Glenn Greenwald shows a clip of Defense Secretary Leon Panetta being asked about the Obama administration’s murder of Anwar al-Awlaki and then proceeds to rip to shreds all the rationalizations offered by Panetta (and Democratic Party supporters) to mask the fact that the administration has decided it has the right to decide in secret which Americans can be killed without any due process and then carry out the murder.
It is chilling to think that right now, anyone at all can be in the crosshairs of the hired guns of the president and not even know that they are or why. No indictments, no trial, nothing is necessary anymore to be deemed guilty and worthy of summary execution. All they have to do is call you a terrorist and you immediately lose all your rights.
As Greenwald says,
Here we have the U.S. Defense Secretary, life-long Democrat Leon Panetta, telling you as clearly as he can that this is exactly the operating premise of the administration in which he serves: once the President accuses you of being a Terrorist, a decision made in secret and with no checks or due process, we can do anything we want to you, including executing you wherever we find you. It’s hard to know what’s more extraordinary: that he feels so comfortable saying this right out in the open, or that so few people seem to mind. [Emphasis in original-MS]
It is despicable how this administration hides its blatant disregard for the law in pious statements about their respect for the law.