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How Obama Transformed an Old Military Concept So He Can Drone Americans Danger Room Wired com

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“Imminence” used to mean something in military terms: namely, that an adversary had begun preparations for an assault. In order to justify his drone strikes on American citizens, President Obama redefined that concept to exclude any actual adversary attack. That’s the heart of the Justice Department’s newly-leaked white paper, first reported by NBC News, explaining why a “broader concept of imminence” (.PDF) trumps traditional Constitutional protections American citizens enjoy from being killed by their government without due process. It’s an especially striking claim when considering that the actual number of American citizens who are “senior operational leader[s] of al-Qaida or its associated forces” is vanishingly small. As much as Obama talks about rejecting the concept of “perpetual war” he’s providing, and institutionalizing, a blueprint for it.

Which makes me wonder how it will continue in the hands of a less capable person.

Then again, I've thought that way about the Constitution, too.

A bus full of Nuns is going over a hill....

Thanks for putting THAT image in my head...

a bus full of nuns is going over the hill

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