Monday, February 06, 2006
If Jack Bauer Can Do It... Why Not Bush??
Exclusive: Can the President Order a Killing on U.S. Soil?
Feb. 13, 2006 issue - In the latest twist in the debate over presidential powers, a Justice Department official suggested that in certain circumstances, the president might have the power to order the killing of terrorist suspects inside the United States. Steven Bradbury, acting head of the department's Office of Legal Counsel, went to a closed-door Senate intelligence committee meeting last week to defend President George W. Bush's surveillance program. During the briefing, said administration and Capitol Hill officials (who declined to be identified because the session was private), California Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein asked Bradbury questions about the extent of presidential powers to fight Al Qaeda; could Bush, for instance, order the killing of a Qaeda suspect known to be on U.S. soil? Bradbury replied that he believed Bush could indeed do this, at least in certain circumstances.
Why would this "shock" anyone. Wouldn't anyone imagine that the president has the power to have a terrorist taken out if he should make landfall on U.S. soil? One would certainly hope so.
I just cannot imagine why this is a "story", or why it is being billed as an "exclusive". Seems like common sense to me.