In recent weeks, the Obama administration has released two documents related to its programme of extrajudicial executions: The first was the secret memo that, like the Bush torture memo, was drafted by political appointees provide legal cover for criminal conduct I which the administration wished to engage. The second came in the form of Attorney-General Eric Holder’s letter to Rand Paul (KY-Plutocrat) in response to the latter’s question about the possible use of drones to execute US citizens within the US. The one is a secret get-out-of-jail-free card for internal use, whereas the other is a policy statement for public consumption.
In order to understand what Obama & Co. are telling us, we must read the two documents in tandem. Continue reading →