“The government needs the approval of a judge to detain a suspected terrorist. To kill one, it need only give itself permission.”
And here I was, thinking that 1984 is just a good book. The quote is courtesy of Adam Serwer and his accurate description of the white paper recently published by the NBC. Direct from the US Department of Justice this shameless piece of bureaucracy tells us that it’s ok for the US government to decide one of its’ citizens deaths if:
– An informed, high level-official of the U.S. government has determined that the targeted individual poses an imminent threat of violent attack against the United States.
– Capture is infeasible, and the United States continues to monitor whether capture becomes feasible; and
– the operation would be conducted in a manner consistent with applicable law of war principles.
So a single high-level official gets to play God by making use of whatever constitutes due process. Nice, isn’t it? Especially since this is live from the Obama administration that, wouldn’t you know, just landed another term in office. Not that another administration, Democrat or Republican, would have been anything other than a piece taken straight out of Orwell’s book anyway.
The Handmaid’s tale, V for Vendetta, 1984, it’s just so refreshing to see some of your favourite books playout right accross the street. Makes you wonder if you’ll get to see them up-close on your side of the pavement.