It's Presidents Day. Are this president and any future presidents allowed to kill anyone they want?
"An American citizen who is a member of al-Qaida is actively planning attacks against Americans overseas, U.S. officials say," the Associated Press reports -- "and the Obama administration is wrestling with whether to kill him with a drone strike and how to do so legally under its new stricter targeting policy issued last year."
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The Fifth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution clearly states: "No person shall be ... deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law."
Click here to remind President Obama of the Constitution he used to study and teach in law school.
Without making any exception for the president, the Constitution requires adherence to the Fifth Amendment. "Due process" is mandatory, not optional. Legality is a question of law, not policy, even if most U.S. media coverage fails to distinguish between the two.
Click here to tell the president: You are not allowed to kill whoever you want on your own say-so.
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Associated Press: U.S. Suspect Possibly Targeted for Drone Attack
LA Times: Obama Administration Mulls Lethal Strike on American in Pakistan
Independent: Pakistani Court Declares U.S. Drone Strikes Illegal