The United States “is engaged in a war on the Muslim nations of the Middle East over control of oil and other natural resources and strategic shipping lanes”, says Joe Iosbaker, spokesperson of the United National Antiwar Coalition.
Iosbaker says the U.S. war on Muslim countries is the real reason behind the assassinations of American citizens abroad.
The fact that the U.S. government’s can order the killing of American citizens is a “terrible development”, Iosbaker said in an interview with Press TV’s U.S. Desk.
“The justification can only be one of an imperial president who takes powers greater than that allowed or provided in the constitution”.
A confidential Justice Department memo concludes that the U.S. government can order the killing of American citizens if they are believed to be “senior operational leaders” of al-Qaeda or “an associated force” -- even if there is no intelligence indicating they are engaged in an active plot to attack the U.S.
The 16-page memo provides new details about the legal reasoning behind one of the Obama administration’s most secretive and controversial polices: its dramatically increased use of drone strikes against al-Qaida suspects, including those aimed at American citizens, such as the September 2011 strike in Yemen that killed alleged al-Qaida operatives Anwar al-Awlaki and Samir Khan. Both were U.S. citizens who had never been indicted by the U.S. government nor charged with any crimes. infowars.com
Human rights activists and other critics have questioned the Obama administration’s policy of using drone strikes against alleged al-Qaeda operatives, including U.S. citizens. The key question in the debate has to do with whether the federal government is within its power to kill Americans who have not been indicted or charged with any crimes. theblaze.com