Hey Barry, Where's Your License To Kill?

Congress wants to know why the White house thinks the president has the legal authority to order the assassination of Americans overseas


Congress is finally standing up to President Barack Obama on targeted killing. Almost a year after three American citizens were killed in US drone strikes, legislators are pushing the administration to explain why it believes it's legal to kill American terror suspects overseas.

Congress is considering two measures that would compel the Obama administration to show members of Congress what Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) calls Obama's "license to kill": internal memos outlining the legal justification for killing Americans overseas without charge or trial. Legislators have been asking administration officials to release the documents for nearly a year, raising the issue multiple times in hearings and letters. But the new proposals, including one from Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) first flagged by blogger Marcy Wheeler and another in a separate intelligence bill, aren't requests—they would mandate disclosure. That shift shows both Republicans and Democrats are growing impatient with the lack of transparency on targeted killings.

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  1. If it’s legal to target a U.S. citizen in a foreign country for doing something illegal under U.S. law, would it be a crime if someone took a shot at a very, very high ranking U.S. public official, providing that official were not within the borders of the United States at the time?

    If it’s not illegal, that’s a hell of a precedent for our president’s personal safety.

    We impeached a president for perjury. What’s the proper treatment for a president who is guilty of conspiracy to commit first degree murder?

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