Category: Security

A majority of Americans think that targeted drone killings Unconstitutional

A new Reason-Rupe poll finds that a majority of Americans think President Obama’s targeted killing program, which famously allowed the CIA to assassinate an American-born Muslim cleric living in Yemen as well has his American-born teenage son, to be unconstitutional.

When asked if they thought it was “constitutional or unconstitutional for the president of the United States to order the killing of American citizens who are suspected of being terrorists,” 57 percent of respondents said they thought it was unconstitutional, including 65 percent of Republicans, 64 percent of independents, and 44 percent of Democrats.

New Poll Finds 57 Percent of Americans Think Obama’s Assassination Program Is Unconstitutional

On the one hand I do not want to tie the hands of the people that we expect to protect us (and blame when they don’t or can’t) but on the other hand this puts way to much power into the hands of one person  (the President). And I don’t think we as a people are served well by these type of action and could some day find this same type of justice used against us both as a people and as a country.