Obama’s kill lists

Lots of pixels are justifiably spilled today following a long, detailed article in the New York Times about the Obama administration’s use of kill lists, drone attacks, and other extrajudicial tactics for fighting perceived enemies. Except, of course, we find out that in this case enemies include any military age men in an area where we think Al Qaeda or other terrorists are operating and we can’t prove after the fact that they weren’t in fact terrorists. I highly recommend reading Glenn Greenwald, Charles Pierce, Scarecrow, Digby, David Dayen, and Marcy Wheeler.

I don’t have a lot to add beyond what the folks linked above have written. It’s all just so painfully outrageous and infuriating that this is being done in our name, let alone by a Democratic constitutional law professor, let alone by a Democratic constitutional law professor who used to oppose these things as a candidate for higher office. I will say this: if Mitt Romney wins in November, Democrats will at least go back to opposing things like extrajudicial killing, rendition, indefinite detention, warrantless wiretapping of Americans, and on and on and on.

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