If this is true, then we are at war with anyone and everyone the president decides to be at war with. We can attack anyone with just the say so of the president.
Krauthammer goes on to say: “But today’s war is entirely different: no front line, no end in sight.”
The idea that we are in an endless war should strike fear in everyone.
In the name of this war the president has expanded his power – his power to kill without checks and balances and without due process.
One of the basic principals of the founding fathers when they created this country was to avoid the coalescing of power in one individual, therefore the checks and balances built into the system. The Constitution also gave the citizens the Fifth Amendment, guaranteeing due process of law.
With President Obama’s use of drone assassinations in Pakistan and Yemen, he has overstepped the bounds of the United States Constitution and garnered himself the power over life and death, more power than any one man should wield.