I’m now soaking myself in all that I can about this issue after reading the original article.
Find the blog links to Tom Junod’s post after the quotation.
“As I’ve researched and explored the implications of the Lethal Presidency, I’ve talked to people who’ve asked what might be the alternative to it — and who have decided that entrusting the president with the power of life and death is the only way to keep Americans safe. Perhaps it is. But I’ll be posting right here about “The Lethal Presidency of Barack Obama” all week, and I’d like to end this post with a modest proposal.
Barack Obama has created the Lethal Presidency by insisting he that he has been given the power to kill, in secret, anyone who is plotting against Americans or American interests, even if he or she is an American citizen.
It will be very difficult to constrain that power, no matter who is president. But if the Lethal Presidency is going to have any accountability at all, we should demand that Congress pass a law stating that if the administration kills an American citizen, it should not be able to keep all the particulars secret. The administration should be compelled to say who it killed and why. It should be compelled to say why it killed Abdulrahman al-Awlaki, and the obvious fact that it will never do so — and that such a modest law as the one I’m proposing will never be passed — shows how entrenched the Lethal Presidency has become, and how lethal it really is.