Executive Power, 2010 Edition

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Mark of New Jersey

Mark is a Founding Editor of The League of Ordinary Gentlemen, the predecessor of Ordinary Times.

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  1. Avatar trizzlor says:

    noting that this is an even more remarkable assertion than anything Bush ever claimed

    The emphasis is on “claimed”, as the underlying story specifies such “assassinations” were approved several times under Bush. Should we be surprised? The domestic police forces obviously have the right to kill US citizens and do so quite frequently. If we accept collateral damage as a necessary evil, at some point the victim will be a WASP and then we’ll have to seriously re-evaluate our policies.Report

    • Avatar Jaybird says:

      If my government is going to have a policy of killing, like, whomever it wants, I’d hope it has the decency to keep such a policy double-secret.

      Once it makes the policy official, we’ll have to deal with policy creep.Report

  2. Avatar Bob Cheeks says:

    Transplanted Lawyer: Where’s the outrage? How naive, dude.
    It’s different for Democrats! Think FDR’s vacation facilities for Japanese-Americans during the war, Woodrow Wilson’s arrests of American citizens, Vietnam, Korea, and now Dear Leader’s $4 Trillion dollar daficet!Report

    • Avatar Katherine says:

      Of course it’s different for Democrats. Criticizing your own party (from the left) is considered disloyal, and hell will freeze over before Republicans oppose expansions of executive security powers. When Republicans are in the more left-wing Democrats are in a better position to get some press coverage of their criticism – but who bothers following Glenn Greenwald now? The media only cares about criticism from the right, whose only issue in this realm is that Obama hasn’t claimed enough unchecked executive power.Report

  3. Avatar Kyle says:

    I was kind of wondering when one of you guys would mention this, glenn greenwald’s been fantastic on the subject and Conor calls them the Administration’s actual death panels which is both (and sadly) amusing and accurate.

    (http://www.salon.com/opinion/greenwald/2010/02/04/assassinations/index.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed:+salon/greenwald+%28Glenn+Greenwald)Report

  4. Avatar historystudent says:

    They just keep sliding farther down that slippery slope. It was only a matter of time before this claim was made.

    Americans need to watch every single move their government makes, and demand retractions of statements such as this.Report

  5. Avatar Mike Schilling says:

    The GOP still calls Obama soft on terrorism, of course.Report

  6. Avatar Rufus says:

    My answer has been to spend six years asking Republicans, “How will you feel when President Hillary Clinton claims these powers for her administration?” and now to ask the Democrats in my workplace, “How will you feel when President Jeb Bush claims these powers for his administration?”Report