Recently I inquired with John Boehner’s office regarding the Obama Administration’s assertion that it is legal for the White House to order drone strikes against citizen’s of the United States. This is the reply that I received:
Thank you for contacting me. It is good to hear from you.
On February 4, 2013, NBC News reported that it obtained a Department of Justice memo that defines the “legal framework for considering the circumstances in which the U.S. government could use lethal force in a foreign country outside the area of active hostilities against a U.S. citizen who is a senior operational leader of al-Qa’ida or an associated force of al-Qa’ida[.]”
House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers (R-MI) released a statement with which I agree. In his statement Chairman Rogers said:
When an individual has joined al-Qaida – the organization responsible for the murder of thousands of Americans – and actively plots future attacks against U.S. citizens, soldiers, and interests around the world, the U.S. government has both the authority and the obligation to defend the country against that threat.
Thank you again for contacting me with your thoughts. Please don’t hesitate to inform me of your concerns in the future. To sign up for email updates, I invite you to visit my website at http://johnboehner.house.gov.
John A. Boehner
Member of Congress”
So basically, if the White House, Mike Rogers, and John Boehner decide that a citizen needs to be killed then it’s ok. No due process, no trial by jury, nothing of the sort. The White House has provided no evidence in a US court of law that these individuals had joined AlQaida. For all we know, this was a political enemy of the White House.
Boehner is as bad as Obama at trampling the Constitution. Our own Congressman, let alone one of the most powerful men in Washington as Speaker of the House is complicit in this administration’s unlawful and unethical behavior.
John Boehner professes to be a conservative, but every chance he gets he demonstrates the fact that he is a big government liberal masquerading as a conservative. A true limited government conservative would have excercised the power of the legislative branch at minimum.
This is a slippery slope as drone strikes are now accepted if they happen to Americans in Yemen or other Middle East countries, what about when they start happening here at home. Will Boehner speak up then? I doubt it.