‘That’s the essence of the cri de Coeur bubbling up from a varied group of human rights advocacy groups, academics, and public service law firms, as they struggle to understand Obama’s incendiary ruling – a ruling thus far made only by the Executive Branch of government, and not yet overseen by Congress or tested in any court. Even conservative lawyers are suggesting various tweaks and more major changes to legitimize the targeted killings.
To many of the policy’s critics, Obama’s actions reveal an insatiable desire to keep expanding the power of the Executive Branch of Government, and to do so in the opaque manner the President was so critical of when he was campaigning in 2007-8. Obama, it is suggested, also maintains a keen interest in keeping his “get tough on terrorists” image that rose to prominence with the killing of Osama bin Laden.
The very existence of the Obama Administration’s “kill list” — individuals, including US citizens, who the government says have dedicated themselves to destroying Americans and US interests and who the government says may legally be killed by the government — has rocked the legal world.’