President Obama told CNN this week that he can kill Americans or non-Americans, the difference being that with Americans their killing amounts to their Constitutionally guaranteed due process.
Click here to email the President to reject this devastating "interpretation" of the Constitution.
CNN asked Obama how he chooses names for his kill list, but he declined to say. Obama claimed that there are checks on his power, pointing only to checks by his own subordinates, not by courts, not by Congress, and not by the public -- which he reassures with vague statements that amount to "trust me."
Obama claimed that his preference is to capture people rather than to kill them. This does not fit with cases like that of Tariq Khan, a 16-year-old killed by drone strike following his participation in a conference at which he could have easily been captured. It does not fit with the lack of criminal charges against virtually any of the people killed.
Obama claimed that he avoids killing civilians, yet careful research has documented large numbers of civilians killed, including this week in Yemen.
Tell President Obama to live up to his own rhetorical support for the rule of law and due process.
Tell him that a drone strike or a bullet to the head does not constitute due process, for Americans or anyone else.
Due process is not, as comedian Stephen Colbert pointed out, just some process that you do.
Click to see a video of President Obama's comments.
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