Sorry not some review of some random network melodrama….in this case I am reffering to the government sanctioning assassinations.
If you have a grasp on American history then you may know that Pres. Ford signed a bill that would NOT allow assassinations by the US ………how many Americans even know that this law exists?
– In 1976, President Ford issued Executive Order 11905 to clarify U.S. foreign intelligence activities. The order was enacted in response to the post-Watergate revelations that the CIA had staged multiple attempts on the life of Cuban President Fidel Castro.
In a section of the order labeled “Restrictions on Intelligence Activities,” Ford outlawed political assassination: Section 5(g), entitled “Prohibition on Assassination,” states: “No employee of the United States Government shall engage in, or conspire to engage in, political assassination.”
Since 1976, every U.S. president has upheld Ford’s prohibition on assassinations. In 1978 President Carter issued an executive order with the chief purpose of reshaping the intelligence structure. In Section 2-305 of that order, Carter reaffirmed the U.S. prohibition on assassination.
One could argue that the drone strikes are a form of assassination and I am sure there is a ruling that makes that somehow exempt from the law Ford signed into policy……and now there is another break in that law……
A new report from CNN reveals that the Obama Administration has created a “hit list” of suspected ISIS members it intends to kill. Officials say the project has been at work for months, with people getting added all the time.
Topping the list, unsurprisingly, is Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the caliph of the ISIS state in Iraq and Syria, and leader of the group. “Jihadi John,” the unidentified man with a British accent in some videos, is also up near the top of the list.
I am not here to argue whether the people “targeted” are deserving or not…..only that it appears to be a blatant breaking of the law. All I am saying is that a cold calculated killing of another individual is murder……and ergo assassination.
Are we a nation of laws or not?