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  •  I think the biggest concern (3+ / 0-)

    in the targeted killing program is lack of oversight.  And as you note, no such oversight exists.  The AUMF is overly broad, and I have always thought it was a blank check to the executive.

    The courts have no say in military decision-making, as has been traditionally the case under the political question doctrine.  So the oversight responsibilities are left up to Congress.  They don't seem to want to do anything, so the executive is left to his own devices.

    I personally do not have any problem with the death of Anwar al-Awlaki as an individual case.  I certainly sympathize with the concerns that a different president could in theory expand upon the use of these powers.  But it's really up to Congress to reign in this power by curtailing the AUMF or setting up some kind of panel that gives another opinion on targeted killing policies.

    •  Congress is doing better lately. (1+ / 0-)
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      It was Congress that demanded the white paper, and they have gotten other information out of the administration as a result of the Brennan hearings.

      I agree that Congressional oversight is the key here.  They need to keep a close eye on what the executive is doing with the power the legislature granted to them, and the funds they authorized them to use.

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      by joe from Lowell on Sun Feb 10, 2013 at 10:26:47 AM PST

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    •  My concern about ai-Awlaki (0+ / 0-)

      Is that there is no evidence he was planning an attack.  So how was he imminent danger?  

      Seems to me that there must be some oversight.  Whether its the courts, a special panel or Congress is not something I thought through.  But leaving it to the CIA / White House is not good enough IMHO.  

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      by noofsh on Sun Feb 10, 2013 at 07:43:38 PM PST

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