Responding to a tsunami of outrage across the political spectrum over the Obama administration’s lawless power grabs, a coalition of liberty-minded Republicans introduced a bill in Congress last week that would specifically prohibit the executive branch from using military strikes on U.S. soil to murder American citizens. The lawmakers behind the wildly popular effort said it was aimed at protecting the Constitution and the unalienable rights of Americans.
The three-page legislation (H.R. 1269), dubbed the “Life, Liberty, and Justice for All Americans Act,” addresses widespread public concerns and has already attracted broad support among activists opposed to the federal government’s wild claims — especially the notion that the president can unilaterally decide to extra-judicially execute or indefinitely detain anyone in the world without due process, trial, or even formal charges. Incredibly, according to the administration, even Americans can be killed or “disappeared” by Obama.
The woefully uninformed may wonder why a law prohibiting something so obviously unlawful would be necessary. After all, the U.S. government is supposed to be limited by the Constitution and its Bill of Rights. The document, of course, enshrines the unalienable right to due process of law and a trial by jury before a person can be deprived of life, liberty, or property. The Declaration of Independence also points out that those rights come from God — not government.
The Obama administration, however, has openly admitted to believing that it can execute Americans without even charging them with a crime. In fact, it has already done so in multiple cases, including the deliberate execution by drone-fired missile of a 16-year-old American boy in Yemen. The teen’s only apparent “crime” was being related to his late father, an alleged Islamic extremist who was also blown to bits by a U.S. missile despite never having been charged with anything.
The Justice Department, headed by disgraced Attorney General Eric “Fast and Furious” Holder, actually produced a “memo” purporting to justify the criminal practice. The White House later claimed that executing Americans without due process is “legal,” “necessary,” “ethical,” and “wise.” Meanwhile, under the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), the president supposedly has the authority to use the U.S. military to indefinitely detain anyone suspected of supporting “terrorism” — again without charges or trial.
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